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Software Engineering - Research

Why Graduate Studies and why study at UCD?

Students are involved in diverse research projects across the entire spectrum of computer science. In many cases, we offer funded studentships; these positions attract a handsome tax-free scholarship as well as payment of University fees.

Completion of a PhD typically takes about 4 years after a bachelors degree. The School is now following UCD's new Structured PhD programme. We currently have around 200 postgraduate research students, and the School has a strong international flavor, with students and academic staff from around the world.

Entry requirements

Our students generally have a strong primary degree in computer science or a cognate discipline, but we welcome applicants from diverse backgrounds.


T129/T130: 3 years full-time, 6 years part-time.

Further enquiries

If you have any further queries, please contact one of the following:

Postgraduate by Research Director: Dr Georgiana Ifrim
Lecturer/Assistant Professor
Phone: +353 1 7162645
School of Computer Science
O'Brien Centre, E3.36
Dublin 4

Postgraduate by Research Administrator: Ms Lorraine McHugh

Application date

We admit new students throughout the year and there are is no specific application deadline.

First, you should contact relevant members of the department to discuss potential topics and projects, starting dates, studentships, etc. To identify a prospective supervisor, please browse our academic staff page, or look under research interests.

•Next, if these initial discussions are successful, you should complete the formal application form. As described in this form, to support your application you must submit a Statement of Research Interests, university transcripts, your TOEFL results (if applicable), and reports from two referees.

Application Forms

For All Applicants

1. Completed MSc/PhD Application Form.

2. Certified copies of transcripts of previous academic qualifications.

3. References from two referees, commenting specifically on the candidate's academic suitability

to pursue a MSc/PhD.

For International Applicants

4. If the applicant's first language is not English or they have no primary degree(s) obtained in a country where English

is the official language of instruction, evidence of proficiency in English (IELTS or TOEFL score) is required.

5. Visa status as required (this usually follows School approval).

Remember to mention gradireland when contacting institutions!