Geocomputation - Research

This structured PhD programme in Geocomputation aims to:
• Build capacity for independent research.
• Enhance advanced specialist knowledge in Geocomputation alongside transferable and generic skills.
• Enable students to disseminate their research.

In addition to the modules associated with this particular course, this Structured PhD programme offers postgraduate researchers the opportunity to select from modules taught on the MSc in Geocomputation and professional skills training modules offered by different faculties or modules offered by other Departments which are of particular interest, for example research commercialisation.

Entry requirements

Candidates for research degrees will normally be expected to have at least an upper Second Class Honours degree or a relevant Masters degree. Relevant academic backgrounds include Geography, Computing Science, Surveying, Geomatics, Mathematics and Physics. We recommend that candidates contact the PhD Programme Director in the first instance. Applicants must have a recognised primary degree which is considered equivalent to Irish university primary degree level.

Minimum English language requirements:
• IELTS: 6.5 minimum overall score
• TOEFL (Paper based test): 585
• TOEFL (Internet based test): 95
• PTE (Pearson): 62

Maynooth University's TOEFL code is 8850


MH02B PhD 4 years Full-time
MH03B PhD 6 years Part-time
MH04B MSc by Research 2 years Full-time
MH05B MSc by Research 3 years Part-time

Careers or further progression

There is an international shortage of highly skilled researchers able to handle large and complex datasets. Thus far our PhD graduates have continued with research in academic environments but there are opportunities in public and private sector research and development, with environmental concerns and policy organisations: much depends on the substantive area of the thesis topic. This might focus on the innovative collection and processing of new datasets, on visualising complex datasets in multiple dimensions, on machine learning or on algorithms for the spatial analysis of data in a particular application area, for example health and retailing.

Further enquiries

PAC Code
MH02B Full-time
MH03B Part-time

The following information should be forwarded to PAC, 1 Courthouse Square, Galway or uploaded to your online application form:

Certified copies of all official transcripts of results for all non-Maynooth University qualifications listed MUST accompany the application. Failure to do so will delay your application being processed. Non-Maynooth University students are asked to provide two academic references and a copy of birth certificate or valid passport.

Subjects taught

Students must take a minimum of 30 credits in taught modules (15 in generic/transferable modules and 15 in subject/specialist modules) and not exceed 90 credits in taught modules over the duration of their Structured PhD programme.


The NCG is a leading international research centre committed to extending the understanding and utilisation of geographical data. Geocomputation encompasses the collection, storage, visualisation and analysis of spatial data and its application in addressing a variety of social, economic and environmental issues. The NCG's research impacts on a wide range of areas including health, environment, social policy, and the geosciences.

Application date

All applications should be made through the PAC system.

Closing Date : 30 June 2019

Research areas

Research interests include, but are not limited to, geographical information science, spatial data analysis, spatial modelling, geographically weighted regression, large scale data handling, Mobile mapping systems, intelligent transportation systems, disaster management systems and health geography.

Course fee

In general, there are two levels of fees payable. EU students from EU countries including Ireland pay a subsidised level of fees for both taught courses and research programmes. Tuition fees for students from outside the EU are not subsidised and are thus somewhat higher than for EU students.

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