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 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 email@example.com. For NIMBUS contact firstname.lastname@example.org and for SIGMA contact email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and for MEDIC contact email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and for AIG contact email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, for MeSSO contact email@example.com and for SIRIG contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and for CSM contact Maria.Judge@cit.ie.
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 email@example.com and for V-Linc contact john.hobbs@ cit.ie.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and for TEL contact email@example.com.