Postgraduate Research Opportunities

Research Degrees at LYIT

LYIT 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. 

For more information on our Research Themes and Areas, OR if you are a Business/Individual with research ideas or proposals for discussion please contact

Research Degree Vacancies at LYIT 2021/22

Masters by Research

This full-time scholarship provides a stipend of €10,000 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)
M.13   Best practice in the creation of authentic and creative cellar-door visitor experiences in the Irish craft beverage tourism sector. Dr Conor McTiernan, Dr Elizabeth Mckenzie

Application Process

To apply for one of our Masters by Research projects, please send your CV and cover letter to the by 5:00pm, Monday 15th November. Candidates should hold or expect to hold at least an Honours Degree in a relevant discipline and meet the institutes English Language requirements (minimum IELTS Level 7)

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

Additional information for International Students can be found here.

Why Choose LYIT?

Letterkenny Institute of Technology (LYIT) 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 LYIT, particularly in the progression towards Technological University designation with our partners IT Sligo and GMIT. LYIT fosters close relationships with the wider local community, and the ongoing research by LYIT contributes to the knowledge economy and innovation base in the North-West. Furthermore, LYIT 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.

LYIT’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.

LYIT’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.