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EnviroCORE - Research (CORES)

EnviroCORE is focused on the development of biological and chemical environmental technologies that offer innovative solutions to environmental problems that support sustainable economic and social development.

CORE Research Themes are:
• Phyto, vermi, and microbial technologies for waste treatment;
• Biomass production and biotransformation;
• Environmental bioindicators, biosensors and biomarkers;
• Environmental Modelling and risk.

Entry requirements

Research Masters
At IT Carlow we offer you the chance to achieve two types of Research Postgraduate Qualifications.
• Degree of Master (Research)
• Degree of Doctor of Philosophy

Degree of Master (Research)
Candidates for the Degree of Master (Research) will be expected to meet the standard for the relevant broad field of learning (Science, Computing, Engineering, Business, Art and Design defined for awards at Level 9 on the NFQ.

Learning outcomes at this level relate to the demonstration of knowledge and understanding which is the forefront of a field of learning. The outcomes relate to the application of knowledge, understanding and problem solving abilities in new or unfamiliar contexts related to the field of study. The outcomes are associated with an ability to integrate knowledge, handle complexity and formulate judgements. Outcomes associated with Level 9 would link with employment as a senior professional or manager with responsibility for the work outputs of teams.

Normally, the minimum duration of studies leading to the Degree of Master (Research) is 21 months (two academic years) from the date of admission to the Master's Register.

Degree of Doctor of Philosophy
Candidates for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy will be expected to meet the standard for the relevant broad field of learning defined for awards at level 10 on the NFQ.

Learning outcomes at this level relate to the discovery and development of new knowledge and skills and delivering findings at the frontiers of knowledge and application. Further outcomes at this level relate to specialist skills and transferable skills required for managing, such as the abilities to critique and develop organisational structure and initiate change.

Normally, the minimum duration of studies leading to the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy is 3 academic years from the date of admission to the register.


The average duration of a research Masters degree (NFQ Level 9) is 2 years full-time study. A PhD (NFQ Level 10) should take from 3 to 4 years (full-time) to complete.

Further enquiries

IT Carlow,
Kilkenny Road,
Carlow, Ireland
Tel: 059 91 75000
Fax: 059 91 75005

Application date

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Research areas

Current Research projects include:
• Bioremediation of Tributyltin (TBT) in Irish marine sediments: Microbial screening and process optimization;
• Investigating the novel bacterium Ensifer adhaerans OV14 on the putative replacement for Agrobacterium mediated gene transfer in commercially viable crops; • Microbial bioremediation and physiochemical treatment of landfill leachate;
• Influence of enzyme supplementation technologies in biogas production;
• Development of endophyte and rhizosphere enhanced Plant Growth Promotion (PGPR) and phytoremediation systems - colonisation dynamics, mechanisms and impacts;
• Serum amyloid A as a biomarker;
• Investigation into integrated constructed wetlands: pathogen removal, pathogen fate and bioremediation enhancement;
• Co-ordinated development of leading biomass pre-treatment technologies for the generation of bio-products from Irish crops;
• Investigating the application, plant growth promotion and genetic potential of three endophytic pseudomonads for use in sustainable agriculture;
• Genome annotation and comparative genomics of three plant growth promotion endophytic isolates;
• The effect of ploughing systems, cultivation intensity and other applications on the microbiome associated with winter oilseed rape under Irish agronomy conditions;
• Assessment of the effectiveness and commercial potential of a novel Microbial Enhanced BioSwale (MEBS) system for the treatment of farmyard dirty water (FYDW);
• Optochemical detection strategies for heavy metals in water;
• The Lithium water project: Lithium presence in the Blackstairs region, Co. Carlow; • Development of a green waste management approach with potential application to the Irish tourist industry;
• Investigation on the interaction and compatibility between entomopathogenic nematodes and bacterial endophytes isolated from bioenergy crops;
• A gene/protein-based investigation of circadian clock connections to lifespan and diapause in insects;
• Plant parasitic nematode interactions with bacterial endophytes, and nematode diversity in bioenergy crops

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