Postgraduate

Postgraduate opportunities available at IT Carlow

Institute of Technology Carlow has a range of high quality postgraduate programmes that offer suitably qualified primary degree holders (NFQ level 8) exciting opportunities to progress to higher awards (Higher Diploma, Masters and Doctoral degrees). These opportunities may be undertaken by research and thesis, or through taught programmes. Programmes are available in full-time and/or part-time modes across our three main campuses in Carlow, Wexford and Wicklow. 

Higher Diplomas (NFQ Level 8-60 credits) and Postgraduate Diplomas (NFQ Level 9-60 credits)

Entry requirements for Postgraduate Diplomas are typically the same as for the Masters programme but are completed at NFQ Level 9 and require completion of just 60 credits. Students undertake the same subjects as Masters students in that stream until they complete their diploma. Postgraduate Diplomas are also offered as an exit award, should a student leave their Masters programme prior to completion.

Masters Degree (NFQ Level 9)

Institute of Technology Carlow offers two types of Masters degree programme: taught Masters programmes and research Masters programmes.

The taught Masters degree is awarded following the completion of a programme of one to two years duration (typically 90 ECTS credits). Entry to a taught programme leading to a Masters award is typically for holders of Honours Bachelor degrees. In certain circumstances, entry to such programmes may be considered for holders of Ordinary Bachelor Degrees or equivalent.

Research Masters Degree programmes are typically of two years duration (typically 90 ECTS credits) where learners undertake a substantial piece of research. The project is carried out under the guidance of an experienced supervisor. Learning outcomes at this level relate to the demonstration of knowledge and understanding at the forefront of a field of learning.  Outcomes relate to the application of knowledge, understanding and problem solving abilities in new or unfamiliar contexts related to the field of study. The outcomes are associated with an ability to integrate knowledge, handle complexity and formulate judgements.

An Irish Masters Degree is compatible with completion of the Bologna Second Cycle. 

PhD or Doctoral Degree (NFQ Level 10)

A PhD (NFQ Level 10) or doctoral programme should take from three to four years (full-time) to complete. ECTS credits are used in doctoral programmes for taught elements only. Learning outcomes at this level relate to the discovery and development of new knowledge and skills and delivering findings at the frontiers of knowledge and application. Further outcomes at this level relate to specialist skills and transferable skills required for managing, such as the ability to critique   and develop organisational structure and initiate change. Postgraduate students may have to pass a series of examinations and/or assessments in order to progress through their course and may be required to attend for interview as part of the application process.

The Irish Doctoral Degree is compatible with completion of the Bologna Third Cycle.

As all courses have their own entry requirements, please refer to the individual programme pages on our website for further information. You can now apply for all of our taught postgraduate programmes online through the postgraduate application system on www.pac.ie