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Masters by Research

Students will complete a taught module in research methodologies module and will have at least two designated research supervisors. They will have access to IADT facilities including library, computers, a hot-desk study office and student services. A research student travel fund exists.

Entry requirements

To be eligible for consideration to undertake a Masters by Research, a candidate must have obtained a standard of at least Second Class Honours in an approved primary degree or equivalent.


Normally the duration of studies leading to the degree of Masters (Research) is two academic years from the date of admission on the Masters register.

Further enquiries

For more information please contact our research administrator Linda Carroll


IADT is interested to hear from prospective postgraduate students at any time.

We aim to have two calls per year in which Research Projects are advertised, and we also invite proposals at these times. In this case, applicants may propose ideas and IADT will attempt to find matching supervisors.

Depending on funding availability, fees remission and/or stipends may be available. This will be made clear at the time of each call. A number of IOTI funded Postgraduate Research Scholarships may be available within certain topics. Where stipends and fees remission are not available, fees are payable.

Application date

Application Process
Applications for all of the Postgraduate and Professional Development Programmes are made directly to IADT, through the Admissions Office.

You may contact our Admissions Office on / (01) 239 4621

Research areas

The Directorate of Creativity, Innovation + Research promotes and coordinates research in accordance with IADT research policy and our Strategic Plan. Research is actively conducted within both faculties. IADT has led and participated in many EU- and nationally-funded projects in areas such as: Mobile Technology, mLearning, Pedagogy, Entrepreneurship, Creative Arts + Media and Assistive Technologies. We are currently engaged in a number of EU Horizon 2020 funding bids in collaboration with universities and enterprises in Europe.

Research Themes
IADT conducts Postgraduate Research up to Masters Level (Level 9) in the areas of Creative Arts + Media, Public Cultures, Entrepreneurship, Applied Psychology and Digital Technologies.

Creative Arts + Media: This cluster embraces disciplines that are practice-based and professionally oriented. This includes Visual Arts, Visual Communications, Photography, Film, Animation, Broadcast Media and Design for Stage, TV + Film. The National Film School is a recognised centre of excellence at IADT.

A key aspect of our courses is the integration of theory and practice. In the domain of creative arts and media, IADT is distinctively well-placed to provide a research base that spans the spectrum from those who describe themselves as ‘practitioners’ or ‘artists’ to researchers working in the same field from well-established humanities backgrounds. Therefore, practicebased research and more traditional forms of academic research are carried out alongside these disciplines.

IADT participation in the HEA PRTLI funded Graduate School of Creative Arts and Media ( represents a significant opportunity to advance the work of the Creative Arts and Media cluster. The partners in this project are NCAD, DIT, IADT and University of Ulster.

Public Culture Studies/Entrepreneurship: The Centre for Public Culture Studies ( functions as an ‘umbrella’ organisation for a variety of taught and research courses as well as for on-going research and dissemination projects, and critical debates on relevant current issues. The Centre focuses on a number of key themes in the area of Public Culture Studies to reflect national, European and international agendas.
Themes include:
• Work + Migration
• Citizenship + Identity
• Public Space
• Public Communication
• Public Arts + Cultural Interaction
• Public Policy
• Globalisation

Public culture research seeks to interrogate the ways in which the public sphere, with all of its attendant cultures and conventions, has been created historically as well as altered under contemporary cultural, economic, political and social conditions.

Applied Psychology/Digital Technologies: The Centre for Creative Technologies and Applications (CCTA) seeks to draw together the expertise and research interests of academic staff and postgraduate students in the areas of psychology and technology.

Creative Technologies is concerned with people-centred technology in a digital environment. The CCTA’s goal – both through taught courses and research – is to explore the interaction of people and technology. This goal finds expression in a range of existing disciplines such as Audio/Visual Technologies, Gaming, Multimedia, Psychology, eLearning, Assistive Technologies, Teaching and Learning, eBusiness, and emerging disciplines such as Cyberpsychology.

Academic contacts for these areas are as follows:
Research Area
• Creative Arts + Media - Head of Faculty: Mr. David Smith
• Public Cultures - Head of Faculty: Dr. Josephine Browne
• Entrepreneurship - Head of Faculty: Dr. Josephine Browne
• Applied Psychology - Head of Faculty: Mr. David Smith
• Digital Technologies - Head of Faculty: Mr. David Smith

Innovation + Enterprise
IADT is committed to ensuring that our teaching, learning and research all translate into a beneficial contribution to the local and national economy.

We regularly undertake collaborative research projects with industry partners of all sizes, notably through Enterprise Ireland’s Innovation Voucher scheme, whereby our staff and postgraduate researchers help SMEs overcome technical and creative challenges. Through our technology transfer service, we help IADT staff and students to undertake research and develop technology which is suitable for licensing to industry partners or which could indeed form the basis of a spin-out start-up company.

The National Film School building at IADT offers state-of-the-art HD studio facilities and is available for use by industry partners on a commercial basis.

The Media Cube Incubation Centre supports early stage companies in the sphere of digital media and technology. The Media Cube is currently home to 21 companies, employing over 80 people. Our New Frontiers Entrepreneur Development Course, delivered in collaboration with DIT and Enterprise Ireland, offers a superb package of support to early stage start-ups, including workshops, mentoring, incubation space and financial aid.

IADT is also a partner in the consortium of Institutions behind Ireland’s National Digital Research Centre (NDRC), which offers a range of supports to digital start-up projects:

For enquiries relating to Innovation + Enterprise, please contact Linda Carroll on 01 239 4644 or

Course fee

Information on fees and grants
T: 01 239 4612

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