DesignCORE - Research

Institute of Technology Carlow encourages academic excellence with a range of Postgraduate Research Fellowships which are offered annually to recent, appropriately qualified graduates. The Fellowship Programme attracts new researchers to a range of exciting and challenging research projects in dynamic environments under the supervision of successful and established principal investigators. All of the Research COREs (Centres of Research and Enterprise) and Research Centres that offer opportunities under the programme have demonstrated the real potential of these Fellowships to contribute to research excellence through challenging and original Masters research projects supported by excellent supervision.

Fellowship opportunities span the academic disciplines and include research opportunities within each of the listed research groups. Candidates with a first or upper second class honours degree are eligible to apply for project funding under this scheme.


designCORE is a design research centre, based in the School of Design, within the Faculty of Business and Humanities.

designCORE itself is a multi-disciplinary collective of faculty, academic and practicebased design researchers, engaged primarily in design research in the broad range of products, services and systems which affect people. We seek to push the boundaries of the design discipline through rigorous and deep evidence-based research action. Using design-led approach in method, process, practice for knowledge creation, we seek to lead the field within our disciplinary area. Our design research approach seeks to inform policy, enhance society, and frame early stage design development in industry for sustained social and economic growth.

designCORE continually broadens its research, industry, and agency collaborations to achieve the highest level of critical, creative, innovative, academic, social and commercial impact..

Current research includes:

• User behaviour and interaction;

• Social design;

• Design for ageing and demographic change and design for ageing;

• Design process in regional development;

• Practice-based learning;

• Design methodologies and design management;

• Rapid manufacturing and agile design.

designCORE offers Level 9 Master by research opportunity, MA programmes in Design, and Institute of Technology Carlow has indicated to QQI its intention to extend provision of design research to awards at NFQ Level 10, for which formal application will be made in the academic session 2019/2020.

More details
  • Qualifications

    Degree - Doctoral (Level 10 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Part time

  • Apply to

    Course provider