The Student Experience

As a student in the SFI Centre for Research Training in Foundations of Data Science, you will engage in a diverse range of activities that are beyond the scope of a traditional PhD. Hear what our students have to say in our Centre video.

Become a Centre for Research Training Student

To support you through your PhD journey, we have tailor-made a four-year programme which will expand your skillset and experience through participating in bespoke block-taught lectures delivered by leading domestic and international academics. You will have many exciting opportunities to interact with our Enterprise Alliance partners during training sessions, at networking events, and during industry placement. You may also have the opportunity to work with our Centre’s International Collaborators who are a mixture of prestigious global universities and research groups.

The benefits to you of joining our Centre for Research Training family:

  • be part of a cohort, train and complete projects with your PhD counterparts.
  • participate in workshops, masterclasses, and conferences, alongside Enterprise Alliance partners.
  • experience bespoke modules created specifically for this programme.
  • get involved as mentors to other CRT students through student-led symposia, reading courses, and tutoring undergraduate students.
  • build your confidence in public speaking and learn how to explain your research to industry partners through presentations, group projects and industry networking events.
  • work at an Enterprise Alliance partner site during your studies.
  • build your research connections and experience by working with various research groups and in different academic environments through our international collaborations.

Hear what our students have to say about their programme

The CRT program has a strong combination of academic and enterprise exposure which ensures holistic growth as a contrast to some traditional PhD programmes that can end up focusing too much on academia and get disconnected from the real world. This is the reason why I am doing this program and it has been great so far with multiple lecture/meeting sessions that have introduced me to many new people and a wide range of new knowledge. The best part is the cohort aspect where different people are brought together for this program which facilitates group companionship and strong support during difficult times in this PhD journey. They are truly the silver lining in tough moments.
Gwee Xian Yao
Cohort of 2019

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