Masters by Research

Do you have a research idea you would like to explore further?

Are you an industry professional looking to expand your career prospects or to investigate the context for, history of or critical perspectives on your work in the creative cultural or technological sectors? Or a graduate of a Level 8 programme ready to take the next step as an independent researcher in your field?

Research + Development at IADT
Research, development, enterprise and innovation are embedded into the culture of IADT.

We pride ourselves on our expertise and experience in a range of creative, technological and entrepreneurial fields.

Academic staff and postgraduate research students across IADT lead or collaborate in research projects across the research spectrum – practice-based and scholarly, basic and applied – working with a diverse range of stakeholders and collaborators in the public and private sectors, at local, national and global level.

With research taking place in art, design, entrepreneurship, film, media, psychology, technology, and in many areas of the humanities, we tackle big questions across the creative industries and address some of the most important societal challenges, including equality, diversity, and sustainability. We also investigate and develop innovative approaches to Teaching and Learning across disciplines and utilising a range of digital and collaborative technologies.

We welcome you in exploring a selection of case studies highlighting recent projects and partnerships and staff profiles highlighting our range of expertise, both available the links below.

Entry requirements

Applicants must normally hold a degree (2nd class honours) at NFQ Level 8 in a relevant discipline. It is possible for applications to be considered under the RPL (Recognition of Prior Learning) process.

Application dates

IADT welcomes applications on a rolling basis
Applicants can submit their expression of interest by emailing

Application Process
Applications are accepted at any time in the academic year. The first stage is to submit your expression of interest (an abstract and a completed PG1 form) to the Research Officer. We will then review the application to ensure that it is within IADT's remit and suitable for postgraduate research, and contact you with the outcome. Once this first stage is complete, we ask applicants to complete the second stage (submission of a research proposal and a PG2A form) within six weeks.

This full proposal and accompanying documentation is then reviewed by an appointed external examiner (an expert in your proposed field of research). The final decision on whether to accept a proposal, and so offer a place on the Masters by Research programme, is made by the Head of Faculty.

Avril Healy
Research Officer


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)

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    Full time,Part time,Daytime

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