Engineering Research & Innovation

What is the programme about?
The capacity of a business to innovate through new or improved products and services is fundamental to its competitive and commercial success. The objective of this unique practisefocused Masters programme is to cultivate an integrated professional skillset in graduates (science, engineering, design, computing and business) for the effective management of the innovation process through the development of strategic, research-led and knowledge transfer capabilities.

You will learn how new products and services are created and how they get to market as well as how innovation is managed in different types of organisations.

The programme is designed to connect, integrate and embed research activity within regional small and medium enterprises and to meet an identified skills gap within that sector.

The programme will facilitate learners to explore their own interests in an active and practical way through undertaking research projects with local companies. You will experience what it means to carry out research and how to develop real life scenarios for organisations by working in a project based way to apply the knowledge acquired through the modules.

Why choose this programme?
The programme is designed for students or professionals who want to gain employment or apply practical research skills in their current work environment in the area of research and innovation. It is equally suited to final year students who wish to extend or develop a current project to a Level 9 degree for application within a real work environment.

The course will provide students with a comprehensive skill set in research and innovation and provide a strong foundation for further postgraduate study, particularly for PhD research.

Innovation 2020, Ireland's strategy for research and development, science and technology.

'Becoming a Global Innovation Leader will result in key benefits for Irish society. Over the coming decades, we will face profound challenges and innovation and research will be centre-stage in developing our national responses. There will be growing demand for energy and food security, health services, education, protection of the environment, understanding the ocean, and combatting poverty and social exclusion. Our success in delivering on the ambition in this strategy will depend on our people – undertaking the research, working in and creating successful enterprises, and contributing to the society in which we live.'

Subjects taught

What subject areas will I study?
Mandatory Modules:
Research Project/Research Papers
Research Methods for Engineering

Elective Subjects:
Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management
Technology Integration
Design Driven Innovation
Innovation for Sustainable Enterprise
Post-Processing for Smart Industry
Materials Selection in Sustainable Engineering Design
Data Analysis for Advanced Manufacturing
Advanced Manufacturing for Industry

Entry requirements

Applicants require a Bachelors degree (Level 8) or equivalent (minimum 2nd class honours) in an appropriate discipline.

Candidates with significant experience (as determined by RPL), may also be considered for entry.


CWL19 Master of Science in Applied Research and Innovation CARLOW Part-time NFQ Level 9 Credits 90


1 year full-time


CWL19 Applied Research and Innovation CARLOW Part-time €5,500

Programme Fees for Non-EU Students
Masters Programme Fee – €11,250

Post Course Info

What follow-on study opportunities are available?
Graduates may pursue Level 10 (PhD) study opportunities upon successful completion of this programme.

What will I be able to do when I finish this programme?
On completion of this programme learners should be able to:
• Analyse the current innovative performance of an organisation;

• Work with a range of innovation management skills;

• Utilise a research and enquiry based approach to business problems;

• Analyse and resolve problems across a range of competing demands and disciplines/industry function perspectives;

• Understand and facilitate project delivery.

More details
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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Full time,Daytime

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