Top

Computer Science & Statistics - Research

School Description:
The School of Computer Science and Statistics has a very active Ph.D. programme, with about 200 students currently enrolled. The objective of the programme is that its Ph.D. students undertake world-class research that will have a demonstrable impact on society at large and, in so doing, to have trained the researchers and academics of the future.

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 Computer Science and Statistics
•Head of School:Prof Carol O'Sullivan
•Director of Teaching & Learning (Postgraduate):Prof Owen Conlan
•Telephone:+353-1-896 1765
•Fax:+353-1-677 2204
•Email:postgraduate@scss.tcd.ie
•Url:www.scss.tcd.ie

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 Computer Science and Statistics has a very active Ph.D. programme, with about 200 students currently enrolled. The objective of the programme is that its Ph.D. students undertake world-class research that will have a demonstrable impact on society at large and, in so doing, to have trained the researchers and academics of the future.

Current research areas in the School

Computer Science:
Current research in computer science covers a wide range of topics from the theoretical to the applied. Much of this research is funded by the EU, national funding agencies such as Science Foundation Ireland and the Higher Education Authority as well as both indigenous and multinational companies. Staff research interests include: distributed systems including middleware and ubiquitous computing, artificial intelligence, especially logic programming, neural networks and case-based reasoning, cognitive science, computational linguistics, natural language processing, computer vision and robotics, image processing, networks and telecommunications including network management, security, electronic commerce and mobile communications, computer architecture, grid computing, multimedia servers, computer graphics, image synthesis and animation, virtual reality, multimedia systems, information systems and management, management of ICT, health informatics, and formal methods.

Statistics:
The Statistics Discipline has one of the most active research groups in this field in Ireland. The research interests of its staff and graduate students include: modern computationally intensive tools in both Bayesian and classical statistics (techniques which are driven by new applications in science and engineering), theoretical work on modern regression methods, and specialist applications of statistics in business, industry and society. Projects currently supporting research students under funding from national and international agencies include: Bayesian statistical computation using functional approximations like Laplace and variational Bayes, palaeoclimate reconstruction, source separation for multi-spectral astronomical images, estimating species diversity in marine animals, failure and reliability of complex telecommunications networks and optimal road traffic management.

Enrolment and start dates

March 2020 Entry

Doctor in Philosophy, Computer Science (Part-Time)
Doctor in Philosophy, Computer Science (Full-Time)
Doctor in Philosophy, Statistics (Part-Time)
Doctor in Philosophy, Statistics (Full-Time)
Master in Science, Computer Science (Part-Time)
Master in Science, Computer Science (Full-Time)
Master in Science, Statistics (Part-Time)
Master in Science, Statistics (Full-Time)

September 2020 Entry

Doctor in Philosophy, Computer Science (Part-Time)
Doctor in Philosophy, Computer Science (Full-Time)
Doctor in Philosophy, Statistics (Part-Time)
Doctor in Philosophy, Statistics (Full-Time)
Master in Science, Computer Science (Part-Time)
Master in Science, Computer Science (Full-Time)
Master in Science, Statistics (Part-Time)
Master in Science, Statistics (Full-Time)

Remember to mention gradireland when contacting institutions!