Doing a PhD

We have a new funded PhD position available! Details here.

Doing a PhD is a fairly intense undertaking, and not to be taken lightly. Especially if you haven’t done any form of research before. The first, foremost, and possibly most difficult step in the process, is to figure out what you would like to learn so badly that you’re willing to spend about four years of your life, doing it.  By no means is the PhD guaranteed to be a pleasant adventure, so getting the subject right is quite important. Check out Matt Might’s illustrated guide to a PhD and PHD Comics. The comics are funny, but they’re also a pretty good reflection of what happens in a PhD. The second step is to find an advisor/supervisor who shares the same interests as yours. This is also crucial, if you want any semblance of a fruitful relationship.

Finances

If you are self-financed or have other means of funding your PhD, hooray! Stop reading and apply already :-).

There are avenues for finding funding to do your PhD, notably  the Irish Research Council’s Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme. The School of Computer Science also runs a PhD scholarship scheme (latest details here). Typically the application deadlines are in November of every calendar year. If you’re looking to do a PhD with me, you should contact me by around September, so we can establish if our interests are aligned. Please read through my research page before you contact me.