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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

Social Semantic Web

Semantic Web Infrastructure

Web Knowledge Representation

Semantic Web Search & Structured Querying

Sensor Networks

Web Mining


Research Methodology & Writing

Semantic Web SW Engineering

High Performance Computing

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