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Course Outline for GREP Eng

Welcome to GREP Eng.

The Graduate Research Education Programme in Engineering (GREP-Eng) is a multi-institutional programme designed to produce high quality engineering PhD graduates interested in the design and development of devices and systems that will drive economic growth and sustainability and solve current human problems in healthcare and energy. The GREP-Eng programme brings together expertise from Trinity, UCD, UCC, and DIT to provide a structured approach to research education for doctoral scholars.
The programme integrates core scientific knowledge and translational research with innovation and entrepreneurship to leverage the fundamental research being carried out in the partner universities.  The programme is initially focussed on two strands where the partner institutions have established and high quality research activity. Within each strand are specific themes reflecting the expertise of the partner institutions and the Principal Investigators.
Bioengineering & Medical Devices (TCD, UCD)
Sustainable Energy & Energy Efficient Devices (TCD, UCD, UCC, DIT)

The GREP-Eng programme introduces formal taught modules into the research PhD programme to accelerate and enhance the researchers’ development. The modules cover three specific areas:
Innovation & Entrepreneurship
Transferable skills
Discipline specific skills

The innovation modules are common to all PhD students whereas the transferable and discipline specific skills modules are tailored to each strand and to specific themes within each strand. Interaction with industrial partners both in Ireland, Europe and worldwide is an integral part of the programme to ensure an understanding of how their work can be integrated into the market place. The GREP-Eng programme strives to incorporate exchanges with other research labs and industry to help students place their own research in a global context.

The GREP-Eng PhD differs from traditional PhD research programmes in several significant aspects:


  • A unique PhD structure spanning the engineering programmes of Trinity, UCD, UCC and DIT.
  • A structured 4-year programme that combines formal teaching with a full PhD research project.
  • A choice of research projects with internationally renowned investigators.
  • An innovative curriculum with taught modules in discipline specific and transferable skills.
  • Placements in academic research groups, industry and clinical research facilities.
  • Annual scientific meetings.
  • A stipend of €16,000/year plus research and travel allowance and PhD fees (for EU students).


Graduate Research Education Programme in Engineering – Strands 1 & ll 2011 - 2015