Research Programmes - Kerry Campus


IT Tralee has successfully built a strong research capability with a distinctive multidisciplinary approach that has earned the Institute an international reputation. The Institute has prioritised research themes which focus on the creation and dissemination of new knowledge in areas of significant economic and social impact. Our research successes to date are attributed to the talents and efforts of our dynamic research community and the strengths of their collaborations and alliances with leading international universities, research institutes, and industrial and societal partners.

Linked to our three schools, IT Tralee has developed three research centres of scale whose missions align with national (NRPE Ireland, Forfás 2011) and global (European Commission Horizon2020 and UNESCO Chair research) research and innovation priorities: Shannon Applied Biotechnology Centre (Shannon ABC) and the IMaR Research Centre (both co-funded under the Enterprise Ireland Technology Gateway programme), and the UNESCO Chair research in the area of 'Transforming the Lives of People with Disabilities, their Families and Communities, through Physical Education, Sport, Recreation and Fitness'.

In addition, across our three schools, a number of research groups exist (e.g. the Centre for Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Development (CEED) and the Irish Academy of Hospitality and Tourism (IAHT)) and new research groups and alliances are emerging where staff are working jointly together across departments and schools and developing advanced competencies in multidisciplinary areas of research.

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Subject areas available for a postgraduate research degree are usually determined by the current research activities of the particular school or department.

If you are interested in pursuing further study, please contact the relevant head of department or the head of research for further information:

Dr. Siobhan McSweeney,
Head of Research

Mr. Ray O'Connor Desmond,,
Head of Department of Hotel, Culinary Arts and Tourism

Ms. Brigid Crowley,
Head of Departments of Creative Media and Information Technology and Computing

Dr. Patrick Carney,
Head of Department of Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

Dr. Noel Mulligan,
Head of Dept of Biological and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Ms. Aisling Sharkey
Head of Department of Social Sciences

Ms. Gerardina Harnett,
Head of Dept of Nursing and Health Care Sciences

Dr. Michael Hall,
Head of Dept of Health and Leisure Studies

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  • Qualification letters

    MSc & PhD

  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ),Degree - Doctoral (Level 10 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Full time,Part time

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