Postgraduate Research Opportunities

Research Degrees at ATU Donegal

ATU Donegal offers Research Postgraduate opportunities at Level 9 (Masters) in the disciplines of Business, Science, Computing and Engineering and Level 10 (PhD) in Computing and Level 10 (PhD) Science.

Postgraduate Research is carried out in partnership between the Faculty of Business, the Faculty of Science and Health the Faculty of Engineering and Technology and the Research and Innovation Office.

Funding of Research Degree programmes is through:


  • External research grant/bursary
  • Project funding 
  • Industry funding 
  • Self funding. 

If you would like to express an interest in undertaking a postgraduate research degree at ATU Donegal please complete the following form.

Research Degree Vacancies at ATU Donegal 2022/23

The following Full-Time postgraduate research degree opportunities are now available at ATU Donegal for 2022/2023.

Masters by Research: This Full-Time scholarship provides a stipend of €15,000 p.a. with an additional budget for materials and travel and a waiver of tuition fees for up to 2 years.

Ref Project Title Project Supervisor(s)

Faculty of Engineering & Technology

MR.7    Application and Evaluation of Cloud Security Posture Management (SCPM) Dr William Farrelly, Martina Quinn
MR.22    Mobile Plant Electric Track Drives Dr Charles Young , David Gibson

Faculty of Science & Health

MR.8    Development of automated methods for detection of trace levels of heavy metals in environmental samples Dr Denis McCrudden, Martin Bradley
MR.23    The impact of Social Farming placement(s) on an individual’s occupational functioning and quality of life. Dr Louise McBride, Dr Gail Cummins

Faculty of Business

MR.16    Investigating the integration of apprenticeships in Higher Education Institutes in Ireland Dr Sarah DiffleyDr Vicky O’Rourke

Application Process

To apply for one of our Masters by Research projects, please include the project reference in the subject of your email and send your CV and cover letter to the by 5:00pm, Friday 9th September. Candidates should hold or expect to hold at least an Honours Degree in a relevant discipline and meet the University’s English Language requirements (minimum IELTS Level 6.5 or equivalent)

For more information on our Taught Postgraduate Courses please click here.

Additional information for International Students can be found here. Please ensure that you use the Project Reference Number in the subject of the E-mail.

Why Choose ATU Donegal?

ATU Donegal fosters one of the most progressive learning environments in Ireland, making it an attractive choice for many graduates wishing to further their education. Research is a key strategic priority of ATU Donegal. ATU Donegal fosters close relationships with the wider local community, and the ongoing research by ATU Donegal contributes to the knowledge economy and innovation base in the North-West. Furthermore, ATU Donegal has developed extensive collaborations with leading industrial and academic partners both Nationally and across Europe. Such connections offer postgraduates the opportunity to build valuable professional relationships beyond graduation.

ATU Donegal's dynamic research environment is spread across the disciplines of Business, Science, Computing and Engineering with over 60 registered Postgraduate Research Students. Recent development has seen the opening of The William C Campbell Research Suite; a research centre which provides dedicated accommodation for research students including desk space for 60 students, meeting rooms, and conference facilities. This facility is based in the CoLab, an innovation centre with a community of entrepreneurs and a culture of collaboration, and which is also home to the WiSAR Technology Gateway.

ATU Donegal’s multidisciplinary research community provides postgraduate students with the environment and connections needed to conduct their research to the highest of standards. Students will gain the necessary skills and information to undertake their own innovative research, with guidance from top academic supervisors, so that they may pursue their own successful careers in research, academia, or their chosen industry. Overall, postgraduate students are supported in an institution where research is celebrated and diversity, inclusion and equality form the daily fabric of student and staff life.