Masters by Research

The Institute of Art, Design and Technology (IADT) is Ireland's leading Third Level Institute for the Creative, Cultural and Technological Sectors.

Research at IADT works at the cutting edge, makes a difference and creates impact. We solve problems, answer questions and help shape new futures.

With over 100 research active staff across two faculties, we collaborate with industry on commercial research for start-up enterprises and large corporations, and on engaged research projects in non-profit and community environments.

The Masters by Research programme offers you the opportunity to conduct your research and academic study with a dedicated supervisory team of internationally recognised experts.

Entry requirements

Who Can Apply?
Holders of a 2nd class honours degree at NFQ Level 8 in a relevant discipline. If you do not have the required qualifications, your application may be considered under the RPL (Recognition of Prior Learning) process.

Application dates

There is currently a rolling submission date for Masters by Research Application, meaning the applicant can submit their expression of interest for (PG1 and initial abstract) to at any time.

However, once approved to move to Stage 2 of the application process, the applicant has 6 weeks from notification of progression to Stage 2 to submit their full Research Proposal and Form PG2.

Project Supervision
In advance of any application (either independent project of research call), the applicant must have a confirmed potential supervisor. It is the responsibility of the candidate to establish contact with a potential supervisor in advance of pursuing a Masters by Research Application.

Please note, the onus is on the applicant and supervisor to work together in advance of the final submission deadline to ensure that the final proposal and all associated documentation is submitted on time.

Process Overview
Candidate makes first contact with potential supervisor / supervisory Team

Once the potential supervisor (s) are confirmed, the candidate can submit form PG1 (Expression of Interest) and Project Abstract to

The candidate will receive an acknowledgement of submission email

The PG1 (Expression of Interest) and Project Abstract are submitted for internal review and approval and the decision is fed back to the Dept. of Strategic and Postgraduate Development, who informs the candidate of the decision.

If approved to progress onto Stage 2, the Candidate has 6 weeks from the date of notification to work with his / her supervisor to submit their full Research Proposal and accompanying PG2A Form.

The full proposal and all accompanying documentation is then submitted by the Dept. of Strategic and Postgraduate Development to an appointed external examiner, who is an expert in the field of research, for assessment as a viable Masters Project.

The External Reviewers assessment is then fed back to the Supervisor and Department Head for final review and approval.

The candidate will be notified of the final decision and next steps if approved by the Dept. of Strategic and Postgraduate Development.


Research is conducted independently with the support of a supervisor and Faculty, over the course of 2 years full time, 3 years part-time.


For any queries in relation to the Fee Schedule for the Masters by Research Fees, please contact the Fees and Grants Team. Details at the link below:


Research topics that link directly to Ireland's smart economy including Virtual Reality / Augmented Reality / Sport Psychology / User Experience (UX) + User Interface (UI) / Film + Content / Photography / Digital Story Telling are all welcome.

Thematic Research Calls are advertised on the IADT website, usually in Spring:
Submissions are also invited from prospective candidates who wish to propose their own topic of research. For further information, please email

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Full time,Part time,Daytime

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