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 32 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. Email John Andy Bonar, VP for Research, Equality and External Affairs, 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

The following Research Masters opportunities are now available at LYIT for 2019/20.

Business:
- Case Studies of Female Entrepreneurs: evidence from Donegal Dr Isobel Cunningham
- Case Studies of Tourism Entrepreneurs: evidence from Donegal and Murcia Dr Simon Stephens
- Designing Support Systems for Creative Industry Entrepreneurs Dr Tena Patten
- Knowledge transfer in Irish food tourism networks: Adding value through trust based co-operation Conor McTiernan
- Retention : Experiential learning as a solution to addressing retention in Year One law students at LYIT Dr Deirdre McClay
- The use of reflection as a form of assessment – What are we assessing? Input, process or product? Brónagh Heverin
- Monitoring training load to understand fitness and fatigue in elite Gaelic  Footballers Rónán Doherty
- Energy expenditure of various exercise protocols using the Exoskeleton in Neurological Rehabilitation Dr Maria Faulkner
Computing:
- An Intelligent Information Hiding Approach in Digital Images Ms. Karen Bailey
- Designing a Blockchain Solution for the Food Industry Ms. Karen Bailey
- An investigation of Sentiment Analysis for Digital Wellbeing Dr. Nigel McKelvey
- Application of Wearable Technology to Measure Changes in Physical Activity and Quality of Life in Patients with COPD Undergoing Pulmonary Rehabilitation. Dr. James Connolly
Engineering:
- Design and development of low profile circularly polarised  pattern reconfigurable wearable antenna at 2.45 GHz for wireless body area network (WBAN) Dr. Nick Timmons
- Perceived performance implications of quality, environmental and health & safety certifications: does it increase effectiveness to have multiple integrated certifications? Dr. George Onofrei
Science:
- Electrochemical determination of cadmium and relevant metals in quinoa seeds Dr. Denis McCrudden
- Development of a scientific teaching package to explore chemistry and pharmaceutical concepts with hands-on laboratory experiment development for peer reviewed publication Dr. Robert Coyle
- Development of a antimonene doped graphene biosensor for the electrochemical detection of microRNA (miRNA) Dr. Garrett Farrell
- Developing an Irish alcohol consumption prevention program derived from the successful Dutch PAS program Dr. Grainne Ketelaar
- The biological effects of microalgae extracts on breast cancer cells Dr. Bill Scott
- The role of agriculture in carbon sequestration Gerard McDaid

Application Process

Informal enquiries on each project should be sent to the principal research supervisor. To apply for a Research Masters send your CV and cover letter via email to the relevant School below by noon 14 June. 

Candidates should hold or expect to hold at least an  Honours Degree in a relevant discipline

School Head of School Email Address Telephone Number
Business School of Business Schoolofbusiness.admin@lyit.ie 074 918 6201
Engineering Denis McFadden denis.mcfadden@lyit.ie 074 918 6402
Science/Computing Dr Gertie Taggart gertie.taggart@lyit.ie 074 918 6301

Academic Partnership PhD Opportunities

Any PhD opportunities at LYIT will be outlined here. Currently all PhD opportunities have been availed of at LYIT.