PhD in Foundations of Data Science

The Centre for Research Training in Foundations of Data Science, funded by Science Foundation Ireland and Skillnet Ireland and supported and facilitated by Technology Ireland ICT Skillnet, is a large-scale collaborative initiative between the University of Limerick, University College Dublin, and Maynooth University. The Centre combines the expertise of world-class academics, international collaborators and industry partners, to create a centre of excellence in PhD training.

The SFI Centre for Research Training in Foundations of Data Science is partnered with a range of small and medium enterprise and multinational organisations in the private and public sectors across a diverse range of industries. Together with our Enterprise Alliance members, our aim is to create a pipeline of highly skilled graduates to engage with industry and drive innovation in the Irish economy.

This large-scale collaborative initiative between the University of Limerick (UL), Maynooth University (MU) and University College Dublin (UCD) will train a cohort of 130+ PhD students with world-class foundational understanding in the horizontal themes of Applied Mathematics, Statistics and Machine Learning. These fundamental themes will be fused together by applying them to real-world challenges across five vertical themes including Data Analytics, Privacy & Security, Health & Wellbeing, Smart Manufacturing, and Networks.

This unique PhD training programme fosters a cohort-based training environment, which supports 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 the 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.


Access to an emergent talent pipeline comprising a minimum of 130 PhD students over the next 6 years.

Engage with our PhD talent on a one-to-one basis by offering a 12-week industry placement to our students on an annual basis with no cost to your organisation.

Bespoke training opportunities available to our Enterprise Alliance members led by academic leaders in mathematics, statistics and machine learning across three institutions (UL, MU & UCD).

Access to advanced master class events by internationally renowned speakers in applied mathematics, statistics, and machine learning.

Become an employer of choice by advancing the personal development of one of your key employees by offering them the opportunity to undertake a PhD with us.



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