Science Foundation Ireland Centre for Research Training Doctoral Training Programme

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The Science Foundation Ireland Centre for Research Training (CRT) in Foundations of Data Science is a new doctoral training programme which will train 130+ PhD students with a world-class foundational understanding of Applied Mathematics, Statistics, and Machine Learning.

The programme, which welcomed its first cohort of 27 PhD students in September 2019, is part of the largest ever investment in data science research in Ireland and is a collaborative initiative between Science Foundation Ireland, Skillnet Ireland, University of Limerick, Maynooth University and University College Dublin.

The €21m CRT partners with 16 public and private organisations and is coordinated by Technology Ireland ICT Skillnet.

The CRT blueprint is innovative in both its composition and its content. The programme design selectively chooses the most successful elements from UK Centres for Doctoral Training, EU European Training Networks, European Study Groups with Industry, and the Academy for PhD Training in Statistics, then mixes these with distinctive transversal training to create a unique programme, within and outside Ireland. The core vision of the CRT is for all its graduates to be able to develop and apply bespoke algorithms for future data science needs by leveraging their world-class foundations in the complementary horizontal disciplines of Applied Mathematics, Statistics, and Machine Learning and apply these across one of the five vertical application themes (Data Analytics, Privacy & Security, Networks, Health& Well-being, Smart Manufacturing) to gain domain-specific expertise.

Science Foundation Ireland Centre for Research Training

This unique PhD training programme fosters a cohort-based training environment, which supports our students to collaborate with industry through training and industry placement; to collaborate with international research teams, and to work across multiple disciplines. At the heart of its Centre vision is understanding the importance of preparing you, the student, with a wide breadth of technical and transversal skills to equip you with the skills to translate your research into meaningful, real-world applications. provides information about postgraduate courses and study in Ireland. We list virtually every postgraduate course in Ireland in Ireland, so you can search for the course of your choice.


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