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 2023

Please see below PhD opportunity is currently available at ATU Donegal:

Project Title

Project Supervisors

Evaluation of the therapeutic potential of microRNAs (miRNAs) for diabetes and related metabolic disorders

Dr Andrew McCloskey, Prof Neville McClenaghan

For more information on the project please go to the following Find a PhD link or contact the project supervisor Dr. Andrew McCloskey at

Application Process

Interested applicants are required to read the terms & conditions, complete an application form (both available on the research page that will include (in a single document):

  • Curriculum Vitae (to include 2 referees)
  • A copy of transcript of results.
  • Proof of English language competency, if English is not the native language.
  • A cover letter outlining personal motivation to pursue a PhD and how you meet the requirements of the position.

Completed applications should be submitted to the Research office, Atlantic Technological University Sligo Campus

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.