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We have a very active postgraduate research programme in the school. As of December 2012, we have approximately 40 research students (the majority are PhD students) engaged in programmes across a wide range of disciplines. If you are interested in pursuing research here and you have a good undergraduate degree (typically at least 2nd class honours, grade 1 or better) then we encourage you to apply.
If you are interested in pursuing research in the School of Mathematics, Statistics and Applied Mathematics, you should take the following steps:
The research activity of the discipline covers a range of topics in both Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, with a particular emphasis on nonlinear elasticity, biomechanics, dynamical systems theory, quantum field theory, conformal field theory, mathematical modelling, analysis of partial differential equations, biomathematics and quantum computation. Members of the discipline are involved in joint projects with other disciplines/research units within the University, and are also involved in a number of international collaborations. (More details)
This general discipline within the School has an expanding research activity with postgraduate students (PhD and MSc) and postdoctoral researchers frequently involved in collaborative projects with other researchers at NUI Galway, elsewhere in Ireland and overseas. This relatively new discipline involves computational and statistical modelling and analysis of largescale biomolecular data. Bioinformatics research is inherently interdisciplinary and could appeal to students from molecular life science (e.g. biochemistry), chemistry, physics, engineering, statistics or mathematics. Current work includes modeling viral evolution, discovery of human polymorphisms that affect gene expression or mRNA splicing, and genome informatics, including algorithm development and functional genomics/epigenomics. (More details)
Biostatistics involves the design, analysis and interpretation of clinical trials, observational studies of disease causation, diagnostic test evaluations and medical imaging studies. The research is carried out in collaboration with the HRB Clinical Research Facility NUI Galway. On completion the student will be well-equipped to take on a position as a statistician in government or industry or to continue in a PhD program in Biostatistics. (More details)
Here is a list of some of the common sources of funding for our research postgraduate student. This list is not meant to be exhaustive. Depending on the particular degree programme and supervisor, there may well be many other possible sources of funding. For example, many of the staff in the school have research grants (e.g.Science Foundation Ireland grants) through which they can fund students.
College of Science Postgraduate Scholarship scheme (2011-12 closing date not yet announced)
College of Arts Postgraduate Scholarship scheme (2011-12 closing date not yet announced)
IRCSET (Irish Research Council for Science, Engineering and Technology)
Please check the relevant websites regularly for announcements about application procedures and closing dates and allow plenty of time to complete your application and for your supervisor to complete his or her section of the application.