Reseach Programmes - Masters

What types of Postgraduate Research can I apply for?


Learning outcomes at Level 9 (whether by research or otherwise) relate to the demonstration of knowledge and understanding which is at the forefront of a field of learning. The outcomes relate to the application of knowledge, understanding and problem solving abilities in new or unfamiliar contexts related to a field of study. The outcomes are associated with an ability to integrate knowledge, handle complexity and formulate judgements. Outcomes associated with Level 9 would link with employment as a senior professional or manager with responsibility for the work outputs of teams. Students for the Degree of Master by Research will be expected to acquire a mastery of the principles and theory underlying their chosen subject and a knowledge and appreciation of the relevant literature.

The CIT Master's degree will also include a structured taught element to provide the student with the skills and knowledge necessary for the pursuit of the proposed research. This will consist, at a minimum, of a 5 credit Core Research Skills module. Students may complete up to a maximum of 15 credits of approved learning in the form of relevant transferrable skills modules, discipline-specific modules, and work placement or other professional learning. This should be agreed beforehand with the student's Graduate Supervisory Panel and be included in the student's Personal Development Plan.

Doctor Of Philosophy
Learning outcomes at Doctoral Level 10 relate to the discovery and development of new knowledge and skills through original research, or original application of existing knowledge, and the delivery of findings at the frontiers of knowledge and application that are of publishable standard in peer-reviewed literature or by equivalent peer review through performance or exhibition. The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree programme always involves the advancement of knowledge through original research, in which the student demonstrates outstanding scholarship and ability. It involves an individual programme of research leading to the submission of a doctoral thesis describing a coherent body of original work by the student. The thesis comprises a written dissertation, which may be accompanied by a portfolio or supporting artefacts, and is defended at an oral examination. Through it, the candidate must demonstrate that he/she has conducted original, independent research and has a broad knowledge of a particular field of study and a comprehensive knowledge of the specialist area upon which their research is focused.

All doctorates in CIT are structured with the following key characteristics:

(a) The core component of a structured PhD programme is the advancement of knowledge through original research; at the same time the structured PhD is designed to meet the needs of an employment market that is wider than academia;

(b) A high quality research experience, training and output consistent with international norms and best practice;

(c) To support the original research activity, the following elements are included:

• a formalised integrated programme of education, training and personal and professional development activities

• the development of disciplinespecific knowledge, research skills and generic/transferable skills

• declared outcomes and graduate attributes in line with national and international best practice

Entry requirements

In order to qualify for entry to the Masters Register, an applicant is normally required to possess an Honours Bachelor Degree (Level 8) with a performance equivalent to at least a second class honours in a relevant field of study from a recognised degree-awarding institution.

Direct entry onto the Doctoral Register is permitted for applicants who possess an Honours Bachelor Degree (Level 8) with a performance equivalent to at least a second class upper division honours in a cognate area related to that of their proposed research from a recognised degree-awarding institution. Such applicants are required to complete a probationary period before their registration is confirmed.

Direct entry onto the Doctoral Register is also permitted for applicants who possess a Master's degree in a cognate area related to that of their proposed research from a recognised degree-awarding institution. Such applicants are required to complete a probationary period before their registration is confirmed.

Other applicants will normally be required to be entered on the Masters Register for at least one year full-time (or equivalent) before applying for transfer to the Doctoral Register.


Duration of studies & leading to Master's Degree
The normal duration of studies leading to the Degree of Master by Research for full-time students is twenty-one months (two academic years) from the date of admission to the Masters Register. In exceptional circumstances, the Institute may vary the required and permitted duration of the programme.

Duration of studies & leading to Doctoral Degree
The normal duration of studies leading to the Doctoral Degree for full-time students is four academic years from the date of admission to the Doctoral Register. In exceptional circumstances, the Institute may vary the required and permitted duration of the programme.


The annual fee for EU Postgraduate Research students commencing in 2019/2020 is €5,500.

• The Fees are charged annually over 2 years for a Masters and 3 years for a PhD Full-time.

• Students who require additional time to complete their studies will be charged €750 per annum.

International Tuition Fees/Scholarships
The current annual tuition fee in CIT is €12,000 for all levels of study. There are a limited number of scholarships of 25% available. Students will be evaluated for scholarship eligibility based on the documents submitted as part of their application.

Students should note that the Fees quoted relate to the academic year 2019-2020 only and are subject to change on an annual basis.

Except where stated, course fees cover the cost of tuition only. Registration fees for professional bodies etc. are payable separately to these institutions.

Full-time (On Campus) EU Postgraduate Students will also be liable for the €7 USI Levy.

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Withdrawing from a course
Students who wish to withdrawn from a course must notify the admissions office and complete a withdrawal form. Where Students fail to inform admissions of their withdrawal they will remain liable for any unpaid fees on their accounts. E-mail

Refund Policy
All courses at CIT will run subject to sufficient student numbers. Where a course cannot proceed, applicants will be contacted and advised on alternative study options.

• A full refund will be given to all applicants for courses which do not proceed.

• A full refund will be given to students who withdraw before 5th September.

• Where students pay the online application fee to accept an offer they have 14 days in which to withdraw and claim a full refund provided the course has not commenced.

• A full refund (less 15% administration fee) will be given to applicants for short courses, if requested up to one week after course commencement. No refunds will be given thereafter. A short Course is less than 12 weeks duration.

• A full refund (less 15% administration fee) will be given to applicants for semesterised and full year courses if requested up to one month after the commencement of Semester 1 and before the end of February for Semester 2. No refunds will be given thereafter.

• All applications for refunds must be made on the appropriate Refund Form which can be requested from the CIT Fees Office (email

NB: Students are reminded to ensure that they have clearly understood all the terms of their enrolment with CIT, in particular clauses concerning refunds, deferments, waivers, course transfers, and visa applications (when applicable).

Enrolment dates

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The CIT Research Community
The main focus of CIT research is to engage in excellent research that has social and economic impact in the region and beyond, creating sustainable employment, attracting and nurturing new businesses and educating a talented pool of innovative researchers. CIT researchers work with a wide range of world class international collaborators in Europe, India, Russia, China, Brazil, and the USA.

CIT's research activities are structured to have a direct and meaningful impact on industry, whilst at the same time being grounded in research excellence. Research activity in CIT is organised around Thematic Research Areas which are large multidisciplinary groups of researchers working on high-level research of strategic importance to the nation and smaller groups or individual researchers. As a CIT postgraduate researcher you will work within the Institute's Research and Innovation Ecosystem, designed to give you the experience that will drive your career in whatever direction you wish to take it.

The Thematic Research Areas are:
Information and Communications Technology research and innovation involving engineers and scientists from electronic engineering and computing takes place in the NIMBUS Research Centre and the SIGMA and RIOMH software groups. All work closely with industry. Activity in NIMBUS focuses on Cyberphysical Systems and the Internet of Things (IoT). NIMBUS is CIT's largest research centre and Ireland's largest centre devoted to IoT research. SIGMA focuses on applying advanced software and computational techniques to real world applications. RIOMH focuses on computing for virtualisation and infrastructure, security and data analytics. For RIOMH contact

For NIMBUS contact john. and for SIGMA contact

Lifesciences and Wellbeing research includes the BioExplore Research Centre, the NutRI, and MEDIC groups. BioExplore focuses on bio-analysis, diagnostics, antimicrobial screening, bioinformatics, peptide engineering and mass spectrometry. MEDIC focuses on the development of biomedical devices for the healthcare market. For BioExplore contact aidan. and for MEDIC contact paddy.mcgowan@cit. ie. For NutRI contact aoife.

Photonics research includes the CAPPA Research Centre which focuses on generating and harnessing light, impacting a wide range of areas, such as telecommunications, gas sensing, food and medical imaging. CAPPA works closely with industry. The Astronomy and Instrumentation Group (AIG) promotes the use of space science by industry and academia and develops and uses instruments for astronomy and other application domains. For CAPPA contact and for AIG contact niall.smith@

Maritime Energy and Sustainable Environment Research Cluster (MESE) research includes the Halpin Research and Innovation Centre, the Mechanical Systems Simulation and Optimisation (MeSSO) Group, and the Sustainable Infrastructure Research and Innovation Group (SIRIG). Halpin focuses on maritime research from its base at the National Maritime College of Ireland, MeSSO focuses on optimising the performance and design of mechanical systems, and SIRIG focuses on research related to sustainability with an emphasis on engineering infrastructure. For Halpin contact, for MeSSO contact paul.osullivan@ and for SIRIG contact joe.

Exercise and Health research includes the Hex-Spo Research Group. Hex-Spo focuses on Health & Exercise Promotion and Sports Coaching Science. Contact tara. or con.burns@

Creative and Performing Arts research is of increasing importance that has impacts across many disciplines. It is an area that is seeing significant growth. CIT Crawford College of Art and Design (CCAD) and the CIT Cork School of Music (CSM). For CCAD contact catherine. and for CSM contact

Entrepreneurship, Competitiveness and Innovation research includes the Hincks Centre for Entrepreneurship Excellence and the V-Linc Group. Hincks focuses on research in enterprise and entrepreneurship development. The objective is to further our understanding of how entrepreneurship contributes to economic growth, competitiveness and societal wellbeing. V-Linc focuses on research into clustering of companies and how this benefits their competitiveness. For Hincks contact helen.mcguirk@cit. ie and for V-Linc contact john.hobbs@

Education and Learning research includes the Enterprise Engagement and Experiential Learning Group (E3LG) and the Educational Technology Group (EDTECH). E3LG focuses on engagement interactions between higher education institutions and external organisations, with a particular focus on experiential learning. EDTECH focuses on pedagogically-orientated research into the application of new and emerging technologies to facilitate learning at all levels. For E3LG contact and for EDTECH contact

The table summarises the thematic areas and the types of research conducted within each and may be a useful guide. If your research interests are not covered within the Thematic Research Areas then you can always contact the SGS Office for advice and assistance -

Thematic Research Areas

Information and Communications Technology
• Internet of Things • Cyberphysical systems • Cybersecurity / data analytics • Energy • Water systems • Industry • Smart cities / People Behaviour / Assisted Living • Machine Learning • High Performance Computing

Maritime, Energy and Sustainable Environment
• Maritime safety & security; shipping transport and logistics; education and training • Energy retrofit • Building management • Micro-grid control • Mechatronics • Water & Wastewater Treatment • Renewable Energy • Sediment Behaviour & Management • Structural Engineering • Engineering Infrastructure

Life Sciences and Wellbeing
• Molecular diagnostics • Bio-therapeutics • BioInformatics • Virology • Gait analysis • Biomedical Engineering / Biomedical Devices • Analytical chemistry • Toxicology

Health and Exercise
• Health and Exercise Promotion • Sport Science

• Optics • Semiconductor Lasers • Spectroscopy • Optical instrumentation • Astronomy and Space Science

Entrepreneurship, Competitiveness and Innovation
• Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Development • Clustering

Creative and Performing Arts
• Fine art • Art therapy • Multimedia • Music • Music technology

Education & Learning
• E-learning and Educational Technology • Workplace partnerships & Experiential learning

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