Undergrad Programmes

The core disciplines of ADAPT – Computer Science, Language Technology, Computational Linguistics, and Translation Studies – are deeply embedded in the undergraduate programmes of the Centre’s partner universities, including:

  • Trinity College Dublin programmes
  • Dublin City University programmes
  • Dublin Institute of Technology programmes
  • University College Dublin programmes

ADAPT continues to shape undergraduate degree programmes. For example, ADAPT academics have been heavily involved in the development of a new B.Sc. in Data Science at Dublin City University launching in September 2016.

ADAPT academics also supervise a large number of Third and Fourth Year undergraduate projects with a strong industry focus.

Undergrad Projects

ADAPT academics supervise a large number of Third Year and Fourth Year undergraduate projects with a strong industry focus.

In 2016 alone, ADAPT members supervised more than 30 undergraduate projects across a variety of areas including customer segmentation modelling, Irish language information retrieval, machine translation, and e-learning.

Details of suggested project topics are posted to this web page on a regular basis so please check back for updates on opportunities to work with ADAPT.


Boost your Career with a Summer Internship at ADAPT

Paid internships at the world-leading ADAPT Centre for Digital Content Technology

  • Gain an 8-week placement based at ADAPT labs
  • Work on a challenging research project at the leading edge of your field
  • Sample life in a dynamic industry-academia research environment

ADAPT’s internship programme aims to inspire talented undergraduate students to take the first step on a path to a research career.

More than 90 undergraduates have now completed internships at ADAPT partner universities and companies. The internships offer students the opportunity to participate in and contribute to exciting research projects.
The paid internships run typically for 8 weeks, starting at the end of May / early June. You will be allocated a supervisor, who will work closely with you to ensure a challenging and rewarding research experience.

Interns report that in addition to gaining technical and research skills, the experience helped them hone employment-enhancing skills in areas such as time management, project planning, and team working.

“I gained invaluable programming, research, presentation, and language technology skills. I learned a lot about what it’s like to work in research, and as part of a team. I gained confidence in voicing my own ideas, and was given huge scope to experiment with my own ideas, and expand the project in a direction which best utilised my skill set and interests.” - Meghan Dowling, ADAPT undergraduate intern 2015


Are you interested in Human-Machine conversations? Do you have an idea for a novel application of spoken dialogue technology – going way beyond Siri? Would you like to travel to the USA to work with experts in the field of spoken dialogue systems to make your idea a reality?

Calling talented undergraduate students!

Participate in the REAL Dialog Challenge – an excellent opportunity to get into the world of spoken dialogue systems. The Challenge is run by Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) and gives you the opportunity to work with international experts in the field of spoken dialogue systems to bring your novel idea to prototype. ADAPT coordinates and sponsors the REAL Dialog Challenge in Ireland.

How does the REAL Dialog Challenge Work?

Stage 1: Come up with a great idea!

The first stage of the Challenge involves coming up with a novel idea for a spoken dialogue system, and emailing a short description of that idea to the Challenge organisers (Local Organiser: Emer Gilmartin gilmare@tcd.ie) - 200 words maximum

Stage 2: Present your proposal to experts in the US

Students with good ideas are then helped by the organisers 
to create a fuller proposal which they can present at a workshop in the US in late 2016. At the workshop they will team up with experts in the field in order to learn to make their idea a reality. Presentations can be in person or via Skype. The ADAPT Centre for Digital Content Technology will sponsor travel to the workshop for the best idea proposed.

Stage 3: Build your prototype

Student innovators and mentors then work together to build their system for the REAL Challenge finals in 2017.

Indicative Timeline:

Autumn 2016: Webinars about the REAL Challenge and developing ideas for speech applications.
February, 2017: Registration of projects
May 2017: Proposals due
June 2017: Feedback on proposals and invitations to attend the workshop sent out
September 2017: Workshop, both virtual and actual.

Sign up now!


Fourth Level


ADAPT aims to prepare fourth-level students for impactful careers in industry and academia.

The ADAPT PhD programme emphasises: academic excellence, entrepreneurial thinking, industry and cross-university collaboration, and business-strength communications skills.

ADAPT PhD students have access to a plethora of credit and non-credit modules designed to enhance
their technical knowledge, personal effectiveness and employability. These courses are supplemented by ADAPT training in areas including lean philosophy and communications skills.

For information on current PhD vacancies with ADAPT, check the careers section.

Thesis in 3

ADAPT co-founded, and continues to coordinate the DCU-NUI Maynooth and TCD legs, of the national Thesis in 3 science communication contest.

Thesis in 3 challenges students to present their PhD thesis in a succinct manner for a lay audience – taking just three minutes and with the aid of just three presentation slides.

The competition is designed to showcase the world-class research happening in Ireland in bite-sized chunks.

See full details of Thesis in 3.