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DesignCORE - Research & Enterprise (CORES)

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 at the forefront of academic design-led thinking nationally and IT Carlow’s leadership contribution to emerging knowledge and practice within the discipline is acknowledged. In June of 2014, 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, IT Carlow hosted a national Irish Design Research Conference, co-funded by ID2015-Year of Irish Design in June 2015. It is intended that this should be a biennial event.

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

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.

Duration

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

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

Application date

View Application Weblink below.

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.

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