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Engineering - Research

School Description:
The School of Engineering is comprised of the Disciplines of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering; Electronic and Electrical Engineering; and Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering. Postgraduate activities within the School range from part and full-time Masters and Diploma courses to advanced research programmes usually leading to the award of Doctor in Philosophy (Ph.D.).

Entry requirements

Applicants must normally have an excellent primary degree, and / or professional qualification, in a relevant discipline from a reputable institution. In addition, PhD applicants should have an excellent Masters degree from a reputable institution. All applicants must have a fluent command of the English language. Since the demand for places is extremely high, these minimum requirements do not guarantee admission. Preference is given to the strongest academic applicants.

Further enquiries

School of Engineering
•Head of School: Professor Henry Rice
•Director of Teaching & Learning (Postgraduate): Professor Biswajit Basu
•Telephone: +353-1-896 1746
•Email: engineering@tcd.ie
•Url: www.tcd.ie/Engineering/

Comment

In exceptional circumstances it may be possible to register retrospectively. Applicants wishing to be considered for retrospective admission should contact the Graduate Studies Office by emailing research.admissions@tcd.ie

Application date

Before You Apply

You are encouraged to read carefully the wide range of information about pursuing a higher degree by research at Trinity College Dublin provided by the Graduate Studies Office. We also recommend that you familiarize yourself with the specific regulations relating to higher degrees by research set out in the Trinity College Calendar Part III.

It is important to be aware that preference is generally given to students who want to work in areas of research in which a potential supervisor has an existing research interest. Please review the information on finding a supervisor and the research interests of our supervising faculty members.

When to Apply

You may apply at any point between the application being opened in the autumn and the closing deadline of 30th June. Applicants are advised to apply as early as possible as supervisor capacity may be limited.

If you intend to study full-time and also intend applying for either Postgraduate Ussher Fellowships or Postgraduate Studentships you are required to submit your formal application for the Doctoral Programme no later than 30th April. These awards are highly competitive and you are advised to start preparing a high-quality application well in advance of this deadline.

If you envisage that your research will involve the collection and analysis of larger amounts of quantitative data you may wish to enrol for the Postgraduate Diploma in Statistics. The closing date to apply for this course is 30th June.

How to Apply

Applications should be made via our online application system. Go the the 'Application Weblink' below to choose the relevant degree and submit an application:

Please ensure that you provide all the documents required when making your online application. This must include:

•Two academic references;

•Academic transcripts which must be certified by the issuing body;

•A certified copy of degree certificate(s);

•A certified certificate of English Language Competency if English is not your first language (e.g. TOEFL or IELTS);

•Your research proposal

Applicants who have already been successful during a research grant interview or screening process (e.g. IRCSET, IRCHSS, Funded Research Positions, etc.) should provide relevant details as part of the application process. The online application process is mandatory even if your funding has been secured.

There is an online application fee of €55.

If you encounter difficulties in filing the relevant documentation you should direct your query to the Research Admissions Office . Please note that applications that are deemed incomplete due to the absence of key supporting documents will not proceed to the Doctoral Programme Committee for review.

Once you have submitted an online application you will be sent an acknowledgement email to the email address you provided when setting up your user account on the application system. The applicant portal will allow you to send and receive communications in respect of your application to Trinity College Dublin. You will be able to track the progress of your application at every stage of the admissions process, update your personal information, view decisions made on your application(s) and accept any offers you receive. For further information see: https://www.tcd.ie/courses/postgraduate/how-to-apply/

Research areas

School Description:

The School of Engineering is comprised of the Disciplines of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering; Electronic and Electrical Engineering; and Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering. Postgraduate activities within the School range from part and full-time Masters and Diploma courses to advanced research programmes usually leading to the award of Doctor in Philosophy (Ph.D.).

Research Programmes

The School of Engineering has an international reputation for its research activities and currently has an annual research income in excess of €6 million. This serves to support both graduate students and postdoctoral fellows who work in a stimulating environment with modern facilities and equipment. Suitably qualified candidates can apply for registration as graduate students working in the research areas outlined below and research funding often provides scholarships for Masters and Doctoral students, to cover the registration, course fees and living costs of research students. Currently, there are over 330 postgraduate students and a significant number of postdoctoral fellows and research associates, many of whom are from other European and non-European countries. Interested candidates are advised to make direct contact with the relevant academic staff member in the first instance. Information on the research activities of the staff can be obtained from our website https://www.tcd.ie/Engineering/research/

The School has an international research reputation in many topics, including water engineering, structural materials, behaviour and control, digital media processing, communications engineering, energy, vibrations and acoustics, fluids, fatigue, manufacturing technology, bioengineering, transport modelling and geotechnical testing. The research-led school includes internationally renowned experts in their fields. Most of its research is funded through collaborative projects involving industry, the EU and national government programmes.

The principal topic areas in Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering are Structural Engineering, Renewable Energy, Environmental Engineering, Transportation (based in the TRIP research centre see https://www.tcd.ie/transport-research/ ), Geotechnics and Sustainability. While sustainability is high on the agenda in many disciplines in Engineering, there is a specialised research centre in the Michael McNamara Centre for Construction Innovation and Sustainability (known as TrinityHaus – see http://www.trinityhaus.tcd.ie/).

The one-year taught postgraduate courses offered in this discipline lead to a Masters degree in civil engineering in three streams – Structures and Geotechnical, Transportation, and Environmental Engineering and seven different Postgraduate Diplomas. The M.Sc. taught course may be taken on a full-time basis over one year, or part-time over two years. It allows students to gain specialist knowledge in all areas of civil engineering.

The state-of-the-art laboratories, field units and the wide ranging expertise of both the academic and the technical staff combine to create the largest civil engineering research centre in Ireland.

In Electronic and Electrical Engineering there are a number of main research areas that lie within the broad engineering discipline of Information and Communications Technology, or ICT. An M.Phil. course in Music and Media Technology is run jointly with the Department of Music. Also a one-year full time MSc by Module taught course may be introduced next academic year.

In Information and Communications Engineering (see http://ctvr.ie/), activities centre on future communications systems with particular emphasis on reconfigurable and software radio, cognitive wireless networks and dynamic spectrum allocation regimes. Work in signal processing lies broadly in the areas of image/video processing, audio and acoustic signal analysis, speech recognition and synthesis and associated applications.

Advanced Engineering Materials and Microelectronic Technology is a well-established research area that includes the design and development of techniques for the measurement of the electrical properties of ferroelectric liquid crystals, glass-forming liquids and polymers and the magnetic and dielectric properties of nano-materials. In the microelectronics fabrication and test area, research interests include the preparation and characterisation of different structures formed on silicon. A one-year full time MSc by Module taught course is also available.

Research in Trinity Centre for Bioengineering (www.tcd.ie/bioengineering) covers neural engineering which involves the design, development and evaluation of biomedical signal processing methods to generate active implantable devices for use in neural engineering applications. There is also work on the design and development of biomedical instrumentation primarily for clinical applications, in particular the non-invasive measurement diagnostic parameters.

Also on offer is a taught M.Sc. course in Bioengineering, run jointly with University College Dublin. This course can be covered in one year full-time or over two years part-time. The course aims to equip engineering graduates with the necessary knowledge and skills to work in the medical device industry or as clinical engineers.

Mechanical Engineering houses excellent research and laboratory facilities. Projects are carried out by research groups specialising in Fluids Acoustics and Vibration, Heat Transfer and Thermodynamics, and Manufacturing and Materials Engineering. Researchers in these groups lead research activity in Bioengineering and Energy Devices and Systems.

The research activities of all research groups involve significant work on the application of advanced computer based numerical modelling and simulation for the solution of engineering problems so that there is a common theme of computer based analysis, modelling and experimental validation in each of these areas.

Enrolment and start dates

March 2020 Entry

Doctor in Philosophy, Civil, Structural and Environmental Eng (Part-Time)
Doctor in Philosophy, Civil, Structural and Environmental Eng (Full-Time)
Doctor in Philosophy, Electronic and Electrical Engineering (Part-Time)
Doctor in Philosophy, Electronic and Electrical Engineering (Full-Time)
Doctor in Philosophy, Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering (Part-Time)
Doctor in Philosophy, Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering (Full-Time)
Engineering (M.A.I.) (Part-Time)
Master in Science, Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering (Part-Time)
Master in Science, Civil Structural and Environmental Engineering (Full-Time)
Master in Science, Electronic and Electrical Engineering (Part-Time)
Master in Science, Electronic and Electrical Engineering (Full-Time)
Master in Science, Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering (Part-Time)
Master in Science, Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering (Full-Time)

September 2020 Entry

Doctor in Philosophy, Civil, Structural and Environmental Eng (Part-Time)
Doctor in Philosophy, Civil, Structural and Environmental Eng (Full-Time)
Doctor in Philosophy, Electronic and Electrical Engineering (Part-Time)
Doctor in Philosophy, Electronic and Electrical Engineering (Full-Time)
Doctor in Philosophy, Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering (Part-Time)
Doctor in Philosophy, Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering (Full-Time)
Engineering (M.A.I.) (Part-Time)
Master in Science, Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering (Part-Time)
Master in Science, Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering (Full-Time)
Master in Science, Electronic and Electrical Engineering (Part-Time)
Master in Science, Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering (Part-Time)
Master in Science, Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering (Full-Time)

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