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EngCORE - Engineering Research

EngCORE is the focal point for the research interests of IT Carlow’s Faculty of Engineering. EngCORE brings together researchers from a range of knowledge domains to create, advance, and disseminate new technologies through industry focused research. Key research themes are closely aligned to identified areas of national priority including:
• Smart Materials & Mechanics encompassing mechanical design, finite element analysis, 3D printing and material analysis;
• Circuits & Systems encompassing ASIC design, embedded systems & internet of things (IoT), electric machines and instrumentation;
• The Intelligent Built Environment encompassing soil mechanics, sustainable energy for the built environment, civil engineering and architectural design;

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

Dr Donnacha Lowney, BEng(Hons), MEng, PhD
Head of Department
T: 059-9175403
E: donnacha.lowney

Application date

View Application Weblink below

Research areas

Current Research Projects include:
- AVOID, a collision avoidance system for ground support equipment;
- Agitation and aeration of slurry waste systems;
- Low cost, low power digital to analogue converters;
- Additive Manufacturing technology to produce components with embedded sensing capability;
- Acoustic source localisation of autonomous robotic agents;
- Assistive living using brain computer interfaces;
- A low-cost wireless energy performance monitoring system for small buildings;
- Comparative study of the relative economics of energy production from lignocellulosic and grass biomass fuel in Ireland.

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