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Reseach Programmes

Why consider a Postgraduate Degree by Research?
Engaging in a postgraduate degree by research at CIT will provide you with cutting edge analytical skills, supported by the experience of working within a dynamic environment alongside national and international researchers. You will use leading edge techniques and equipment whilst being supervised to the highest level. We understand that your career is important to you, so during your time here as a research postgraduate you will be provided with a suite of supports, from supervision and mentoring to developing a personalised career development plan which will be integrated into your research. You will also have the opportunity to take taught modules which will not only enhance your research, but will make your future, wherever that may be, all the brighter. Our research teams often work closely with industry, so if you see your future career in industry then a research postgraduate qualification from CIT is something for you to seriously consider.

What types of Postgraduate Research can I apply for?
There are two postgraduate research degree options available:

Masters by Research
• Also known as a Level 9 award
• Takes 21 months full-time (minimum) to complete or 42 months part-time
• Entry requirement is a 2nd class honours Bachelor Degree (Level 8)
• Requires mastery of the subject matter
• Award is based on evaluation of a thesis written on the basis of the research

Doctor of Philosophy
• Also known as a Level 10 award
• Takes a minimum of 3 years to complete (full-time) but more likely to take 4 years, and twice that for part-time
• Entry requirement is a 2nd class upper division honours Bachelor Degree (Level 8)
• The award is based on demonstrating that you have generated new knowledge through your original research, by writing a major thesis and answering questions on its content.
• PhD researchers are generally expected to publish their work in peer-reviewed journals and/or conferences.

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 multi-disciplinary 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:
Information and Communications Technology research and innovation involving engineers and scientists from electronic engineering and computing and takes place in the NIMBUS Research Centre and the SIGMA and RIOMH software groups. All work closely with industry. Activity in NIMBUS focuses on 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 cloud and distributed systems. For RIOMH contact For NIMBUS contact and for SIGMA contact

Lifesciences and Wellbeing:
Lifesciences and Wellbeing research includes the BioExplore Research Centre and the MEDIC group. 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 and for MEDIC contact

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) develops and uses instruments for astronomy, some of which have been used for other applications such as trace contaminant detection and air quality monitoring. Nanomaterials and Analysis research covers topics such as in-situ and 3D electron microscopy, high-resolution lithography, nanowire doping and surface functionalisation with applications as on-chip bio-chemical sensors, high performance transistors and interconnects in microelectronics. For CAPPA contact and for AIG contact

Maritime Energy and Sustainable Environment:
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 and for SIRIG contact

Exercise and Health:
Exercise and Health research includes the Spraoi Research Group. Spraoi focuses on critical issues such as childhood obesity, childhood activity and its effects on health. Contact tara.coppinger@cit. ie or

Creative and Performing Arts:
Creative and Performing Arts research is of increasing importance and is an area that will see significant growth in the coming years. It is conducted within the Crawford College of Art and Design (CCAD) and the Cork School of Music (CSM). For CCAD contact and for CSM contact

Entrepreneurship, Competitiveness and Innovation:
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 and for V-Linc contact john.hobbs@

Education and Learning:
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 organizations, 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 TEL contact

Entry requirements

Research Masters
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.

Doctor of Philosophy
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 register. In exceptional circumstances, the Institute may vary the required and permitted duration of the programme.

Further enquiries

CIT School of Graduate Studies
T: 00-353-21-4335099

International Office
T: +353 21 433 5300

Application date

The application form is available from the Graduate Studies Office.

Research areas

Thematic Research Areas:
Information and Communications Technology:
• Internet of Things
• Cyberphysical systems
• Energy
• Water systems
• Industry 4.0
• 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:
• Childhood obesity and activity
• Health Sciences

• Optics
• Semiconductor Lasers
• Spectroscopy
• Optical instrumentation
• Astronomy

Entrepreneurship, Competitiveness and Innovation:
• Management
• Marketing
• Entrepreneurship
• Enterprise Support
• Accountancy

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

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

Course fee

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.

For further information on the USI levy please go to:

Students will be notified of their fees by email to their CIT email account and in all cases, course fees must be paid before attending lectures.

Students can check their account balance and pay their fees online at

Failure to pay fees on time will result in a late payment fee of 10% being applied and students will no longer have access to IT Facilities.

• Where course fees are being funded by an employer, you are asked to seek payment or reimbursement from your employer. Where an employer requires an invoice in their Company name the employer must e-mail with the relevant details and the amount of Fees they will be funding.

• For Semesterised courses, students pay for the relevant modules at the beginning of each semester. Payment of fees by laser, debit or credit card can be made online at or by phoning +353 21 433 5440.

Students should familiarise themselves with the relevant section of the Student Regulations.

Please note that the Fees Office will use your CIT email account for important communications.

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).

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