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Postgraduate Research Handbook 2019/20

Eligible level 9 postgraduate modules

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In this section postgraduate students will find information, regulations and forms which may assist them throughout their academic career.


Prospective Students


The School of Engineering has an international reputation for its research activities and currently has an annual research income in excess of €6 million. This serves to support both graduate students and postdoctoral fellows who work in a stimulating environment with modern facilities and equipment. Suitably qualified candidates can apply for registration as graduate students working in the research areas outlined below and research funding often provides scholarships for Masters and Doctoral students, to cover the registration, course fees and living costs of research students. Currently, there are over 330 postgraduate students and a significant number of postdoctoral fellows and research associates, many of whom are from other European and non-European countries. Interested candidates are advised to make direct contact with the relevant academic staff member in the first instance. Information on the research activities of the staff can be obtained from our website

The School has an international research reputation in many topics, including water engineering, structural materials, behaviour and control, digital media processing, communications engineering, energy, vibrations and acoustics, fluids, fatigue, manufacturing technology, bioengineering, transport modelling and geotechnical testing. The research-led school includes internationally renowned experts in their fields. Most of its research is funded through collaborative projects involving industry, the EU and national government programmes.

The principal topic areas in Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering are Structural Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Transportation (based in the TRIP research centre see ), Geotechnics and Sustainability. While sustainability is high on the agenda in many disciplines in Engineering, there is a specialised research centre in the Michael McNamara Centre for Construction Innovation and Sustainability (known as TrinityHaus – see The state-of-the-art laboratories, field units and the wide ranging expertise of both the academic and the technical staff combine to create the largest civil engineering research centre in Ireland.

In Electronic and Electrical Engineering there are a number of main research areas that lie within the broad engineering discipline of Information and Communications Technology, or ICT. An M.Phil. course in Music and Media Technology is run jointly with the Department of Music. Also a one-year full time MSc by Module taught course may be introduced next academic year. In Information and Communications Engineering (see, activities centre on future communications systems with particular emphasis on reconfigurable and software radio, cognitive wireless networks and dynamic spectrum allocation regimes. Work in signal processing lies broadly in the areas of image/video processing, audio and acoustic signal analysis, speech recognition and synthesis and associated applications. Advanced Engineering Materials and Microelectronic Technology is a well-established research area that includes the design and development of techniques for the measurement of the electrical properties of ferroelectric liquid crystals, glass-forming liquids and polymers and the magnetic and dielectric properties of nano-materials. In the microelectronics fabrication and test area, research interests include the preparation and characterisation of different structures formed on silicon.

Research in Trinity Centre for Bioengineering ( covers neural engineering which involves the design, development and evaluation of biomedical signal processing methods to generate active implantable devices for use in neural engineering applications. There is also work on the design and development of biomedical instrumentation primarily for clinical applications, in particular the non-invasive measurement diagnostic parameters.

Mechanical Engineering houses excellent research and laboratory facilities. Projects are carried out by research groups specialising in Fluids Acoustics and Vibration, Heat Transfer and Thermodynamics, and Manufacturing and Materials Engineering. Researchers in these groups lead research activity in Bioengineering and Energy Devices and Systems.

The research activities of all research groups involve significant work on the application of advanced computer based numerical modelling and simulation for the solution of engineering problems so that there is a common theme of computer based analysis, modelling and experimental validation in each of these areas.

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Entry Requirements

Applicants will need to hold:

  • at least a 2.1 honors degree from an Irish university or equivalent result from a university in another country
  • a fluent command of the English language (If English is not your first language, a recognised certificate of English Language Competency is required. See International Student Entry Requirements).

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How to apply

All students undertaking a research degree are assigned to a single principal supervisor. The supervisor’s role is essentially that of an academic guide and mentor. Before applying for a research degree in the School of Engineering, please contact the appropriate department with your research proposal and arrange a suitable supervisor before submitting your application. The following documentation must accompany your application:

  • Two academic references
  • Research proposal
  • Academic transcript(s) which must be certified by the issuing body: please note that graduates of the University of Dublin, Trinity College Dublin do not need to provide academic transcripts or copies of award parchments.
  • Certified copy of degree certificate(s): please note that graduates of the University of Dublin, Trinity College Dublin do not need to provide certified copies of degree certificates
  • A recognised certificate of English Language Competency if English is not your first language . (See International Student Entry Requirements).
  • CV

Click here to make an application.

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