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Undertaking a Postgraduate research degree at Dundalk Institute of Technology can be a rewarding experience both in terms of your professional and personnel development. It can give you that cutting edge that is required in the competitive world.

If you enjoy working as part of a research team whilst possessing the ability to learn independently, problem solve and critically evaluate your work, then perhaps undertaking a postgraduate research degree at DkIT is your best option. If you are interested in the Institute's research activities and believe you have the necessary skills to undertake a Postgraduate research programme within the Institute.

Dundalk Institute of Technology conducts research of an international standing in its prioritised established research themes. Research is driven by global needs whilst impacting upon society and the economy.

Entry requirements

Applications will be considered from candidates who:

•hold an NQAI Level 8 award or equivalent (at minimum Second Class Honours, Grade 2 level) in an area of study cognate to the proposed study area or

•hold such other qualifications as may be acceptable to the Programme Board for the purposes of proceeding to a specific Master Degree or

•have achieved outstanding merit in a specialist artistic field as evidenced by an accumulated body of published/performed work, a scholarly approach to their subject area, and significant national and/or international reputation and this standard to be assessed by the Programme Board.

Candidates may register for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) once a satisfactorily a period of enrolment at Master’s level is completed and provided the research project is suitable for research at doctoral level.
Candidates must submit a detailed written proposal at the time of application. Candidates are therefore advised to get in touch with the relevant department or Research Centre to discuss their research interests in advance of making an application. This will ensure that the Institute can provide appropriate supervision, resources and facilities to support the research project.

Candidates holding foreign academic qualifications must submit certified copies of all relevant qualifications held to date at the time of application and demonstrate a minimum proficiency in English at 6.5 on the IELTS scale or equivalent, in order to ensure that there is no language barrier between research learner and supervisor, which might hinder the research activity at the onset and that the learner is capable of providing written work, as and when required.


Students who wish to pursue a Masters’ Degree or a PhD by research can do so in DkIT and receive a DCU accredited award and so DkIT students can now benefit from the breadth of expertise and research activities undertaken by DCU.

Research areas

The Institute's research is conducted through its various Research Centres and Groups embedded across the Institute's four academic schools

ICT, Health & Ageing
Energy & Environment
Creative Arts

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