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.
We admit new students throughout the year and there are is no specific application deadline. Our students generally have a strong primary degree in computer science or a cognate discipline, but we welcome applicants from diverse backgrounds. The application process has two steps:
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 staff academic page, or look under Research. Our postgraduate director, can make suggestions if you describe your areas of interest.
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.