Postgraduate Research Opportunities

Research Degrees at LYIT

Research-OpportunitiesLYIT offers Research Masters and Doctoral Degrees in a partnership between the Schools of Business, Engineering, Science and Tourism and the Development Office.

LYIT currently has 20 registered Research Degree students in the disciplines of:

  • Business
  • Computing
  • Science

Funding of Research Degree programmes is through:

  • External research grant/bursary
  • LYIT Seed Funding
  • Industry funding 
  • Self funding. 

Businesses and individuals with research ideas are encouraged to come forward with proposals for discussion with the Development Office. E-mail John Andy Bonar, Head of Development here.

LYIT Seed Funded Research Masters Programme

This programme involves the provision of advanced research training for highly skilled graduates leading to the award of a Masters Degree by Research. A central component of the Research Degree programme at LYIT involves the completion of LYIT's customised Level 9 Certificate in Research Practice. These projects are primarily undertaken in collaboration with industry partners.  A Research Masters Degree is typically of two years (full-time) or three years (part-time) duration.

Research Degree Programmes at LYIT, 2019/20

A list of all research degree programmes on offer at LYIT for 2019/20 will be listed here in the spring/summer of 2019.

Application Process

To apply for a Research Masters or a PhD programme please download the following application form: Admission to Research Masters Degree Register 

Applications should be completed and submitted to the relevant Head of School. In the instance of the School of Business please submit applications to

Please return the completed application form to the relevant Head of School:

School Head of School E-mail Address Telephone Number
Business Michael Margey 074 918 6201
Engineering Denis McFadden 074 918 6402
Science Dr Gertie Taggart 074 918 6301
Tourism Dr Seán Duffy 074 918 6602

Academic Partnership PhD Opportunities

The Bryden Centre is an industrial doctoral research centre focusing on Marine Renewable Energy and Bio-Energy. It is a cross border “virtual centre of competence” that will support industry-led collaborative research on an interregional basis. The Centre is funded by the EU’s INTERREG VA and managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB). The Centre was established in June 2017 following an award of €9.3 million and involves 5 Higher Education Institutions (including LYIT) and 2 Local Authorities. Queen’s University are the project leaders. The Bryden Centre aims to promote economic, social and territorial cohesion across the Border Region of Ireland, Northern Ireland and Western Scotland. The Centre will recruit 34 PhD students and 6 Post Doctoral Researchers across the Marine and Bio-energy disciplines, each of whom will work with industry to produce industrially relevant research with the potential for commercial exploitation and resulting economic growth within the region. Further information about the Bryden Centre can be found on our website

LYIT currently have 4 PhD Opportunities available. For information on these please view below table. If you wish to apply, please click here

Project Title  Detail on Project  Application Deadline  Relevant Contact 
Regional Geochemical Provenance of feedstock: Investigation of Geo-genic influence on anaerobic digestion Click here for more detail  31 October 2018 Dr Jennifer McKinley or Marian Kerr 
Remote image analysis for resource assessment of tidal energy sites Click here for more detail  31 October 2018 Dr Gerry Hamill or Marian Kerr 
Decision Support tool for optimal sequencing of installation operations for an offshire wind farm Click here for more detail  31 October 2018 Prof Adrian Murphy or Marian Kerr
Assessing the influence of inflow characteristics on tidal turbines Click here for more detail  31 October 2018 Prof Trevor Whittaker or Marian Kerr