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Mathematics & Statistics - Research

Research Programmes
Our Graduate Research programmes (Masters by Research & PhD) provide you with the opportunity to engage in supervised research on a topic of current interest in one of the disciplines of the School. You should have a strong background and proven ability in the relevant discipline. If you are interested in pursuing this option we would advise you to familiarize yourself with the Research in the School and to contact prospective supervisors among the academic staff.

Entry requirements

An application should include as an email attachment the following documents (in PDF) in order to be considered:

1. State your topic of interest

2. A brief curriculum vitae

3. A personal statement letter (no more than 500 words)

4. Full copies of academic transcripts

5. 2 written academic references (please note that your references may be contacted, please ensure the written references contain contact details, telephone number and email address).


PhD T119/T120 : 3 years full-time, 6 years part-time.
MSc T105: 3 years full time.

Careers or further progression

Despite the negative economic situation at the moment, graduates of our degrees are in huge demand.

In recent years students have chosen not to study mathematical degrees in Ireland and there is now a real shortage of graduates in this area.

Companies cannot find enough graduates with the skills offered in our degrees. Salaries for graduates with any of our degrees are very attractive.

Further enquiries

Mr Simon Williams Research and
Online Programmes Administrator
Tel: +353 1 716 2580

Ms Kate O'Hanlon School Manager
Tel: +353 1 716 2560


The degree of Structured Ph.D is awarded following the successful completion of a programme of advanced education and training, and original research in a chosen area of specialism.

The MSc in Mathematical Sciences is an interdisciplinary research degree. Students prepare a major thesis under the supervision of an approved academic supervisor from within University College Dublin.

The UCD School of Mathematical Science delivers a wide range of taught and research programmes at graduate level. These programmes reflect the breadth of our disciplines and research activity as well as the ubiquity of mathematical sciences in modern scientific research.

Research areas

The School of Mathematics and Statistics has a diverse array of research groups.

Actuarial and Financial Mathematics
Applied Algebra and Information Theory
Bayesian Statistics
Computational Mathematics
Functional Analysis
Mathematical Physics
Mathematics Education
Matrix Analysis
Meteorology and Climate
Number Theory
Potential Theory
Real Algebra
Statistical Modelling
Statistical Theory and Spatial Statistics
Waves, Fluids and Turbulence

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