Application Requirements

Students may be admitted to the CSCS programme at three points during the academic year. The corresponding deadlines for submission of applications to the CSCS programme are as follows:

  • 9th May 2017 (For September 2017 start)
  • 27th November 2017 (For January 2018 start)

Please contact Dr Diane Payne ( for more information.

Entry normally requires an undergraduate degree (Minimum GPA 3.08) in suitable disciplines from the social sciences, mathematical and/or computer sciences or related areas. Students from life sciences may be admitted but may need to take extra electives in the social sciences.

Prior to entry all students must have acquired an undergraduate, intermediate level competance in calculus or equivalent.

Normally a student enters Stage 1 of the CSCS PhD programme. Under certain circumstances, advanced entry to Stage II of the CSCS PhD programme may be faciliatated for suitably qualified graduate students and/or transferring PhD students.

Applications are subject to completion of the documentation below. All applications should include the following documentation:

  • Application Form (Word)
  • Transcripts of all University records
  • Two completed referee forms (Download Referee Forms here: Word / PDF)
  • Students whose education prior to university level has not been carried out through the medium of English should provide details of TOEFL qualifications obtained within the past two years. Minimum acceptable TOEFL score: Paper-based test score 597; Computer based test score 247; Internet based test score 98

Applications can be sent as scans via email or as post to:

Gillian Johnston
CSCS Thematic PhD Programme Graduate School,
College of Social Sciences & Law,
Room D111 Newman Building,
University College Dublin,
Belfield, Dublin 4,


Tel +353 1 716 8643