Science - Research - Limerick

Research in LIT's Department of Applied Science aims to expose you to leading edge ideas, technologies and procedures. The research will produce a high quality, problemsolving graduate with high competency in modern analytical methodologies in their chosen field. You will have the ability to function in a logical and professional manner and be able to exercise judgement and initiative.

Entry requirements

What are the entry requirements?
Minimum Entry Requirements for a MSc. is a BSc with second class honours Grade 2 in relevant discipline.


Location: Limerick


Areas of Research

Poential areas of research include:


Nutraceuticals – The Shannon Applied Biotechnology Centre (Shannon ABC) is a Research Centre set-up with IT Tralee to identify the presence of Bioactive Components in Natural Resources. Food Science – Microbial Bioactivity Screening of Foods. Bioassay Development – Bioanalysis Development of Enzymatic & Spectrophotometric Assays for application in Analysis of Food Constituents, etc.

Environmental Monitoring & Management

Development of Analytical Methods for Pollution Control, Wastewater Treatment Management and Control, Bio-monitoring and Sensor Technology for Air, Water and Soil Ecosystems. Soil Science & CO2 Sequestration. Development of Conservation & Management strategies of Freshwater Fish Resources in Ireland. Wetland Ecology Conservation & Management, including Analysis of Biogeofunctional Factors.

Forensic Drug Analysis

Development of Analytical Methods for the Analysis of new Drugs in Forensic Cases such as: Drugs in Sport, Driving under the Influence of Drugs, and Faster Analysis of Existing Drugs.

Pharmaceutical Analysis

Development & Validation of Analytical Methods for the Pharmaceutical Industry, with the aim of increasing efficiency of QC Analysis on Drug Formulations.

Space Life Science

Development of novel Hydroponic Technologies for Space Life Science Applications and Industries e.g. NASA & ESA. Research includes technology transfer to terrestrial applications for the Nutraceutical, Agriculture, Horticultural & Brewing Industries.

The Controlled Environment Laboratory for Life Sciences (CELLS) offers postgraduate opportunities with potential placement opportunities in the Space Life Science Research Laboratory, NASA, Kennedy Space Centre, Florida, USA. CELLS house the only Growth Chamber Technology in Europe designed to specifications used by researchers in the Space Life Science Laboratory in KSC.

More details
  • Qualification letters

    M.Sc. / Ph.D.

  • Qualifications

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

  • Attendance type

    Full time

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