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Digital Enterprise Research Institute - Insight - Structured

Course overview
The Structured PhD is a 4-year programme which offers added value to the core component of doctoral training. Students on this programme are offered disciplinary or dissertation specific modules, as well as generic and transferable skills designed to meet the needs of an employment market that is wider than academia.

The programme is flexible and student centred, as candidates choose their own pathways in consultation with their Supervisor and Graduate Research Committee.

New entrants may register for the programme from September to March each year
The thesis remains central to the award of the PhD and is weighted at 330 ECTs.

Students select appropriate skills modules in consultation with their Supervisor and/or Postgraduate Research Committee as follows: At least 10 ECTs in two of the three skills categories, and an overall total of at least 30 ECTs

Skills Categories:
(i) Problem Based Learning;
(ii) Publication / Dissemination;
(iii) Formal Training (from a range of Discipline-specific, Interdisciplinary and Generic modules).

Entry requirements

PhD—high Honours standard in the primary degree.


Structured PhD, full-time—GYJ02 (four years duration)
Structured PhD, part-time—GYJ08 (six years duration)

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Research areas

Areas of interest

Linked Data Foundations - Professor Dietrich Rebholz-Schuhmann

Natural Language Processing - Dr. Paul Buitelaar

Information Mining and Retrieval - Dr. Conor Hayes

Knowledge Discovery - Dr. Brian Davis

Internet of Things - Dr. Martin Serrano

Reasoning and Querying - Dr. Alessandra Mileo

eGovernment - Dr. Adegboyega Ojo

Semantics in eHealth & Life Sciences - Dr. Ratnesh Sahay

Green and Sustainable IT - Dr. Edward Curry

Social Software - Dr. John Breslin

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