Structured PhD Insight (Centre for Data Analytics)—full-time & part-time

College of Engineering & Informatics,
School of Engineering & Informatics

Course overview

The Structured PhD (full-time) is a 4-year programme which offers added value to the core component of doctoral training. Students on this programme are offered disciplinary or dissertation specific modules, as well as generic and transferable skills designed to meet the needs of an employment market that is wider than academia.

The programme is flexible and student centred, as candidates choose their own pathways in consultation with their Supervisor and Graduate Research Committee.

Programmes available

PhD (full-time, four years)

  • New entrants may register for the programme from September to March each year
    The thesis remains central to the award of the PhD and is weighted at 330 ECTs.
  • Students select appropriate skills modules in consultation with their Supervisor and/or Postgraduate Research Committee as follows: At least 10 ECTs in two of the three skills categories, and an overall total of at least 30 ECTs

Skills Categories: (i) Problem Based Learning; (ii) Publication/Dissemination; (iii) Formal Training (from a range of Discipline-specific, Interdisciplinary and Generic modules)

Entry requirements

PhD—high Honours standard in the primary degree.

Areas of interest

Social Semantic Web
Semantic Web Infrastructure
Web Knowledge Representation
Semantic Web Search & Structured Querying
Sensor Networks
Web Mining
Research Methodology & Writing
Semantic Web SW Engineering
High Performance Computing

Researcher profiles
Stefan Decker
Andy Shearer
Alexandre Passant | John Breslin
Giovanni Tummarello | Michael Hausenblas
Manfred Hauswirth | Marco Zuniga | Vinny Reynolds
Conor Hayes | Marcel Karnstedt | Jeffrey Chan
Axel Polleres
Paul Buitelaa
Siegfried Handschuh

PAC code

Structured PhD, full-time—GYJ02 (four years duration)
Structured PhD, part-time—GYJ08 (six years duration)

Current project

Fees for this course

EU: €4,529 p.a. 2016/17

Non-EU: €13,250 p.a. 2016/17

What Our Students Say


Ríona Ní Ghriallais |   Biomedical Engineering PhD

For my research, I investigate medical devices for the femoral artery, the major artery of the leg. I became interested in research after completing my final year project in the fourth year of my undergraduate Biomedical Engineering degree. Studying Biomedical Engineering at NUI Galway ntroduced me to the fascinating world of medical devices. The degree provided me with the fundamental skills set required to begin a career as an engineer along with the opportunity to study a broad range of subjects. From this I found those that interested me the most, which led me towards choosing the topic of my research work.