Award Type and NFQ level : RESEARCH PH.D. (10)

CAO/PAC code : MH02A (FT), MH03A (PT)

CAO Points :

Closing Date : 30 June 2020

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The aims of the programme reflect the interdisciplinary nature of the research undertaken in the Hamilton Institute and the varied backgrounds of our PhD students. The major aims of the programme are the following.

- To assist students to acquire the technical skills and knowledge required to successfully complete a programme of research leading to a PhD.
- To enable students to develop a blend of specialist and generic/transferable skills that will assist them in the conduct of their research, the production of their thesis and in their future careers, whether these are within or outside academia.
- To develop a research and training environment that exposes students to leading international research and enables students to develop and practice the skills necessary to present and disseminate their own work both locally and on the international stage.

The objectives of the programme are to:
- To support the conduct of doctoral research through the provision of a suite of specialist technical modules in applied mathematics and computational science that are key to the research themes of the Hamilton Institute.
- To assist students to develop the blend of transferable and generic skills required for future careers within or outside of academia.
- To help students develop written and oral presentation skills through the production of peer-reviewed published work and the delivery of presentations at national and international conferences.

All research degrees are supported by a number of taught modules to be taken over the course of the programme to enhance research excellence and professional training.

Closing date
Research applications are generally accepted at any time

September (or other agreed time)

All candidates should have an undergraduate degree in Engineering / Computer Science / Applied Mathematics / Mathematics or some related field. Good communication, interpersonal and presentation skills are also required.

Applicants must have a recognised primary degree which is considered equivalent to Irish university primary degree level.

Minimum English language requirements:
Applicants for whom English is not their first language are required to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their course of study. For information about English language tests accepted and required scores, please see here. The requirements specified are applicable for both EU and International applicants..

Maynooth University's TOEFL code is 8850

The Hamilton Institute supports research leading to the PhD and MSc degrees in the following core areas: Communication Networks; Smart Cities; Intelligent Transport; Mathematical Biology; Dynamics and Control; Hybrid Systems; Machine Learning; Applied Probability; Applied Linear Algebra.

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Student must take a minimum of 30 credits in taught modules (15 in generic/transferable modules and 15 in subject/specialist modules) and not exceed 90 credits in taught modules over the duration of their structured PhD programme.

Course Duration: 4 years Full-time, 6 years Part-time

The structured research degree programmes offered by the Hamilton Institute provide students with an excellent foundation for a wide variety of careers. The combination of specialised technical expertise with excellent communication and presentation skills ensures that students are equipped for future careers either within an academic environment or in the wider economy. The training experience is further enhanced by the institute’s strong record of collaboration both with international research centres of excellence and industrial partners.

Online application only

PAC Code
MH02A Full-time
MH03A Part-time

The following information should be forwarded to PAC, 1 Courthouse Square, Galway or uploaded to your online application form:

Certified copies of all official transcripts of results for all non-Maynooth University qualifications listed MUST accompany the application. Failure to do so will delay your application being processed. Non-Maynooth University students are asked to provide two academic references and a copy of birth certificate or valid passport.

Applicants may be required to attend for interview as part of the admissions process.

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