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Research Programmes

IT Tralee has successfully built a strong research capability with a distinctive multidisciplinary approach that has earned the Institute an international reputation. The Institute has prioritised research areas that align with Irish and European research priority areas (Irish Government's National Research Priority Areas 2018 to 2023 and European Commission's Strategy on Research and Innovation).

Linked to our three schools, IT Tralee hosts three research centres of scale Shannon Applied Biotechnology Centre (Shannon ABC) and the IMaR Research Centre (both co-funded under the Enterprise Ireland Technology Gateway programme), and the UNESCO Chair research centre in the area of 'Transforming the Lives of People with Disabilities, their Families and Communities, through Physical Education, Sport, Recreation and Fitness'.

In addition, across our three schools, a number of research groups exist e.g. the Centre for Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Development (CEED) and the Irish Academy of Hospitality and Tourism (IAHT). New research groups and alliances are emerging where staff are working jointly together across departments and schools and developing advanced competencies in multidisciplinary areas of research. Our research successes to date are attributed to the talents and efforts of our dynamic research community and the strengths of their collaborations and alliances with leading international universities, research institutes, and industrial and societal partners.

Subject areas available for master and PhD research degrees are usually determined by the current research activities of the particular school or department. If you are interested in pursuing a postgraduate education through research at IT Tralee please contact the relevant Head of Department or the Head of Research for further information.

Further enquiries

For more general information on postgraduate opportunities, current research being undertaken at IT, Tralee, application process and fees, please contact:

Ms. Lucy Fitzell,
Admissions Officer,

Ms. Mary Stritch,
Lifelong Learning Co-ordinator,

Research areas

Subject areas available for a postgraduate research degree are usually determined by the current research activities of the particular school or department.

If you are interested in pursuing further study, please contact the relevant head of department or the head of research for further information:

Dr. Siobhan McSweeney,
Head of Research

Ms. Mary Rose Stafford,
Head of Department of Hotel, Culinary Arts and Tourism

Ms. Brigid Crowley,
Head of Departments of Creative Media and Information Technology and Computing

Mr. Ray O'Connor Desmond,
Head of Department of Business

Dr. Seamus O Shea,
Head of School,
Health and Social Sciences

Dr. Michael Hall,
Head of Dept of Health and Leisure Studies

Ms. Gerardina Harnett,
Head of Dept of Nursing and Health Care Sciences

Ms. Aisling Sharkey
Head of Department of Social Sciences

Prof. Joseph Walsh
Head of School
Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

Dr. Patrick Carney,
Head of Department of Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

Dr. Noel Mulligan,
Head of Dept of Biological and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Enrolment and start dates

Apply directly to IT Tralee.

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