The Programme

If you have not received your final results yet, you can still apply for our PhD programme. In your application please include a copy of your results to date/current transcripts. Please forward your final results when available.
Over the course of the next 6 years, our Centre aims to train 130+ students in the area of data science. On average our cohorts are between 27-35 students, with one-third of each cohort based in each academic institution (UL, UCD, MU).
Due to the structure of the PhD programme it is not possible to study part-time. The programme is strictly funded for a 4 year period only.

Yes, all of our current students have contact details listed in the “Our People” section of our website and they would be happy to give you a flavour of Centre activities and what it is like to be a CRT student.

When you apply you will be asked to rank the institute that you would most prefer to study in but places in each institution are subject to availability. 

The Application Process

Please submit an application through our application portal which will be assessed by our Centre for Research Training in Foundations of Data Science management team 

Our application portal opens in January each year and applications are accepted until the 8th of March. Applications are reviewed in April with offers in May.
We invite applications from individuals who hold (or expect to hold) a master’s level degree, or first-class undergraduate degree in mathematics, statistics, physics, computer science, engineering, or their masters/undergraduate degree in a closely relevant discipline.

You may be invited to attend an interview (remotely if necessary) once the shortlisting of applications is completed. Due to the high volume of applications, we may need to find out more about you, your level of math, and your motivations and research interests, in order to complete our entry assessment.

If we assess your Masters degree as relevant and sufficient and you meet the other PhD selection criteria, it is possible to enrol directly on to our PhD programme. We also accept students straight from their undergraduate degree.

International Applicants

Yes, diversity is of the utmost importance to our Centre. We welcome applications from prestigious universities globally and in our first intake of students (2019) we had a robust group of EU and Non-EU students enroll onto the programme.
Yes, if you receive the opportunity to study with us, we advise that you contact your local Irish Diplomatic Mission about a visa application straight away. Please allow a minimum of 8 weeks to process your application. In countries where no such office is available, applicants should contact the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs.

At present, if you complete your PhD you are entitled to a Twenty Four Month Graduate Scheme visa. Please see the INIS website for more details.                                               

As you will train, research and work through the medium of English, a high standard of English language competency is essential. If you are an international applicant, you must produce one of these English language certificates with your application, and/or as requested by your host institution should you be offered a place

Please arrange for an official notary to translate your documents into English. Your application must be accompanied by your original transcripts and award.


No, all eligible applicants are considered for a scholarship and you will be notified if you are successful on receipt of an offer letter from the Centre for Research Training in Foundations of Data Science.

If you are successful in obtaining a place on our Centre programme, the university fees for your 4-year programme are covered by our Centre including a generous yearly stipend of €18,500 and a travel allowance for research and training related activities.


Our website has full details of the course structure (see About us section) where you can find details on what modules you would undertake and the benefits to you of joining our CRT cohort. Explore what industry partners (Enterprise Alliance members) we work with and the wide variety of PhD supervisors available to assist you on your PhD journey. Our current newsletter in our Media section also contains information about our students' activities.

If you have further queries please contact our Centre Programme Manager Janet Clifford

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