The Department of Informatics at Technological University Dublin invites application for a Masters by Research studentship on Using Mobile Technology to Increase Youth Player Participation in Soccer in Ireland in Association with the Football Association of Ireland (FAI) in 2019.

Project details:

This project involves the development of cutting edge software to support the rollout of a new approach to youth soccer coaching called the Player Development Plan (PDP). The Football Association of Ireland (FAI) has been rolling out the PDP guidelines across Ireland in recent years. The focus of the PDP is to change the competitive nature of youth soccer
to a more participation-based approach to coaching. Central to this project will be the development of mobile software to provide an informational resource and coaching assistance resource to youth managers\coaches in FAI affiliated soccer clubs throughout the country.

The project will require the researcher to complete the requirements gathering,
development, and deployment of the software. Additionally, the researcher will be required to conduct an empirical study using quantitative and qualitative methodologies to examine the impact of the software in supporting the rollout of the PDP. The project will require numerous visits to FAI affiliated clubs to make observations and gather data and will
involve close cooperation with members of the FAI PDP Group.

Worth of Award

The scholarship will be awarded for a period of 2 years to a value of €12,000 per year. There is the possibility that funding can be provided for a further 2 year period should the project be advanced from MA to PhD level.

However, this is not guaranteed. Funding will cover the following elements:

  • A maintenance grant of €10,000 per year
  • Travel/Consumables/Materials budget of €2,000 per year
  • Tuition fees for all scholarship holders will be funded to a max of €4,500 per year for two years.

Postgraduate students receiving scholarships should not be in receipt of another Exchequer funded grant on appointment to the research project


Minimum skills/qualifications required:

  • An Honours L8 degree or Master’s degree in Computing or closely related discipline
  • Programming skills (Mobile Programming skills is an advantage)
  • Good written and verbal communication skills
  • An interest in research as a career path

And ideally will have:

  • Experience in the development of mobile applications
  • Experience in software development
  • Any non-EU scholarship holder will be eligible for additional fees.
  • Any non-EU applicants will require a visa to come and study in Ireland

How to Apply

To Apply:
Please email the following to – [email protected]

  • Cover letter
  • Full CV
  • Names and email contact details for two referees (minimum)
  • Informal project queries should be directed to Luke Raeside at [email protected]

Deadline: applications close  12 noon (GMT) June 30, 2019.

Click here for more details and to apply(PDF)

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