PhD Complex Systems and Computational Social Science - Applications

Students may be admitted to the CSCS PhD Programme in either September or January of the academic year. The deadline for applications is two months before the start of the programme. Applicants from non-EU countries need to apply to us earlier as the visa application process may take time.

Entry normally requires a taught graduate degree in suitable disciplines from the social sciences, mathematical and/or computer sciences or related areas. The program structure is adjusted depending on the background to ensure sufficient expertise in both the social sciences and computational methods by the end of the degree.

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

For course fees, please see UCD Fees Office, where we apply standard research degree fees for the College of Social Sciences & Law.

All applications should include the following documentation:

  • Cover letter stating the reasons for your interest in the CSCS programme
  • Thesis proposal (approximately 5 pages), including
    • Thesis title and abstract
    • Theoretical argument
    • Brief outline of relevance given the current academic literature (including references)
    • Proposed methodological approach
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Copies of all academic transcripts (undergraduate and postgraduate)
  • Two academic references should be sent directly by the referee, on headed institutional paper. If sent by email, they should be from an institutional email address. We reserve the right to verify all references
  • Evidence of english language competence, where non-native english speaking applicants have not obtained a previous university degree from a university in an english-speaking country. More detail: English Language Requirements
  • If you have had contact with a potential supervisor prior to application, please indicate this clearly in the email correspondence, including detail on the extent of engagement

Please email your complete application, and have references sent, to:

Associate Professor Jos Elkink (

CSCS Programme Director