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Doctorate and Master Degrees by research:

We offer several MSc, MPhil and PhD programme variants in Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, Statistics and Mathematical Studies as outlined in our Postgraduate Studies booklet above.


Taught Masters


HDip in Statistics

For fees information, application forms, and general postgraduate information please visit The Graduate Studies Office

You may apply for a place on some of the above mentioned programmes if you are a graduate of a discipline having a significant mathematical content, such as Engineering, Science or Computer Science. You will have the opportunity to enhance the value of your primary degree by developing expertise in the areas of mathematics, mathematical modelling, computation and statistics.

Although the State funds undergraduate fees, postgraduate students are liable for their fees. Students can receive funding for their fees and maintenance from a number of different sources:


  • Postgraduate Scholarship Support Scheme

Postgraduate Scholarships are awarded by the University under the Postgraduate Support Scheme. Students should contact their department to discuss these opportunities.

Full-time registered postgraduate degree students with a relevant first class honours or second class honours, grade 1, in their degree/higher diploma/results, qualifying for entry to the relevant Masters programme, are eligible to apply for scholarship support in the department where they are registered as postgraduates.

The scholarships are divided into different categories based on the total number of tutorial or demonstrating hours undertaken by the postgraduate student in the year. In addition, the student is often also granted a fee waiver. A student in receipt of a scholarship is not precluded from receiving a maintenance/non fee award from another agency such as Enterprise Ireland or Industry. Scholarships can be paid or supplemented from research grants.

For details of the exact amounts, rates, etc., please contact the department of interest. To avail of these awards, prospective students will have to apply through the relevant department as soon as possible but no later than mid-July. Students should contact the department to establish the exact deadline.


  • Demonstrating and Tutorial work

Students who do not qualify for a scholarship in accordance with the above scheme or where scholarship funds are not available to the School, may be appointed to carry out demonstrating or tutorial responsibilities.
The current rates of pay for students for demonstrating and tutorial work are available from the School of Mathematical Sciences administrative office.




  • Awards from Research Grants

These are typically awarded to students pursuing a PhD degree. These grants are usually associated with a project, on which the student has to work as a research assistant. It is quite common for this work to lead to a thesis topic. Such grants typically include fee waivers. For further information about available positions, please contact the School of Mathematical Sciences.



  • The Donal McCarthy Postgraduate Research Scholarship in Statistics

Dr. Donal McCarthy, who was President of UCC from 1967 to 1978, was a former Director of the Central Statistics Office (CSO).
Central Statistics Office, Ireland has funded this scholarship to promote university research in the area of official statistics.
Applicants for this scholarship should have (at least) a Second Class Honours primary degree in Statistics or a related quantitative discipline, and have an interest in methodology for applications to Official Statistics (click here). Relevant topics would include survey sampling, multivariate methods, time series and small area estimation. The holder of the award will carry out research leading to the award of a postgraduate (MSc or PhD) degree. The scholarship is funded by the Central Statistics Office (CSO). Opportunities will be provided to work on data from on-going projects of current interest to the CSO.
The scholarship shall be subject to the following conditions of award and tenure:

  •     The award shall be known as "The Donal McCarthy Postgraduate Research Scholarship in Statistics".
  •     The scholarship, which is currently valued at c. €10,000 is tenable at NUI, Cork, and is awarded to support full-time postgraduate studies in the area of official statistics.
  •     The holder of the scholarship shall pursue research under the general direction of the Head of the Department of Statistics.
  •     The holder of the scholarship shall be required to register for a higher degree (MSc or PhD).
  •     The scholarship shall be tenable generally for one academic year, but may, subject to satisfactory progress, be extended for a maximum of three years.
  •     A competition for the scholarship shall take place each year, with an application for renewal being considered together with applications from other candidates. Applications, comprising a curriculum vitae and the name of two referees, must be submitted to the Head of the Department of Statistics by 31st August each year.
  •     The applications shall be considered by a Board comprising members of the Statistics Department and the Central Statistics Office. The award shall be made by the Academic Council on the recommendation of this Council.



PhD Studentship

Applications are invited for a PhD position in the Mathematics Department at UCC, commencing no later than 1 September 2017.

The post will provide an annual stipend of €16,500 + fees, funded for 3 or 4 years (depending on qualifications).

The research areas represented within the Department of Mathematics include algebraic geometry, complex analysis, functional analysis, harmonic analysis, differential geometry, probability theory, financial mathematics and control theory. Candidates with interests in algebraic geometry or mathematics education are particularly encouraged to apply, but applications in any of the above areas will receive serious consideration.


Visit http://www.ucc.ie/en/matsci/people/ for more detailed information on the research interests of individual faculty members.

The scholarship comes with part-time (20%) Mathematics outreach duties during the academic year.

Applications should contain a statement of purpose describing your research interests, a CV, university transcripts and addresses of three academic referees.
Applications should be sent by email no later than 26 January 2017 to:

Dr. Anca Mustata
School of Mathematical Sciences, UCC

The successful applicant will be asked to proceed through the Postgraduate Applications Centre
(PAC) http://www.pac.ie for formal processing.

University College Cork is an Equal Opportunities Employer.

Five PhD/MSc Research Studentships in the School of Mathematical Sciences at University College Cork (UCC)

Closing Date for Applications: 15 May 2016
School: School of Mathematical Sciences
College: College of Science, Engineering and Food Science
Contract Type: Fixed Term Whole-Time
Job Type: Research
Salary: €16,500 + fees

Applications are invited for up to 5 PhD/research MSc positions in the School of Mathematical Sciences at UCC, commencing 1 September 2016.  Posts, which will provide a stipend of €16,500 + fees, are tenable in any area of specialisation represented within the School, see http://www.ucc.ie/en/euclid/people/.   Studentships will be funded for 3 or 4 years (depending on preparation) for a PhD and 1 year for an MSc.

All posts carry a responsibility for some teaching assistantship work during the academic year. To be eligible for consideration, a candidate must have obtained a standard of at least Second Class Honours, Grade I, in a primary degree with advanced Mathematical coverage of Applied Mathematics, Mathematics or Statistics topics.

Applications should be sent by email to Dr. Martin Kilian, Chair of Graduate Studies, School of Mathematical Sciences, UCC (sms-phd@ucc.ie).   Applications should contain a cover letter specifying your research interests, a CV and addresses of three academic referees.  

Both EU and non-EU and applications will be considered.  Follow-up in person or remote (Skype) interviews between shortlisted applicants and potential project supervisor(s) will be held. Successful applicants will need to go through the Postgraduate Applications Centre (PAC)  http://www.pac.ie for formal processing.

University College Cork is an Equal Opportunities Employer


Three Boole PhD Scholarships in the School of Mathematical Sciences at University College Cork (UCC)

Closing Date for Applications:  1st May, 2016

Start Date: September 2016

School: School of Mathematical Sciences

College: College of Science, Engineering and Food Science

Contract Type:  Fixed Term Whole-Time

Job Type: Research

Applications for Boole College Scholarships (PhD) are invited from Mathematical Sciences graduates who wish to carry out research for the degree of PhD commencing in September 2016 in the College of Science, Engineering & Food Science (SEFS) at University College Cork, Ireland. 

Up to three PhD Boole Scholarships in the form of EU fee waivers (or equivalent) tenable for a maximum of 3 years will be awarded to successful applicants. 

Applicants must have at least Second Class Honours (Grade 1) or equivalent in their first or subsequent degree.

Applications should be sent by email to Dr. Martin Kilian, Chair of Graduate Studies, School of Mathematical Sciences, UCC (sms-phd@ucc.ie).   Applications should contain a cover letter specifying your research interests, a CV and addresses of two  academic referees. 

Only EU applications will be considered.  Follow-up in person or remote (Skype) interviews between shortlisted applicants and potential project supervisor(s) will be held. Successful applicants will need to go through the Postgraduate Applications Centre (PAC)  http://www.pac.ie for formal processing.

University College Cork is an Equal Opportunities Employer     



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