Complex Systems and Computational Social Science


Why Complex Systems and Computational Social Science Research?   

A core challenge for 21st century science is to develop fundamental new insights for understanding and managing the complexity of social systems such as dynamic systems of technological innovation, diffusion processes which explain the spread of diseases, hidden networks of crime and terrorism, dynamic networks of electronic communication and many other such phenomena.
Computational social science is an interdisciplinary field that combines the application of computer simulation and other computer-based methods to the analysis of social systems and processes at all levels of complexity.


Who is Involved?

The CSCS PhD programme is an innovative collaboration of research groups at the UCD Geary Institute and CASL and a number of UCD schools.


Why Structured PhD Thematic Programme?

The CSCS PhD programme is a four year thematic, structured programme commencing in the Academic Year 2009/2010. The programme incorporates a range of taught modules, followed by a program of original research leading to the award of Doctoral degree by research. CSCS students may also participate in short, external internships during the four year programme.


Admission to CSCS PhD Programme?

Entry to the CSCS programme requires an undergraduate degree in suitable disciplines in the social sciences, mathematical and/or computer science or closely related areas. Applicants from other disciplines may also be admitted, under certain circumstances.


Research Funding?

UCD College of Social Sciences and Law is offering one PhD scholarships for an new CSCS student starting in September 2016 under the College Research Scholarship scheme.