Envirocore - Research & Enterprise

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.

Research themes include:
• Phyto, vermi, and microbial technologies for waste treatment
• Biomass production and biotransformations
• Environmental bioindicators, biosensors and biomarkers
• Environmental modelling and risk assessment.

Further enquiries

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


Institute of Technology Carlow Research Centres
Institute of Technology Carlow's strategic Centres of Research and Enterprise (COREs) are housed in the Dargan Centre. These are:
• Business and Humanities Research Centre
• designCORE – Research, design and innovation
• engCORE – Engineering, circuit and systems, the Intelligent Built Environment, and smart materials and mechanics
• enviroCORE – Innovative bio-environmental technology
• gameCORE– Advanced software and networks; gamification, ambient assisted living, big data and cyber security
• healthCORE – Connecting for wellbeing in health sciences.

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.

Research areas

Some 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
• Development of endophyte and rhizosphere enhanced Plant
Growth Promotion (PGPR) and phytoremediation systems -
colonisation dynamics, mechanisms and impacts
• Use of serum amyloid A as a biomarker in Environmental Science
• 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.

Enrolment and start dates

Postgraduate application procedure
Postgraduate applicants should refer to the Study/Postgraduate section of the website for more information:

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