GameCORE - Research

Institute of Technology Carlow encourages academic excellence with a range of Postgraduate Research Fellowships which are offered annually to recent, appropriately qualified graduates. The Fellowship Programme attracts new researchers to a range of exciting and challenging research projects in dynamic environments under the supervision of successful and established principal investigators. All of the Research COREs (Centres of Research and Enterprise) and Research Centres that offer opportunities under the programme have demonstrated the real potential of these Fellowships to contribute to research excellence through challenging and original Masters research projects supported by excellent supervision.

Fellowship opportunities span the academic disciplines and include research opportunities within each of the listed research groups. Candidates with a first or upper second class honours degree are eligible to apply for project funding under this scheme.

Further enquiries

For further information, contact:
Dr Daire O'Broin

Application date

Application Process - Research Programmes
For more information and to apply for research opportunities,
scholarships and funding, please email:
Dr Brian Jackson
Head of Postgraduate Studies

Research areas

The gameCORE research centre conducts both pure and applied research with a focus on the areas of Games and Learning (including Games Based Learning and Gamification).

gameCORE has research interests in Ambient Assisted Living (AAL), Data Science, Network Management, AI/Machine Learning, and Cybersecurity.

It also has strong links with industry, and has been involved with numerous collaborations, largely funded by Enterprise Ireland and the Irish Research Council.

For further information, such as exploring the possibility of doing an MSc or PhD in these or related areas, visit

Current research includes:
• The effect of gamification of education on student engagement;

• Building habits with Gamification;

• Gaming in Corporate Learning Environments;

• Enhancing engagement in stress reduction Apps using game elements;

• Assistive living using brain computer interface;

• A study of ICT mediated communication in the training/ work environment with intellectually disabled persons;

• The utilisation of Big Data for the assessment of learning outcomes in a Serious Computer Games context.

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