Course Overview

The Structured PhD, full-time, is a 4-year programme which offers added value to the core component of doctoral training. Students on this programme are offered disciplinary or dissertation specific modules, as well as generic and transferable skills designed to meet the needs of an employment market that is wider than academia.

The programme is flexible and student centred, as candidates choose their own pathways in consultation with their Supervisor and Graduate Research Committee.

Programmes Available

PhD (full-time, four years); applications are made online via the University of Galway Postgraduate Applications System

  • New entrants may register for the programme from September to March each year
    The thesis remains central to the award of the PhD and is weighted at 330 ECTs.
  • Students select appropriate skills modules in consultation with their Supervisor and/or Postgraduate Research Committee as follows: At least 10 ECTs in two of the three skills categories, and an overall total of at least 30 ECTs

Skills Categories: (i) Problem Based Learning; (ii) Publication/Dissemination; (iii) Formal Training (from a range of Discipline-specific, Interdisciplinary and Generic modules)


Learning Outcomes

Entry Requirements

PhD—high Honours standard in the primary degree.

Who’s Suited to This Course

Current research projects

  • Car-based detection of pedestrians at night-time using imaging techniques
  • Treatment of venous leg ulcers using Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation
  • Using web technologies and social networking to improve adherence to exercise
  • Development of a leadless cardiac pacing device
  • Reconfigurable low power scalable hardware neural network for self repairing system
  • Research into transport delay in VoIP systems
  • DSP algorithm for mobile digital health
  • Advanced biometric recognition and matching techniques
  • Battery management in renewable energy applications

Current funded research opportunity

Work Placement

Related Student Organisations

Career Opportunities

Find a Supervisor / PhD Project

If you are still looking for a potential supervisor or PhD project or would like to identify the key research interests of our academic staff and researchers, you can use our online portal to help in that search

Research Areas

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Exercise Engineering
  • Ambient assisted Living
  • Biomedical Electronics
  • Rehabilitation Engineering
  • Cardiovascular Electronics
  • Medical Imaging
  • Automotive Electronics
  • Diagnostic & Therapeutic Engineering for Cancer
  • Communications
  • Power Electronics
  • Energy Conversion
  • Bio-inspired Electronics
  • Reconfigurable Computing
  • Embedded Systems
  • Web Technologies

Researcher Profiles

Prof. Gearoid O Laighin
Rehabilitation Engineering Science and Vascular Electronics. Ambient Assisted Living, Exercise Engineering, Biomedical Electronics, Rehabilitation Engineering Science and Vascular Electronics.

Dr. John Breslin
Social Semantic Web and integrating the Web with electronic devices / sensor systems.

Dr. Peter Corcoran
Embedded Systems, Multimedia Home Networking, Digital Imaging, Biometrics, Wireless and Powerline Networking.

Dr. Maeve Duffy
Magnetic component design, Wearable power generators, Wireless powering, Sensors.

Prof. Gerard Hurley
Electromagnetics, Power Electronics, and Renewable Energy.

Dr. Martin Glavin
Digital Signal Processing and Embedded Systems for automotive and biomedical applications.

Dr. Edward Jones
Digital Signal Processing, with applications in speech and audio processing, image processing, and biomedical engineering.

Liam Kilmartin
Speech and Audio Processing, Fixed and Mobile Network Modelling, Bio-signal processing, Application of Machine Learning Algorithms.

Dr. Fearghal Morgan
Evolvable Hardware, in particular Network on Chip (NoC)-based Hardware Spiking Neural Networks (SNNs). Genetic and Evolutionary computation, Reconfigurable Computing technology, applications and FPGA IP security.

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€5,750 p.a. (€5,890 including levy) 2024/25

Fees: Non EU

€15,000 p.a. (€15,140 including levy) 2024/25

Extra Information

EU Part time: Year 1 €4,250 p.a. (€4,390 including levy) 2024/25

All students, irrespective of funding, must pay the student levy of €140.

Contact Us

Ms. Mary Costello, Administrator,
Electrical & electronic Engineering,
University of Galway

T: +353 91 492 728

What Our Students Say


Barry Broderick |   PhD (Bioelectronics)

Pursing a PhD in Bioelectronics at NUI Galway has been an extremely rewarding experience and enabled me not only to develop to an advanced level the skills acquired during my undergraduate degree but also to develop a completely new set of skills and expertise. In my case I needed anatomical and physiological knowledge to enable me to apply my engineering expertise to develop effective and novel systems for the prevention of post-operative DVT