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Designcore - Research & Enterprise

DesignCORE supports design innovation within the SME sector in the region. The centre has also taken a lead role in building research and collaborative capacity between design educational providers nationally.

The designCORE research group is attached to the Department of Humanities. The centre is at the forefront of academic design-led thinking nationally. designCORE initiated the Product Design Research Ireland (PDRI) network and hosted a national symposium of leading researchers from across the university and IoT sector. This set out to scope national research capacity and activity within the discipline and to build a national enabling framework for design research collaboration. Proceeding from this initiative, Institute of Technology Carlow hosted a national Irish design research conference, co-funded by ID2015-Year of Irish Design in June 2015. The next biennial event will be late 2017.

designCORE is working to broaden its research, industry and agency collaborations to achieve the highest level of critical, creative, innovative academic and commercial impact.

Further enquiries

DesignCORE,
Institute of Technology Carlow,
Kilkenny Road,
Co. Carlow,
Ireland.
Tel: +353 (0) 599175343
email: designcore@itcarlow.ie

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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

Current research includes:
• Culture driven user/ consumer behavior;
• ATM security and user behavior;
• Design for Older Adults;
• Practice oriented learning in Design;
• Design Methodologies and Design Management;
• Design solutions and responses to climate change.

Enrolment and start dates

Postgraduate application procedure
Postgraduate applicants should refer to the Study/Postgraduate section of the website for more information: www.itcarlow.ie/study/postgraduate-rd.

Remember to mention gradireland when contacting institutions!