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Postgraduate Handbook Living. Learning. Growing. Be part of it!




School of Business & Humanities

A Panoramic View


Business and Humanities Programmes

Sustainability at DkIT


Transport to DkIT


School of Informatics and Creative Arts

Postgraduate Study


Computing, Music and Creative Media Programmes

Research at DkIT


Regional Development Centre


School of Health & Science



Health & Science Programmes

IT Services


How to Apply


Dundalk Institute of Technology is not responsible for,

and shall not be bound by errors in, or omissions




School of Engineering Engineering Programmes


Campus Guide


Institute Personnel


from this publication.

Welcome Dear Student


Life at college is not only about studying, but also about your personal development through participation in a

This handbook sets out the very broad range of postgraduate programmes and career options that await you here at Dundalk Institute of Technology. Should you choose to study here, you will be joining the DkIT community at a very exciting time in its development. A great deal of progress has been undertaken over the past five years to build a campus that we can all be proud of and this year the Institute has completed a €38 million

vibrant student community. While studying at DkIT you will also have opportunities to participate in many sports, clubs, societies and enjoy a lively social life. As well as looking after your academic needs, the Institute also provides a range of support services including a medical unit, a careers service, a counselling service and chaplaincy service, an access service and on-campus accommodation. I do hope that Dundalk Institute of Technology is for you!

redevelopment of the PJ Carroll building for the School of Informatics and Creative Arts.Over the coming years we will continue to build on the infrastructure and facilities on the campus so that your learning experience, while you are here with us, is the best that it possibly can be. Denis Cummins, M.Sc., President activity in both taught and research areas and in doing this we have put in place a number of additional supports for postgraduate students. DkIT’s research is focused on four thematic areas: Renewable Energy & Environment; Software Technology; Ageing & Health and Entrepreneurship & Innovation. These thematic areas will in future converge on Sustainable Living.

Denis Cum mins, M.Sc. , President

The Institute’s strategy has been to grow its postgraduate

Dundalk Institute of Technology Campus

Regional Development Centre


Engineering & Science

Whitaker Theatre & Library

School of Business & Humanities

Hospitality Building

School of Health & Science


A Panoramic View

Blackbox Theatre

School of Informatics & Creative Arts


Student Accommodation

Sustainability at DkIT DkIT is recognised for its commitment to Sustainability and

CANDI Initiative (Computer-Automated-Nightly-

this theme will become increasingly present in our

Shutdown). PCs on campus are shut down every night at

programmes, on the campus and in our research.

10pm, resulting in a 60% reduction in energy

DkIT is already well advanced in promoting the social,

power, but also extends the useful life of each pc,

environmental and economic aspects of Sustainable

thereby reducing the equipment replacement costs and

Development. Initiatives include:

DkIT’s carbon footprint;

consumption. The automatic shutoff not only saves

DkIT’s support for increasing access and participation in education;

900 tonnes of CO2 emission every year; Integration of an Ice Bank into the newly renovated Carroll Building, which reduces the need for expensive air conditioning and cooling; •

Extensive Recycling programme (paper, cardboard, floppy disks, aluminium cans, plastic bottles, glass, copper pipe and copper wire, steel, printer cartridges, batteries, and cooking oil). The Institute recycles 43% waste, 39% dry recyclables, and 18% compost;

Use of Fair Trade tea and coffee;

Growing-Food-on-Campus initiative;

Promotion of Green Transport;


Sustainability such as IKEA and Marks & Spencer;

Our support for education in the Developing World;

At DkIT you will get to be part of sustainability in action

Wind-energy generation; Already 60% of electricity is generated from the Institute Wind Turbine, saving about

Guest Speakers from leading business practitioners of

Our promotion of learning and learner-centred pedagogies in teaching and research programmes;

and will have an opportunity to develop your knowledge and skills in this area.


Transport to DkIT Dundalk Institute of Technology . . . right up your street! •

40 minute drive from Dublin Airport

85km from the city of Belfast

50 minutes by rail from Dublin (Connolly Station) – 13

Daily return bus services to the Institute also operate from the following routes: Route 1

Moynalty, Kells, Navan, Wilkinstown, Castletown, DkIT

Route 2

Bailieborough, Kingscourt, Kilmainamwood, Nobber, Drumconrath, DkIT

Route 3

Trim, Navan, Slane, Collon, DkIT

Route 4

Clonee, Dunboyne, Dunshaughlin, Ashbourne, Ratoath, Duleek, DkIT

Route 5

Kingscourt, Corduff, Carrickmacross, DkIT

trains daily •

60 minutes to Dublin with Matthews Coaches and Bus Eireann


Destination Northeast


Postgraduate Study School of Business and Humanities School of Informatics and Creative Arts

School of Health and Science

School of Engineering

New directions are emerging in postgraduate studies with an increasing number of taught and research-based postgraduate programmes now available. Our taught Masters degrees and graduate Diplomas are

Wide choice of programmes with flexible modes of delivery;

High levels of peer support and intensive staff engagement;

Wide range of academic and non-academic supports;

Excellent Library and IT facilities;

Affordable cost of living in accommodation on campus;

Safe, student-friendly campus, with a growing international

typically full-time over one year, with opportunities in some instances to take a programme over two years on a part-time basis.

student body; As a postgraduate student here at DkIT, you will enjoy the many benefits that the Institute and its surroundings have to offer:


First-class transport connections to Dundalk.


Research at DkIT During the past decade the Institute has witnessed

Academic Research Centres include:

unparalleled growth in its research activity. The number of registered graduate research students has risen by 250%

since 2003, research funding secured since 2004 has risen to over €30M, with a quarter of that being focused on the

Smooth Muscle Research Centre (

Centre for Community and Social Innovation

now seven Research Centres and four Research Groups on

Centre for Music Research “Ionad Taighde Ceoil”

campus, who carry out research of a translational nature,

Centre for Renewable Energy (

National Centre for Freshwater Studies

Institute’s research commercialisation activities. There are

which impacts upon both the economy and society. Prioritised themes of activity include; Ageing and Health,


Renewable Energy and the Environment, Software Engineering and Sensor Technology, Creative Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities, and Entrepreneurship and Enterprise. Graduate Education up to only recently was done

Netwell Centre (

Software Technology Research Centre (

on an ad hoc basis through the individual research supervisors, whereas now the establishment of structured

Enterprise Ireland funded Applied Research

PhD’s is well underway with the development of both

Enhancement Centres include:

generic and project-specific skills sets for all researchers. In addition the portfolio of strategic research collaborations has

grown substantially encompassing regional, cross-border,

Centre for Affective Solutions for Ambient Living Awareness (

national and international partners from both the public and private sectors. The Institute’s Academic Research Centres, Groups and Applied Research Enhancement Centres (ARE) are the principal drivers of the research agenda within the Institute.


Ion Channel Biotechnology Centre (

Research Groups include: •

Electrochemistry Research Group

Organic Research Group

Creative Media Research Group

Regulated Software Research Group


The majority of these centres and groups offer research

development of these 4th-level researchers, the Registrar’s

degrees up to both Level 9 (Masters) and Level 10

and Research Offices are developing many of the

(Doctorate). All the Research Centres and Groups are

elements of a Structured PhD throughout its graduate

embedded within the academic schools where a strong

research programmes.

research-teaching linkage is maintained at both 3rd and 4th level, thereby enhancing the undergraduate experience.

Key aspects of undertaking a PhD within the Institute include:

Fourth Level Education – Levels 9 and 10 The Development of the Structured Fourth Level Ph.D.

Programme is a relatively new concept in Ireland and is being driven through both the University sector, through the IUA, and through the Institutes of Technology sector. The

PhD students overseen by Registrar’s Office •

Institutional induction programme available to all For Further Information on the Institute’s Research and Graduate Education activities contact:

PhD students

importance of Ireland generating a “world class 4th level sector”. Since then there have been various national

All PhD students have a supervisory team with one lead supervisor

OECD Review of Higher Education 1 and the 2005 Irish Universities report 2 on 4th-level education highlighted the

Admission, monitoring, examination and graduation of

Formal monitoring of students’ progress, with

initiatives from some of Ireland’s major research funding

established formal progression criteria, by School

bodies to address the development of a “Structured PhD

Programme Board and Registrar’s Office

The Research Office DkIT

Programme” within Ireland’s Higher Education Authorities. •

students through their respective Research Centres

research student numbers can be directly attributed to the •

A range of Generic Transferable Skills Modules available

and their immediate impact upon the Institute’s research

through the Library and through the SIF funded Research

activities. At present 59% of all research postgraduate

Alliance for the Institutes of Technology Sector

students reside within these Centres, thereby carrying out research which underpins the Institute’s prioritised research areas. It is envisaged that this will continue to be the case

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progressively developed for a percentage of the PhD

The impressive growth in the Institute’s postgraduate establishment of the seven Institutional Research Centres

Formalised Subject Specific Training Modules have been

Dr. Tim McCormac Head of Research

Institutional Workshops on research skills, research ethics, intellectual property by external experts.

with a projected strategic target of 100 registered postgraduate researchers by 2014. To underpin the career 1 OECD Review of Higher Education in Ireland 2004 2 Irish Universities Association Report – Reform of 3rd Level and the Creation of 4th Level Ireland, 2005

Regional Development Centre Established in 1989 by Dundalk Institute of Technology, the Regional Development Centre acts as the Institute’s Innovation Support and Technology Transfer organisation making available the expertise, facilities and resources of the Institute for the wider benefit of the regional economy.

The Centre achieves this through the following range of programmes and activities:

Networking with Agencies and Organisations at Regional, National and International Level

The Centre provides both on-and off-campus-based •

Research & Development and Technology Transfer

Entrepreneurial Development Programmes

technology or knowledge-based businesses in their early

Incubation Facilities for Knowledge and Technology-Based Enterprises

Regional Development Centre are located just 40 minutes

Applied Research with industry.

at Millmount, Drogheda. The Centre also provides a range of

Sectoral and Regional Development Initiatives in the

entrepreneurial development programmes.

incubation facilities to accommodate new or start up developmental phases. The on-campus facilities at the North of Dublin Airport with off-campus incubator facilities

areas of innovation for SMEs (Small-Medium Sized Enterprises), succession planning for family owned business and digital media •

Spearheading and Supporting EU and Cross Border Development Initiatives


Regional Development Centre


Novation Enterprise Platform Programme (NEPP)

Since 2001 almost 100 entrepreneurs have participated on

The Novation Enterprise Platform Programme (NEPP) is an

the Programme and some have gone on to become

intensive programme of supports for graduate entrepreneurs

household names such as Digiweb or Smarthomes. Others are

with an innovative business idea in the knowledge-based,

major players in their respective industries such as Armac

high technology, renewable energy or IT sectors.

Systems and Redmere. Participant businesses had a combined annual turnover exceeding €27 million in 2008 and raised

The main objective of the programme is to develop the

over €39 million in venture capital funds. NEPP participants

commercial and job creation potential of participant

have won either national or regional awards in InterTrade

businesses. The programme delivers comprehensive training

Ireland’s Seedcorn Competition in 2004, 2005, 2006

and practical supports to equip participants to successfully

and 2008.

start-up, manage and grow a new business.

Accelerating Campus Entrepreneurship (ACE) The Accelerating Campus Entrepreneurship (ACE) Initiative is a joint collaboration of Institute of Technology Blanchardstown, Cork Institute of Technology, Institute of Technology Sligo and National University of Ireland Galway and is led by Dundalk Institute of Technology through the Regional Development Centre and supported through the HEA’s Strategic Innovation Fund. This project seeks, through a collaborative approach, to create entrepreneurial graduates. This not only requires embedding entrepreneurship education into existing non-business programmes but effecting organisational change within and between the institutions to reflect entrepreneurial processes involving collaboration between the academic Schools and Departments, Incubation and Technology Transfer Offices. It provides innovative approaches to entrepreneurship education to ensure students from non-business programmes take enterprise related modules with the student gaining experience of what it is like to run and operate real businesses and in this way promoting self-employment as a real, attractive and viable career option (

Regional Development Centre Success Through Succession (STS) The Success Through Succession Programme (STS) is a unique

Both the STS and ICE programmes are part-financed by the

programme specifically designed to strategically assist second

EU INTERREG IVA Programme managed by the Special EU

and third generation family-owned businesses to move

Programmes Body and are joint collaborations of Dundalk

through succession issues. Offering a pyschology-focused

Institute of Technology, University of Ulster, Glasgow

approach to help address family business issues, the project

Caledonian University and University of Glasgow. Both

provides applicants with in-house mentoring and support for

programmes are aimed at supporting companies based in the

succession planning.

six southern border counties of Ireland, Northern Ireland and Western Scotland.

Innovation for Competitive Enterprises Programme (ICE)

The Regional Development Centre also spearheads the

The Innovation for Competitive Enterprises Programme (ICE)

growth and development of the digital media sector in the

( is an immersive, hands-on,

North East and cross-border area in the areas of film,

in-company innovation support programme for SMEs. The

animation, gaming, television and video production and

programme aims to develop the innovation capacity and

music technology (

capability of SMEs and is focused at ultimately improving their competitiveness through the commercialisation of new ideas, products and processes.

Further Information Industrial Services Office Regional Development Centre Dundalk Institute of Technology

t + 353 42 9370403 e w




DkIT Library plays a central role in the academic life of the Institute. It provides learning support, access to information and services and a variety of study spaces. Access to the library is available once you register with the Institute. Your Student ID card is also your library card; please ensure you have your card with you when you use the library. See our web pages at for: •

information on services and facilities

When you need materials that are not available through our

See the Library Code of Conduct

collection you can contact the Inter Library Loans (ILL) service


to source them for you from other libraries. See our web

for regulations concerning the appropriate use of services

pages or enquire at the Information Desk or Issue Desk for

and facilities.

access to online resources

access to your Library Account

details of Information Skills tutorials that will help you use

The Library is zoned to provide a choice of study spaces.

the Library more effectively

All open plan areas, except the designated Group Study

details of this service. We look forward to working with you!

space, are for individual, quiet study. Rooms are available for group work.

Ms Lorna O’Connor Institute Librarian

Term -Time Opening Hours Monday - Thursday

8.30am - 9.00pm


8.30am - 5.00pm


10.00am - 4.00pm



IT Services We provide a state-of-the-art IT service for students on campus. A web email service is available to all students registering at the Institute at We have 110 public access PCs available in the library area for students to use. A printing service is available for students, allowing users to print documents from a central print service to any printer of choice using the ‘follow me’ printing system. We have a wireless service (15 nodes) to allow students with laptops to access the internet at For more information on these services an more check out our website


How to Apply Postgraduate Studies


have achieved outstanding merit in a specialist artistic field as evidenced by

Postgraduate study can be undertaken though study on a taught Master’s programme or by

an accumulated body of published/performed work, a scholarly approach to

research, initially at Master’s level and subsequently at PhD level.

their subject area, and significant national and/or international reputation and this standard to be assessed by the Programme Board.

Postgraduate study is challenging, but the rewards are many and include advanced academic achievement, increased career opportunities and personal satisfaction on many levels.

Candidates may register for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) once a satisfactory period of enrolment at Master’s level is completed, and provided the research project is

Research Degrees

suitable for research at doctoral level. Candidates must submit a detailed written proposal at

Dundalk Institute of Technology offers outstanding students the opportunity to pursue

the time of application. Candidates are therefore advised to get in touch with the relevant

advanced research leading to Masters or PhD qualifications.

department or Research Centre to discuss their research interests in advance of making an application. This will ensure that the Institute can provide appropriate supervision, resources

Research opportunities exist across the Institute’s four Schools, but fall predominantly into

and facilities to support the research project.

the following thematic areas: Application forms can be obtained from •

Ageing and Health

The Admissions Office

Energy and the Environment

Dundalk Institute of Technology

Software Engineering and Sensor Technology

Creative Arts

Entrepreneurship and Enterprise

Social Sciences and Humanities

Dublin Road, Dundalk Co. Louth t

+353 42 937 0230


Alternatively, admission forms can be obtained from the Institute website on: Scholarships and Grants

Entry Requirements

As the postgraduate research programmes at the Institute are generally applied to

Applications will be considered from candidates who:

industry, community and technology, there may be funding available from some of the

hold an NQAI Level 8 award, or equivalent (at minimum Second Class Honours, Grade 2 level) in an area of study cognate to the proposed study area, or

hold such other qualifications as may be acceptable to the Programme Board for the purposes of proceeding to a specific Master Degree, or

following sources: •

EU Sixth Framework programmes;

Health Research Board;

Technological Sector Research programme funded by the Dept. of Ed. and Science;

Irish Research Council for Humanities and Social Sciences;


Enterprise Ireland’s research programmes;

Industry Partners;


Irish Research Council for Science, Engineering and Technology.

Non-EU students Students who are not EU citizens should apply for postgraduate programmes to: International Office Dundalk Institute of Technology Dublin Road Dundalk County Louth Ireland

Funding opportunities that may arise from time to time will be advertised. To find out more


+353 42 9370350

about the Institute’s research opportunities and funding, visit



Studentships Dundalk Institute of Technology may be able to award Lecturing Studentships to students engaged in postgraduate research studies. Carrying out lecturing duties may qualify research students for an exemption of fees. Students will need to check with the relevant department to which they are attached for their research studies. Students who qualified for local authority or VEC grants for their undergraduate studies should continue to apply for a grant for postgraduate study. International Application Candidates holding foreign academic qualifications must submit certified copies of all relevant qualifications held to date at the time of application and demonstrate a minimum proficiency in English at 6.5 on the IELTS scale, or TOEIC score 750, or equivalent, in order to ensure that there is no language barrier between research learner and supervisor, which might hinder the research activity at the outset and that the learner is capable of providing written work, as and when required.


School of Business and Humanities


Business and Humanities Programmes

Mr. Cathal Kearney Head of School of Business and Humanities


Master of Business Studies in Entrepreneurship and Marketing (taught programme)


Executive M.B.A (Master of Business Administration) (taught programme)


Master of Arts in Acounting (taught programme)


Higher Diploma in Business in Small Enterprise Support (taught programme)


Master of Arts in Cultural Innovation for the Arts (taught programme)


Master of Arts in Learning and Teaching (taught programme)


Master of Arts in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) (taught programme) Mr. Shane Hill Head of Department of Management & Financial Studies

Dr. David Getty Head of Department of Humanities

Ms. Brianรกin Erraught Head of Section of Hospitality Studies


Master of Business Studies in Entrepreneurship and Marketing (taught programme) About This Programme

Learning Outcomes


The aim of this Master of Business Studies taught programme is to produce graduates with the theory, practice and research capability for employment as managers in a broad range of industry sectors, with a specific specialism in the areas of Entrepreneurship and Marketing. Graduates should also be capable of pursuing further studies to Ph.D level.

Through the completion of this programme, students are expected to acquire the following abilities and aptitudes:

The programme will run on a full-time basis from September to August. The period of structured tuition is September to May (2 semesters), with the dissertation submitted in August.

Apply theory to practical business situations;

Critically reflect on the application of such theory;

• •

Objectives of the Programme • •


To significantly advance students' knowledge of the theory and practice of general business principles; To develop in students an expertise in Entrepreneurship and Marketing; To deepen students' understanding of the economic environment on a global scale; To develop students' core business-management skills and competencies.

Conduct high-level research and analyse its findings; Diagnose problems and recommend appropriate changes; Lead and manage the implementation of changes within an organisation; Evaluate the impact of the changes implemented and suggest amendments.

Content Semester 1 • Induction Workshop

Applicants must have a recognised honours degree, normally a 2:2 or higher, in Business, Marketing, or in a related discipline.

It is anticipated that students completing this programme will be able to pursue employment opportunities in enterprise support (in State agencies, banks, accountancy firms, etc.), new business/product development, R&D departments of large multinationals, marketing, and international marketing, as well as a variety of other areas at management level across a wide range of industry sectors.

Business Strategy*

Entrepreneurship & Economic Development

Systematic Innovation & Intrapreneurship

Strategic Brand Management

How to Apply

New Venture Finance

Research Methods

Those interested in applying should obtain the relevant application form from the School of Business and return it to the MBS Admissions Office, School of Business Studies at DkIT, as soon as possible.

Semester 2 • Dissertation**

Entry Requirements

Employment Potential for Graduates

Change Management

Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice

Marketing for New Product Development

Applied SME Strategic Business Management

* A week-long intensive module, jointly run in conjunction with Heilbronn University, Germany. ** Dissertation: Students will be required to complete a research-based dissertation of around 20,000 words.

Fees €5,500 (EU) €11,700 (Non-EU) Note: While all eligible students may apply, places are limited, and offers will be made on the basis of academic results, plus an interview.

Further Information Ms. Maeve McArdle Course Director School of Business and Humanities and Centre for Entrepreneurship Research Dundalk Institute of Technology Dundalk Co Louth t 042 9370399 e w

Executive M.B.A (Master of Business Administration)


(taught programme) About this Programme The aim of the programme Is to provide participants with a broad general management perspective and a strategic approach to business in today’s competitive global environment. Students will gain a knowledge and understanding of management concepts, theories and techniques and will acquire the ability to apply management techniques in identifying, analysing and solving business problems. There will be a focus on enhancing communications and interpersonal skills and on the applications and strategic implications of information technology.

Entry Requirements Applicants should normally have an honours degree, or equivalent standard in a professional qualification, with at least 5 years relevant work experience. Candidates who cannot show evidence of competency in computing will be required to take a pre-entrance module in this

discipline. Progression to each successive year requires a Pass in all subjects in the previous year.

Year 1 Semester 1 • Residential 1: Introduction & Team Building •

Economics – Environment & Policy

Marketing Management

Management Theory

Managing Finance and Accounts

Duration The programme is part-time and extends over 2 years. There is a residential module in both year 1 and year 2.

Learning Methods The programme maintains a balance between theoretical inputs and practical applications. Participants study a variety of theories, concepts and models, which enable them to examine real life problems and experiences from different perspectives. Although lectures will provide the main teaching method, a vigorous student -centred active learning process will be sustained through class discussion, computer-based exercises, residential case-studies and group and individual presentations.

Semester 2 • Operations and Supply Chain Management •

Managing People

Legal and Regulatory Framework for Business

Research Methods

Year 2 Semester 1 • International Business •

Strategic Sales & Export Development

Managing the Digital Firm

Innovation & Change Management*

Assessment Coursework and examinations will be the main assessment instruments.

* A week-long residency in Babson College, Boston ** Dissertation: Students will be required to complete a research-based dissertation of around 15,000 words.

Semester 2 • Business Analysis and Strategy

Fees €14,200 (EU and Non-EU)

Corporate Financial Strategy

Residential 2: Entrepreneurship & Corporate Leadership*

Note: Fees stated do not include travel and accommodation costs associated with International Residential in Babson College, Boston in Year 2.

Research Dissertation**

(Stage 1, €7,100. Stage 2, €7,100)

Programme Design The course is structured on a modular basis. Managerial work is characterised by choice, flexibility and contextual constraints, and during the final year all these elements are integrated through a study of business strategy, strategic information systems and business policy using a casestudy-based teaching approach. The dissertation allows participants the opportunity to research and analyse a business situation and communicate clearly, in writing and orally, the results of the process.

Further Information Mr. Cathal Kearney Course Director School of Business and Humanities and Centre for Entrepreneurship Research Dundalk Institute of Technology Dundalk Co Louth t 042 9370252 e w

Master of Arts in Accounting (taught programme) About This Programme The aim of the Masters in Accounting programme at DkIT is to provide learners with a broad accounting perspective and a strategic approach to business in today’s competitive global environment. The M.A will facilitate learning that enables participants to evaluate and interpret the accounting implications of strategies and apply strategic accounting techniques to make and support decisions within a business context.

2.2 awards. Applicants should have gained exemption from CAP 1 of the ICAI examinations.

Duration The programme will run on a fulltime basis from September to August. Formal examinations will take place in May, with a dissertation submission date of July 1st. There will be two case-study examinations held in late August.

Content Learners will take the following modules :

Career Opportunities It is anticipated that graduates of the M.A in Accounting at DkIT will pursue professional exams in Accounting. Detail on exemptions can be obtained from Mr. Shane Hill. (See contact details below).

How to Apply Those interested in applying should obtain the necessary application form from the School of Business and Humanities at Dundalk Institute of Technology.

Fees The programme will provide learners with an educational experience at the vanguard of accounting policy and practice.

Entry Requirements Entry Applicants must have a recognised honours degree (2:2 or higher) in an Accounting/Finance-related programme. Places will be allocated on a competitive basis. Applicants holding 1st class honours and 2.1 degrees will be favoured over those with

Advanced Corporate Reporting and Accountability;

Management Accounting Decision-Making and Control;

Business Finance;


Advanced Tax;

Research Methods;


Business Strategy and Analysis.

€6,100 (EU) €10,200 (Non-EU) Note: While all eligible students may apply, places are limited, and offers will be made on the basis of academic results, plus an interview.

Further Information Mr. Shane Hill School of Business and Humanities Dundalk Institute of Technology Dundalk Co Louth t 042 9370253 e w


Higher Diploma in Business in Small Enterprise Support (taught programme, Level 8) About this Programme

Learning Outcomes

Entry Requirements


The Higher Diploma in Business in Small Enterprise Support course is targeted at people thinking of setting up, or already running their own business, as well as small business advisors and mentors. The aim of the programme is to enhance participants’ knowledge of small business development theory and practice as well as their research and presentation capabilities.

Through the completion of the programme, learners will:

Applicants with a Business Level 7 award or a Level 8 award in another discipline, or equivalent, are eligible to apply for this course. Applicants matching the entry requirements will be interviewed and places will be allocated on the basis of academic qualification, relevant work experience and motivation to complete the programme. Experiential learning will be assessed under the Institute’s Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) process.

Students will cover the following modules:

Objectives of the Programme •

To provide accredited education and training in business and business support. To develop the knowledge, skills and competencies to enhance the learner’s capacity to establish a small enterprise. To enhance the participants’ knowledge, skills and competencies that will enable them to deliver appropriate support, advice and mentoring to new and emerging businesses.

Explore the main issues in starting a new business and how these may be addressed. Identify a business idea and carry out the necessary research to assess the feasibility of the idea.

Develop a business plan for a new venture.

Explain the entrepreneurial process and analyse why some individuals are more enterprising than others.

Critically evaluate the theories of small firm growth and their implications for practice.

Understand the key elements in finance, marketing and operations management of a small enterprise.

Analyse the main sources of Irish law and their impact on the legal environment for business. Evaluate the importance of business strategy and the impact of the business environment on the direction of the firm.

Study & Learning Skills

New Venture Finance

Operations Management


New Firm Development and Growth

Business Consultancy

Small Firm Management and Strategy

Business Plan and Integrating Project

Regulatory Environment for Business

Entrepreneurship for New Business Development

Duration The programme will run on a part-time basis from September to August. The programme will be delivered over 21 days in six 2-day and three 3-day blocks (Friday and Saturday and Thursday to Saturday). The Business plan will be submitted in August.


How to Apply Those interested in applying should obtain the relevant application form from the School of Business & Humanities.

Further Information Mr. Cathal Kearney Course Director School of Business and Humanities

Fees €2,750

Dundalk Institute of Technology Dundalk Co Louth t e

042 9370252

Master of Arts in Cultural Innovation for the Arts (taught programme) About This Programme The M.A. in Cultural Innovation for the Arts is a 12-month programme designed to produce graduates who are capable of forging careers for themselves in the arts sector. The programme combines both practical, transferable skills in the areas of research, audience development, PR and event planning; and a high level of theoretical knowledge and competence. The programme has been developed in conjunction with local arts practitioners in order to ensure its relevance to the contemporary Irish arts sector. The arts sector, as we all know, is characterized by a scarcity of guaranteed or pre-existing jobs. The vast majority of those who want to work in the arts effectively have to identify and create opportunities for themselves. Our programme, by drawing on the expertise of arts practitioners and leaders and the academic background of lecturing staff in the Institute, aims to give graduates the best possible chance of creating and winning those


opportunities for themselves. Two main strengths of the programme are a significant research component, which will culminate in the submission of a dissertation; and a 200-hour work placement in a local arts institution, which will enable students to put into practice skills learned in the course of their study. The work placement will also give students the opportunity to meet with established arts practitioners.

Content This one-year, full-time M.A. course will enable participants to understand the theory and practice of cultural policy and arts management, to develop innovation and strategic policy perspectives, and to acquire research expertise. The course is designed for those developing professional careers in arts and cultural management, including the heritage and cultural industries. High-level, well-paid jobs in the arts are rare particularly at graduate level. However, the increasing competitiveness of the industry does suggest that there will be opportunities for well-rounded graduates, who combine a

broad knowledge of the development and key features of the arts in Ireland with practical arts administration and PR skills. Networking is by far the most important introduction into the arts sector in Ireland. This course is designed to exploit the contacts between DkIT and the local arts organizations. Through the participation of arts practitioners in the delivery of the programme, and more importantly, the inclusion of the work placement, graduates will be in the best possible position to make connections with arts practitioners and create opportunities for themselves. Semester 1 • Policies and Practices: The Arts in Ireland •

Cultural Theories and Interpretations

Interpretations of Irish Culture: Drama and Theatre in Contemporary Ireland

Interpretations of Contemporary Visual Arts in Ireland

Advanced Research Methods

Semester 2 • Arts Management •

Public Relations and Audience Development

Performing Culture

Interpretations of Popular and Living Cultures

Work Placement


anticipated that this type of research opportunity could be offered at Ph.D level (in selected areas and in conjunction with colleagues from other universities where necessary) as progression routes to graduates of the M.A. Progression to such research opportunities could be offered on either a full-, or part-time basis.

Fees €6, 100 (EU) €10,200 (Non-EU)

Entry Requirements 2:2 honours degree in Cultural Studies, Arts or a related discipline. Non-standard qualifications may be considered at the Institute's discretion. Note: There are 15 places available on this programme.

Progression Opportunities The high level of theoretical knowledge and research competencies gained by the students through the production of research papers for both individual modules and the dissertation will put them in a position to apply for further research qualifications if they so wish. DkIT currently has a number of full-time Research Masters students, and it is

Further Information Dr. Aoileann Ní Éigearthaigh Department of Humanities Dundalk Institute of Technology Dundalk Co Louth t 042 9370399 e w

Master of Arts in Learning and Teaching


(taught programme) About this Programme 1

The course will be open to all who have a central role to play in teaching and student support at DkIT and will also be made available to professionals working in other Institutes of Technology.


There will be exit points at Certificate and Diploma.


Blended and flexible learning will be the main organisational/ teaching strategy.


Modules will be embedded with e-learning elements modelling best practices applications in e-pedagogy.


A specific module will be provided on e-learning/e-pedagogy.


Work-based learning and research will be incorporated into all modules through the application of action research/case study methodologies. Deep learning, incorporating practice-based research, will be promoted.


All coursework will be evidence-based. Theory to practice application will be apparent in all modules.


Portfolio-based research showing progression and development in relevant professional contexts/subject teaching will be prioritised.

Modules Year 1 Student-centred Learning and Teaching: Models and Strategies (Mandatory) Effective Supervision (Elective) or Enhancing Student Learning through E- pedagogy (Elective)

Year 2 Improving Learning and Teaching through Creativity and Scholarship (Elective) or Leadership in Higher Education (Elective) Research Methods in Education/Dissertation Preparation (Mandatory), followed by Master’s Research Project (Mandatory)

Duration 2 years and 3 months part-time.

Entry Requirements Entry requirement for this Level 9 programme will normally be an Honours Degree. The Institute’s regulations on Admissions shall apply. Applicants who do not conform to these regulations but who have wide and relevant experience in higher education teaching or support, may be considered for admission, providing that they: •

are able to demonstrate, in a presentation made to an interview panel, that their professional roles and responsibilities are in keeping with the programme aims and philosophy.

are able to provide evidence of the above in a career portfolio submitted before the interview.

How to Apply Applications forms may be obtained from the Admissions Office. Email or log on

Fees On Application.

Further Information Dr. John Dallat, M.A Ph.D Head of Learning and Teaching Dundalk Institute of Technology Dundalk Co Louth t e

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Master of Arts in T.E.S.O.L (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) (taught programme) About This Programme Social and economic changes in Ireland in recent years have given rise to increasing numbers of speakers of other languages in schools. This has brought about new government policies to increase the number of English Language Teaching (ELT) posts in primary and postprimary schools. This programme aims to equip professional practitioners with the theory, practice and research capability that will enable them to develop the knowledge, skills and competencies to teach in an intercultural context. The M.A will be a programme of teacher education in the field of TESOL – Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages and will run from September to June. For the award of M.A in TESOL, candidates will be required to submit a dissertation in August.


The programme is suitable for practising teachers and lecturers and will include: •

tutorials and lectures, where you will learn principles and practices relating to language learning and teaching and enhance your English language awareness;

Modules include


€5,600 (EU) €10,200 (Non-EU)

Second Language Acquisition;

Methodology for TESOL;

Language Awareness;

Teaching Practice;

TESOL Contexts;

Research Methods.

Continuous Assessment

teaching practice, where you will work with language learners, applying theory to practice;

Students submit a 4,000 word assignment for each of the four taught modules.

observation sessions, where you will observe experienced English language teachers at work;

Teaching practice: 50% practical examination and 50% portfolio.

action research, where you will develop practical research skills that you can use throughout your career to learn more about your own teaching;

Entry Requirements

Further Information

Candidates must be statequalified teachers or lecturers. They must hold an honours degree.

Dr. David Getty Head of Department of Humanities

Master-Level dissertation, where you will investigate an aspect of your own professional practice with a view to making changes, or improving current approaches to teaching and learning.

Note: There are 15 places available on this programme. While all eligible candidates may apply, places are limited, and offers may be made on the basis of your language awareness, previous learning, and/or relevant experience.

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Dr. Getty’s research interests include the development of Social Policy in Ireland, Ageing and Well-being, Education Policy, and Special Educational Needs.

School of Informatics and Creative Arts Dr. Gerard Bob Mc Kiernan Head of School of Informatics and Creative Arts

Dr. Christian Horn Head of Department of Computing and Mathematics

Dr. EibhlĂ­s Farrell Head of Music and Creative Media Director of Centre of Research in Music


Computing, Music and Creative Media Programmes Master of Science in Computing (taught programme)

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Master of Business Studies in Software Entrepreneurship (taught programme)


Master of Science/Doctorate in Software Development (research programme)


Master of Science in Future Communications in Creative Technology (taught programme)


Higher Diploma in Science in Computing


Master of Arts/Science in Music Technology (taught programme)


Master of Arts/Science in Music Technology (by research)


Master of Arts/Doctorate in Music (by research)


Master of Arts/Postgraduate Diploma in Traditional Music Studies (taught programme) NEW


Master of Science in Computing (taught programme) the computing industry from a business opportunity perspective;

About This Programme The aim of this HETACvalidated, taught Masters Degree programme is to produce graduates with an advanced level of theoretical knowledge and practice, with highly developed research capability, innovation and entrepreneurial skills to enable their professional development in the IT industry. This programme has been partially funded by the HEA IT Investment Fund.

Taking responsibility for the work of individuals and groups, and developing a high level of competence in initiating, leading and managing technology projects and processes.

Programme Content Mandatory Modules • Software Process Management

Programme Objectives

Software Design

Graduates will be capable of:

Distributed Computing

Human Computer Interaction

Entrepreneurship and Intrapreneurship

Designing, managing and developing complex quality-assured software systems;


Identifying computing problems that require further research and developing research strategies for the investigation of these problems; Analysing and critically evaluating emerging technologies and trends in

• •

Research Methods and Professional Practice Research Project

Elective Modules • Document Engineering

Who Should Apply? Graduates wishing to extend their breadth and depth of knowledge in both the technical and managerial aspects of software development, and their ability to instigate and manage research projects, are suitable candidates for this programme. The programme offers an up-skilling opportunity for practicing software developers who have worked in industry for a number of years and now wish to broaden or update their technical knowledge and formalise their management skills. The mandatory module on entrepreneurship will focus on the development, management and commercialisation of software products. Recent graduates will also find the programme a natural and complementary progression from their undergraduate degree programme.

How to Apply Application forms can be obtained from the Admissions Office, Dundalk Institute of Technology, Dublin Road, Dundalk, Co. Louth. t 042 9370230. e

Duration The programme will run both on a full-time basis (12 months) and a part-time basis (24 months). Students will study nine modules; seven of these will be core modules taken by all students and the other two will be chosen from elective modules. Modules on the programme will cover trends in software development and current and emerging technologies. They will develop, to an advanced level, students’ software development, project management and entrepreneurial skills.

Mobile Computing


Entry Requirements

High Performance Computing

Project Management

Scalable Technology Solutions

Candidates may have to attend a selection interview. Students who successfully complete the programme, with the exception of the Research project, will be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma.

The Business of Software

Fees € 4,600 (EU, inclusive of HEA-funding) €12,600 (non-EU, not HEA-funded)

Further Information Dr. Rónan Mc Ruairí Department of Mathematics and Computing Dundalk Institute of Technology Dundalk Co Louth t 042 9370399 e w Dr. Mc Ruairí’s research interests include intelligent agents, wireless sensor networks, distributer reasoning, and artificial intelligence.

Master of Business Studies in Software Entrepreneurship (taught programme) This programme is delivered jointly by the School of Informatics, & Creative Arts, and the School of Business & Humanities.

About this Programme The M.B.S in Software Entrepreneurship is a unique and innovative new programme that will create the software leaders of tomorrow. The aim of the programme is to produce graduates who possess advanced knowledge of theory and practice with research, innovation and entrepreneurial skills to enable them to establish and/or take leadership roles in software organizations, ICT companies, R&D departments and product management.

Programme Content Mandatory Modules • The Business of Software •

Software Development Management

Software Project Management


Legal Aspects of Software Entrepreneurship

Business Planning

Managing Finance and Accounts

New Venture Marketing

Integrative, Co-operation and People Studies 1

Integrative, Co-operation and People Studies 2

Research Management

Research Report

Scaleable Technology Solutions

Programme Description

Programme Duration

This is a high-intensity programme, with significant emphasis on teamwork and leadership. It has been designed to maximise flexibility and can accommodate participants, who chose to remain in employment. The programme will be delivered over three 15-week semesters, using both traditional teaching and online sessions.

The programme is delivered over three academic semesters (18 months in duration). Students who successfully complete the programme, with the exception of the Research report, will be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma.

Traditional classes (lectures, seminars and workshops) are delivered on-site at Dundalk Institute of Technology. These account for a total of four weeks, spread over blocks of 5 days, 3 days and 2 days. The online activities take place during semesters 1 and 2, and include lecturer-moderated discussion forums, chat rooms, interactive tutorials and recorded lectures (podcasts). Flexibility is a key feature of these activities; many interactive sessions will accommodate participation at any time during a specific week—allowing participants to work around other schedules.


Entry Requirements Candidates must hold a primary degree - in ICT, Business, Engineering, or Science – having achieved a Second Class Honours, Grade 2.2, or better, and have 2 or more years postgraduate experience. Candidates holding honours degrees from other disciplines, or who do not meet or achieve the Second Class Honours Grade II standard, must have 5 or more years’ relevant experience, and may be admitted to the programme based on an interview and/or the submission of a portfolio. This process will be administered by the programme board.

Fees On Application.

Further Information Dr. Rónan Mc Ruairí Head of Mathematics and Computing Dundalk Institute of Technology Dundalk Co Louth t 042 9370399 e w Dr. Mc Ruairí’s research interests include intelligent agents, wireless sensor networks, distributer reasoning, and artificial intelligence.

Master of Science/Doctorate in Software Development (by research) About This Programme

Current Projects

Collaboration and Partners

Since its creation in the 1970s, the DkIT Computing department has been actively involved in applied research activities with both indigenous and multinational companies.

Current M.Sc. and Ph.D projects include:

SToRC currently has active research partnerships with a number of Institutions including: University of Limerick, Dublin City University, NUI Maynooth, University College Dublin, Trinity College Dublin, Queen’s University Belfast, University of Ulster (Jordanstown), Waterford Institute of Technology and Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology.

In 2001, the Software Technology Research Centre (SToRC) was established in DkIT and since then research in the Centre has focused on the following strategic software themes: •

Software Quality Engineering;

Distributed Systems;

Usability/Human Computer Interaction (HCI).

Funding Sources The Centre has been very successful in attracting significant research funding from a range of sources and is currently working on research projects supported by a number of bodies, including Science Foundation Ireland (SFI), Enterprise Ireland, Peace II and the Council of Directors of the Institutes of Technology. 30

Release Planning in Iterative Development;

Agile User Analysis for Internet Development;

Enhancing Customer Tests in Agile Development;

The Centre is particularly interested in attracting appropriately qualified, full or part-time, postgraduate research students, to pursue M.Sc./Ph.D studies, in the following areas:

Using Bayesian Belief Networks to Improve Software Testing;

Software Process and Methodologies;

Ambient Assisted Living Software Systems;

Software Quality in E-commerce Development;

Software Reliability;

Software Process Improvement in Irish Software Product Companies;

Software Development (especially Java and XML);

End User Computing.

Developing Assessments for Small Software Companies;

Test-Driven Development for Spreadsheet Engineering;

User Behaviour in Spreadsheet Debugging;

Voice-controlled Navigation of Spreadsheets;

Developing Ambient Assisted Living technologies;

Bayesian Belief Networks for Testing of Spreadsheets.

Applicants should hold a B.Sc. in Computing/Computer Science at 2:2, or higher. Highly qualified applicants in related areas will also be considered.

Further Information Dr. Gerry Coleman Director of Software Technology Research Centre

Fees €4,000 per year (Year 1- Year 3 inclusive) €1,600 (Year 4)

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Dr. Coleman’s research interests include software process improvement, software development methods, and software quality and metrics.

Master of Science in Future Communications in Creative Technologies (taught programme) About This Programme In a society that is undergoing exponential change, traditional communication methodologies are no longer wholly appropriate. Already communication design solutions and strategies are undergoing radical rethinking in the light of dramatically widening multicultural, multiplatform and multi-purpose access. Opportunities exist for creating new products, new systems new approaches, setting new standards and developing new thinking on how people and society may evolve as communicators in the digital age. This programme is for people who are aware of and seek out these new opportunities; who refuse to be victims of change, and who will want to use communications and technology efficiently to help shape the future for society, for the organisations where they will work, and for themselves. The programme consists of two parts; the Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip.), and the Master of Science degree

(M.Sc.). The Postgraduate Diploma consists of four taught modules; these are completed over a nine-month period (two semesters), starting in September. On satisfactory completion of the taught modules, students may apply to proceed to the M.Sc. To study to M.Sc. you will be required to carry out a major project and submit a final report or a dissertation for examination. This will be completed over a semester following the PgDip. in teams to complete project work that is the primary device for testing module outcomes. Semester 1 Innovation and Practice This introductory module is concerned with developing a common set of skills needed to fulfil potential at Masters level. These skills will support intellectual and practical work on the course and will help develop knowledge of processes and techniques required to research and review the practical strategic design projects. Emphasis will be placed on challenging students’ technical and design skills, as well as their ability to evaluate

and implement appropriate communication strategies. Interactivity and the User The constant advancement of ICT has meant that the nature of interaction is persistently changing. With these changes come challenges as well as opportunities that need to be investigated and understood. This module will look at the practical and theoretical implications of interactivity beyond the keyboard and the mouse for both the user and the designer, and will equip students with the necessary skills to partake in the connection of real and virtual spaces and to explore the possibilities of the creation of emotionally rich immersive experiences by the use of tangible objects as devices for interaction. Semester 2 Human Conditioning This module looks at human communication and the technological and biological factors that influence it. Emphasis will be placed on looking at how people communicate and learn, how

that in turn affects the information being communicated, and the manner in which it is received. Students will look at the human factors that affect communication and then select an appropriate design solution for their specific message. Students will work in groups to explore and implement innovative approaches to information and design. Technology for Future Communications This module aims to provide students with an understanding of historical and contemporary communications technology, how they have developed historically and their impact on society. By developing an understanding of the historical interaction between communications systems and societies, it becomes possible to make an informed assessment of the contemporary situation and predict the future development and potential impact of new communications technologies.


Semester 3 Project/Dissertation The Major Project/Dissertation is a culmination and a focus of understanding of the work undertaken on the course. It provides an opportunity for the student to organise and present a body of knowledge, and illustrate potential creative consequences emanating from reflection on that knowledge. This may be done either as a dissertation or by a creative practical project supported by a written piece in keeping with work at Masters level.

Software Engineering, Visual Communications, or Design. Applicants who do not meet these requirements may be accepted if they have relevant experience and can satisfy DkIT that their prior experiential has prepared them adequately to succeed on the course. If you would like to be considered as a non-standard applicant, please contact the course director for more information. All suitable applicants will be called for interview and will be asked to present a portfolio of their work.

All modules: 100% Continuous Assessment.


Entry Requirements & Application Standard Applicants: Normally you will require an honours degree, at a minimum level of Honours 2:2, or other appropriate and equivalent degree qualification and work experience in a relevant discipline to gain entry onto the programme. Typically such disciplines would be in the areas of Multimedia, Audio/Visual Media, Computer Science, Internet Technologies,

€4,000 (year 1 of research) €4,000 (year 2) €1,600 (year 3)

Further Information Ms. Caroline O’Sullivan Programme Director Department of Music and Creative Multimedia Dundalk Institute of Technology Dundalk Co Louth t 042 9370399 e w www.dkit,courses/dk963

Higher Diploma in Science in Computing (taught programme) (Level 8) Programme Aim

Who Should Apply?


The aim of the programme is to provide graduates with up-to-date knowledge of the core elements of computing, and to prepare them for a career in quality assurance, project management or business analysis.

Graduates of non-computing disciplines who wish to pursue a career in IT. It is expected that graduates will follow one of the following career paths:

The programme will run on a full-time basis for 12 months, or in part-time mode for 24 months.

Entry Requirements

Programme Objectives Graduates will be able to:

Quality Assurance;

Software Testing;

Identify the different roles and responsibilities that exist through the software development lifecycle and IT projects in particular;

Software Project Management;

Work as part of a team to perform the following roles within a software development organisation:

Business Analysis.

Software quality assurance and testing

Software project management

Business analysis

Evaluate the applicability and strategic impact of emerging technologies in the corporate environment.

Programme Content •

Core Computing 1 and 2

Software Engineering

End User Computing

Business Enterprise Computing

Web Development

Software Design Fundamentals

Database Management Systems

Business Analysis

Software Testing

Software Project Management


Due to the nature of these roles it is expected that most graduates will initially gain employment at an entry level in the software industry. However, they will be equipped with specialist skills that will enable them to progress quickly in their chosen career path. At present there is a shortage of business analysts and software project managers within the Irish software industry that have domain experience. Therefore, graduates of this course, who already possess desirable domain experience, will not only be extremely attractive to employers, but may also be able to enter the software industry at a more senior level.

Applicants must hold a Level 8 qualification (Honours Degree) or demonstrate an equivalent capacity to succeed, based on experiential learning acquired through extensive industrial experience.

How to Apply Application forms can be obtained from the Admissions Office Dundalk Institute of Technology Dublin Road Dundalk Co Louth t 042 9370230. e

Fees €2,750

Further Information Dr. Fergal McCaffery SFI Stokes Lecturer & SFI Principal Investigator Regulated Software Research Group Department of Computing & Mathematics Dundalk Institute of Technology Dundalk Co Louth t 042 9370399 e w

Master of Arts/Science in Music Technology (taught programme) About This Programme Dundalk Institute of Technology’s taught Masters programme in Music Technology is designed for graduates seeking to combine technological competence with musical creativity, and is a response to the increasing demand from Artists, Scientists, Educationalists, and the wider music industry, and digital media sector, for courses which bridge the traditionally perceived Arts-Science divide to produce graduates conversant in both new technologies and their creative application. Comprising taught and research components, the programme is modular and structured over three semesters. The taught component of the programme (Semesters 1 and 2) consists of mandatory and elective modules, the latter offering the student the opportunity to follow a pathway through the programme which reflects his/her personal interests. The student has a completely free choice of elective modules, the only requirement being that six modules in total must be taken in each semester.

Semester 1 • Acoustics & Psychoacoustics (M)

Note: Electives offered in semester 2 are subject to student numbers.

Sound Synthesis & Manipulation (M)

Recording Techniques & Technologies (M)

Electroacoustic Music & Composition 1 (M)

Following successful completion of the taught component the student pursues a major research project, the Masters Project, under the supervision of one/more of the course tutors. The pathway chosen by the student will strongly influence the focus (Artistic, Scientific/Technological, or Educational) of the research component, which in turn will determine the award title of Master of Arts in Music Technology, or Master of Science in Music Technology. Projects are normally in one of the following areas: music software development, composition portfolio, or dissertation.

Computer Programming for Musical Applications (E)

Introductory Research Exercise (M)

Semester 2 • Interactive Systems (E) •

Electronics & Digital Signal Processing (E)

Music Production (E)

Electroacoustic Music & Composition 2 (E)

Computer Programming for Audio Applications (E)

Music & Multimedia (E)

Algorithmic Composition (E)

Applications of Technology in Music Education (E)

Assistive Music Technology (E)

Masters Project Preparation (M)

Important features of the Masters programme in Music Technology at DkIT are the balancing of theory and practice, and technological competence and musical creativity. Conceptually, the progression over the fifteen months can be broadly characterised as a move from Fundamentals to Creativity, to Independent Research. At the core of the programme is hands-on training at computer music workstations, where students are exposed to computer-based musical composition, sound synthesis and manipulation, programming and development, and music production. The Department’s Music Technology Centre is a state-of-the-art teaching, learning and research environment dedicated to the musical applications of technology. It comprises fully-equipped and networked music labs, a recording studio, and an interactive systems room.

Entry Requirements Second-class Honours Degree in Music or Computing/ Engineering/Science (In certain circumstances – e.g. where technological and/or musical competencies are particularly strong – degrees in other disciplines may also be accepted).


For mature applicants (over the age of 23 at time of application) relevant industry or related experience may be accepted in lieu of a degree. For applicants without a Music Degree, formal music training to Grade 5/6, or equivalent, is highly desirable. As part of the selection process, all shortlisted applicants will be required to attend a selection interview.

Fees €1,500 (HEA-funded) €11,900 (EU) €14,100 (Non-EU. Not HEA-funded)

Further Information Dr. Eibhlís Farrell Director of Centre of Research in Music Department of Music and Creative Media Dundalk Institute of Technology Dundalk Co Louth t 042 9370399 e w Dr. Farrell’s research interests include composition, theory and analysis, 20th century and contemporary music.

Centre for Research in Music (Ionad Taighde Ceoil) Master of Arts/Science in Music Technology (by research) About This Programme


Opportunities exist to pursue postgraduate studies by research in Music Technology to Masters Level in the following areas:

€4,000 (year 1 of research) €4,000 (year 2) €1,600 (year 3)

Musical Pattern Matching;

Music Software Development;

Computational Musicology;

Music Modelling;

Technology in Music Education;

Sound Synthesis and Manipulation;

Electroacoustic Composition;

Assistive Music Technology;

Musical Applications of Interactive Systems;

Algorithmic Composition;

Music Information Retrieval;

Digital Signalling Processing;

Music and Multimedia;

Music Production;

Audio Circuit Design;

Audio Compression;

Acoustics and Psychoacoustics;

Recording Techniques and Technologies.

Entry Requirements Applicants are normally required to have a second-class honours degree in Music, Science, Computing, or Engineering. For mature applicants (over the age of 23 at time of application) relevant industry, or related experience may be accepted in lieu of a degree.


Further Information Dr. Eibhlís Farrell Director of Centre of Research in Music Department of Music and Creative Media Dundalk Institute of Technology Dundalk Co Louth t 042 9370399 e w Dr. Farrell’s research interests include composition, theory and analysis, 20th century and contemporary music.

Centre for Research in Music (Ionad Taighde Ceoil) Master of Arts/Doctorate in Music (by research) About this Programme DkIT’s postgraduate research programmes in Music are designed for graduates who are seeking to critically develop their performance and composition capabilities and/or document and develop their specialized knowledge in specific areas of music. Postgraduate studies in Music to Master and Doctoral levels (by research) are available in several focus areas: •


Performance Studies (all genres);

Irish traditional music


Music Education and Pedagogy

Music and Community


Entry Requirements Applicants are normally required to have a second-class honours degree. However, for mature applicants (over age 23 at time of application) relevant performance, publication and other specialised field experience can be accepted in lieu of a degree.

Fees €4,000 (year 1 of research) €4,000 (year 2) €1,600 (year 3)

Further Information Dr. Eibhlís Farrell Director of Centre of Research in Music Department of Music and Creative Media Dundalk Institute of Technology Dundalk Co Louth t 042 9370399 e w Dr Farrell’s research interests include composition, theory and analysis, 20th century and contemporary music.



Master of Arts /Postgraduate Diploma in Traditional Music Studies (taught programme) About this Programme The aim of this new programme is to produce Traditional music specialists who are capable of engaging artistically, strategically and developmentally with research, education, sociology, performance and/or promotion of Irish and other Traditional musics within the internationally-accredited fields of Traditional/Folk musics and ethnomusicology. The modules collectively associate Traditional music forms with 'communities of practice' and aim to contribute to the sustainability of these by offering specialisation of academic focus to potential learners from active performance, production, organisation and media backgrounds within and without the genre. Modules: Semester 1 • Irish traditional music performance, style and contexts •


Traditional music collection and archiving

Scottish traditional music style, forms and repertoire

Popular-music determinants in the revival of traditional musics

Semester 2 • Transmission, technology and education in traditional musics •

European traditional and folk musics: instrumentation, style and identity

English traditional music, song and dance style and revival

Dissertation/project preparation

Applications are normally required to have a second class honours degree in any music genre or a related discipline. Other disciplines may also be accepted. The TMS Masters/PG Dip programme may also consider applicants who have eligibility criteria based in music performance, production, education, business and media. In addition to Irish Traditional music, an applicant’s RPL may be based in pipes, flute and other forms of bands, in Scottish and other genres with internationally-accepted parameters, and in Pop, Rock, Jazz and Classical musics

Duration 1 calendar year.

Fees €6,100

Semester 3 •

Major dissertation/ research project

Entry Requirements Entry is open to applicants from any music genre or relevant music background, subject to acceptance at interview. All eligible applicants will be interviewed before being considered for admission to the programme.

Further Information Dr. Fintan Vallely Traditional Music Studies Department of Music and Creative Media Dundalk Institute of Technology Dundalk Co Louth t e

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School of Health & Science


Health and Science Programmes

Dr. Edel Healy Head of School

Mr. Myles Hackett Head of Department of Nursing, Midwifery & Health Studies

Dr. Breda Brennan Head of Department of Applied Sciences

Ms. Jill Atkinson Head of Midwifery Section


National Centre for Freshwater Studies (by research)


Smooth Muscle Research Centre


The Netwell Centre ((Research)


Electrochemistry Research Group


Organic Resources Research Group


M.Sc. in Health Studies (Ageing) (taught programme) NEW


National Centre for Freshwater Studies National Centre for Freshwater Studies The National Centre for Freshwater Studies (NCFS), based in the Department of Applied Sciences, was established in 2005 and carries out research which focuses on alternative waste management systems and the protection and restoration of freshwater systems with particular emphasis on source water protection. In an attempt to create alternative management strategies for organic waste materials which may impact on water quality, an Organic Resource Research group was established within the NCFS to develop environmentally benign technologies for the conversion of organic resources into value added products. In addition, the NCFS lead HEA / Irish Aid funded project, Water is Life; Amazzi Bulamu, has recently commenced to primarily develop appropriate activities in the area of water resource sustainability to monitor its effects on community health, gender and poverty in rural Uganda. The


centre currently has twenty-one members; six principal investigators (including two post doctoral researchers), one technician, one project manager and thirteen postgraduate researchers.

Funding Sources and Current Projects: To date, a total of €4,470,411 has been procured through both National and International funding, with the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government and Irish Aid / Higher Education Authority being the main research funders. The centre collaborates with many external organisations including Bord ná Mona, Marine Institute,Teagasc, Monghan County Council, National Federation of Group Water Schemes, EPA, Horseware Ireland and academic partnerships with QUB, UU, IT Sligo, DCU, TCD, NUIM, RCSI, University of Edinburgh and Makerere University, Uganda. Research projects to-date have focused on: •

Groundwater development for sustainable rural water

supplies: An assessment of a weathered crystalline rock aquifer system, southwest of Central Uganda;

Water quality assessment of Milltown Lake (Muckno Mill) Catchment, Co. Monaghan using macrophyte and macroinvertebrate biological indicators;

A feasibility study on the production of bioethanol from marine biomass;

A paleolimnological and nutrient loading study of Milltown Lake in County Monaghan, Ireland;

Paleolimnological investigation of drinking water abstraction lakes;

Spent mushroom compost management and options for use.

Alternative waste management systems.

Assessment of the impact of on-site wastewater treatment systems on surface water quality;

Dynamic modelling to explore management options in Milltown Lake catchment;

constructed wetland: A green house trial;

Estimating carbon pools and processing in an Irish humic lake; Integrated constructed wetlands to treat domestic wastewater. Implications for groundwater; The development of a ‘next generation’ small scale treatment unit;

Feasibility study to assess the conversion of SMC to bioethanol;

Remediation of acid mine drainage thought

The Centre is also currently working on a large-scale, national pilot research project involving source protection of group water schemes in the Cavan/Monaghan area.

Career Opportunities As projects arise and more funding becomes available, the Centre will advertise for appropriately, qualified, full-time, postgraduate research students leading to M.Sc./Ph.D. degrees in Environmental Science.

Further Information Dr. Suzanne Linnane Director National Centre for Freshwater Studies Dundalk Institute of Technology Dundalk Co Louth t 042 9370399 e w

Smooth Muscle Research Centre Description Smooth muscle is a major constituent of the internal muscular organs of the body including the arteries, veins and lymphatics, the urinary and gastrointestinal tracts. It contains the same contractile elements as skeletal and cardiac muscle, but their organisation and mode of activation are quite different. Contractions of smooth muscle are either phasic (rapid single contractions which are usually concerned with fluid propulsion) or tonic (slow sustained contractions usually concerned with varying resistance to flow or control of sphincters). The Smooth Muscle Research Centre is a Designated Enterprise Ireland Research Centre. Our research focuses on the cellular mechanisms underlying physiological function and how this is modified in a range of prevalent disease states including urinary incontinence, erectile dysfunction, lymphoedema, arthritis and ureteric obstruction. The rationale for investigating these states stemmed from a basic interest of the PIs in examining cellular function in health and disease.

More importantly, each of these disease states decreases the quality of life of the sufferer and adds a significant ecomonic burden to the state. It is only through the investigation of the basic mechanisms underlying the cellular basis of each disease that novel therapeutic treatments can be advanced.

Aim of Research The main aim of our research is to elucidate the ionic basis of excitation and the way in which calcium levels are controlled in smooth muscle cells. The results of these studies will help us understand the initiation and modulation of contraction in vascular (arteriolar and lymphatic), gastrointestinal, urinary tract and erectile smooth muscle.

Research Team The Smooth Muscle Group consists at present of four fulltime academic staff (Professor Noel McHale, Dr Keith Thornbury, Dr Gerard Sergeant & Dr Mark Hollywood), a senior research fellow (Prof Michael Walsh), a visiting Professor (Prof Bill Cole), three postdoctoral fellows, five postgraduate

students and two research technicians. We have extensive collaborative links with other laboratories with similar interests in the USA, Asia and in Europe. This makes it possible for postgraduate students to broaden their experience by spending time working in overseas laboratories. We currently have vacancies for 3 PhD students.

Facilities Our Research Centre comprises state-of-the-art laboratories equipped with the most up- todate facilities and equipment. The research involves the use of a large number of techniques which are commonly used in R&D departments of the pharmaceutical industry and include single cell and single channel patch clamping, in vitro intracellular recording from whole tissue with sharp microelectrodes, ultra high speed live cell confocal Ca2+ imaging, molecular biology, tissue culture and tension recording. Our state-of-the-art laboratories are equipped with dedicated facilities to permit the study of

biological processes from the molecular level through to the whole tissue. We have considerable expertise as evidenced by our publications and grant income in the following areas. Electrophysiological Recording: Our electrophysiology laboratory comprises 7 full recording rigs that allow us to perform: a

Whole cell patch clamp


Single channel recording


Intracellular microelectrode recording

This range of techniques allows us to comprehensively screen novel compounds for biological effects on a range of ion channels, at the single channel, whole cell and whole tissue level.


Confocal microscopy A custom built Cellular Imaging laboratory houses confocal microscopes that are utilised for: a

Live cell imaging of [Ca2+] & [Na+]


Combined electrophysiology/imaging


Immunocyto chemistry

This range of powerful techniques permit us to observe the elementary events that control excitability in single cells and whole tissues. Molecular Studies Our Molecular Biology lab comprises dedicated facilities to permit the isolation and amplification of genomic material from whole tissues and single cells. We use these facilities for:

Functional Studies To fully understand the mechanisms controlling whole tissue function, we utilize the approaches listed below to integrate the information provided by molecular and cellular studies. a Tension recording in whole tissue b

Pressure/flow recording


Neural stimulation


Single Cell PCR


Real-time qPCR

All of the above techniques are available in our ‘wet laboratory’ and permit us to evaluate drug effects on a wide variety of cellular processes and determine their physiological action at the single channel, cellular and whole tissue level.


Cell Culture

Funding Sources

Utilising this range of modern molecular techniques has allowed us to investigate the functional role of individual genes in single cells and whole tissue. As our research team has grown we have begun cell, tissue and organ culture in order to carry out dominant negative and siRNA strategies to allow us to examine the effects of knocking down specific genes on cellular function.


The Smooth Muscle Research Centre Principal Investigators have attracted in excess of €7,000,000 in competitive funding from a variety of charities and organizations including Science Foundation Ireland, Health Research Board, Medical Research Council (UK), Diabetes UK, Research into Ageing, Action Medical Research (UK). The most high profile grant successes were i)

an RO1 grant from the NIDDK section of the National Institutes of Health in the USA (€900,000 from 2005 to 2010). We are currently the only Centre in Ireland who have received this prestigious funding independent of USA researchers. ii) A Wellcome Trust Programme Grant (€600,000, 2006 to 2009) iii) A Science Foundation Ireland Walton Visitor Award permitted us to host the world renowned protein biochemist, Prof Mike Walsh (University of Calgary) for a year long sabattical in 2007.

Careers The techniques that will be acquired in the course of a Ph.D training with the SMRC are fundamental to modern Pharmacological, Physiological and Cell Biological Research and are thus very marketable. This provides a sound basis for a career in a wide variety of research environments from academic laboratories to those of the Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology Industries.

Further Information Professor Noel Mc Hale Director Smooth Muscle Research Centre Dundalk Institute of Technology Dundalk Co Louth t f e w w

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The Netwell Centre



Research Funding

The Netwell Centre (established 2005), is part of the School of Health & Science and is currently located in Regional Development Centre of Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT). The Netwell Centre promotes Social Networks, Environments and Technologies for Wellness and ageing-in-place. Its aim is to provide a regional centre of excellence for the applied research, development and application of innovative service models and technologies to support older-people to age-in-place in their own homes.

The project is part-funded by grants from Atlantic Philanthropies and INTERREG IIIA. The centre has been accepted by the Enterprise Ireland Applied Research Enhancement Scheme and the application is in the final stages of development. A range of laboratory, transitional and pilot demonstrator facilities will be available to researchers.

Aim of Research Along with its primary role as host to the Nestling Project, the Netwell Centre undertakes a broad range of age-related research and development assignments aimed at developing a greater understanding of ageing and later life. Of particular interest is research exploring the ways care models, the environment and geron-technologies can enhance quality of life and well-being for older people.

Career Opportunities The Centre will be recruiting for postgraduate students who wish to pursue M.A/M.Sc./Ph.D degrees on topics around ageing, and older people. Projects can cross a range of disciplines including psychology, social policy, technology, and urban/architectural design.

Research Team Netwell Centre is led by its Director and currently has a team of 8 personnel including 3 Prinicipal Investigators. Research partners include University of Ulster, The National Centre for Sensor Research, and the National University of Ireland in Galway. The Centre is also affiliated to the new TILDA project in Trinity College, Dublin. (The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing). International partners include the Gerontology Research Centre in Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada.

Further Information Mr. Rodd Bond Netwell Centre Director Dundalk Institute of Technology Dundalk Co Louth t 042 9370497 e w

Electrochemistry Research Group Research Areas

Research Collaborations

The electrochemistry research group at Dundalk Institute of Technology carries out both fundamental and applied research within the field of electrochemistry, combining aspects of fundamental physical chemistry and synthetic inorganic chemistry for the development of novel materials which possess applications in molecular electronics and biologically and chemically-based sensors. These materials have been successfully isolated and studied within our group, such as, polyoxometallates, functionalised nanoparticles, conducting and π-conjugated polymers. Our group, in conjunction with our collaborators, employs a range of techniques, such as, modern spectroscopic (Raman, luminescence excitation and difference spectroscopy), electrochemical (Electrochemical quartz crystal microbalance), surface techniques (AFM, SECM) to characterise our molecular based systems in both solution and the solid state. Below are some of the core projects currently underway within the Group.

The team currently has a series of established research partnerships with both national and international partners, such as;

Current Team •

Environmental and Biomedical Based Sensors

Nanostructured Materials and Molecular Electronics

Solid state redox active materials and their catalytic properties Dr Tim McCormac (Principal Investigator) Nargis Anwar (PhD student) Shahzad Imar (PhD student) Rashda Naseer (PhD student) Mustansara Yaqub (PhD student)

Professor Gerard Bidan, French Atomic Energy Commission, Grenoble, France. Research work involves the applications of surface bound polyoxometallates for molecular electronics and memory devices.

Dr. Cedric Mayer, University of Versailles, France. Development of functionalised nanoparticles

Dr Tia Keyes, DCU, Dublin. Employment of modern photochemical techniques for the study of the photochemical properties of novel polyoxometallates.

Professor Alan Bond, University of Monash, Melbourne, Australia. Area of involvement is within the fields of material science and polyoxometallates, with the employment of ionic liquids for the study of the redox processes of polyoxometallates.

Further Information Dr. Tim McCormac Group Leader School of Health & Science Dundalk Institute of Technology Dundalk Co Louth t f e w


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Organic Resources Research Group Research Areas

Research funding and collaboration

The organic resources research group (ORRG) was established in 2009 to develop environmentally benign technologies for the conversion of organic resources into value-added products and the creation of alternative sustainable solutions for managing organic wastes. The research activities of our group include:

Research funding has been secured from the Environmental Protection Agency (STRIVE programme), INTERREG IVA, Council of Directors (STRAND 1) and Monaghan County Council. ORRG collaborates with many organisations including CREDIT (DkIT), Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS), Teagasc, Monaghan County Council, Horseware Ireland and academic partnerships with IT Sligo, University of Limerick and the University of Edinburgh.

Research Team

Development of novel strategies for the processing of novel biomass and agricultural residues into biofuels and other valueadded products.


Dr. Siobhan Jordan (Principal Investigator) Dr. Caroline Gilleran (Principal Investigator) Laura Holland (Postgraduate student) Michael Farrell (Postgraduate student) Mawuli Dzakpasu (Postgraduate student) Brian Carpenter (Postgraduate student)

Development of further expertise in the areas of environmental biotechnology and biomass utilisation; including areas of phytoremediation and bioremediation.

Wastewater treatment technologies, including using integrated constructed wetlands to remediate domestic wastewater in collaboration with the University of Edinburgh.

Alternative organic waste management systems; including the anaerobic digestion of organic waste materials and the fermentation of these materials for the production of bioethanol.

Bioremediation of acid mine drainage, using constructed wetlands established from organic waste materials.

Further Information

A feasibility study on the production of bioethanol from seaweed.

Dr. Siobhán Jordan Group Leader Organic Resources Research Group School of Health and Science Dundalk Institute of Technology Dundalk Co Louth t 042 9370399 e w


Health Studies (Ageing) (taught programme) Certificate/Postgraduate Diploma/Masters in Science in Health Studies (Ageing) Introduction The programme provides professionals from various healthcare backgrounds with skills and knowledge that enable them to discern emerging trends and anticipate future directions in health services and provide leadership in planning, implementation, evaluation, change-management and policy development. It is envisaged that graduates from the M.Sc. in Health Studies - Ageing will aspire to influential positions in older person services within the Health Service Executive or associated organisations. The skills and knowledge gained from the programme will facilitate the graduate to be a positive change agent in older person services. The programme explores the major issues facing our ageing population and provides graduates with the most effective approaches to meet the needs of older people within their respective organisations. It shall provide graduates with the ability to work within multidisciplinary healthcare services and to inform policy in the area of older person services.

Course Content Year 1 Semester 1 • Research Theory & Practice •

Change Management

Contemporary Healthcare Organisation & Delivery

Semester 2 • Social Policy for Health & Ageing •

Ageing: Place and Community

Year 2 Semester 1 • Research Dissertation (This module will run over two terms to include the Summer Term)


The MSc in Health Studies - Ageing will be taken by those wishing to combine academic study with an original research dissertation; all five modules comprising 60 credits, and the dissertation 30 credits must be completed. The Postgraduate Diploma in Health Studies - Ageing will comprise the five taught modules, totaling 60 credits.

Starting Date January 2011 (Subject to Validation)

Entry Requirements Level 8 or equivalent qualification. Prior learning will be taken into consideration if the applicant does not have a Level 8 qualification.

Fees The Certificate in Ageing will comprise two taught modules (Social Policy for Health and Ageing and Ageing: Place and Community) totaling 30 credits.

To be confirmed

Awarding body: HETAC

Who Should Apply? The MSc in Health Studies - Ageing will enable students to apply the key theories and concepts in health and social policy to the understanding of ageing and ageing societies and of methods to support the improvement of services and environments for ageingin-place. This programme will be of interest to diverse groups of health care professionals including doctors, nurses, social workers, architects and others designing environments for older people and any professionals with an interest in discharging or designing services for older people.

How To Apply? You should apply directly to the Lifelong Learning Centre, Dundalk I.T. on a Lifelong Learning Application Form or enroll online at

Duration The course will take place over 20 months. Learners will be expected to attend DkIT one day per week. The remainder of the course shall be delivered using a blended learning approach and directed learning.

Further Information Mr. Myles Hackett Group Leader Head of Department of Nursing, Midwifery & Health Studies Dundalk Institute of Technology Dundalk Co Louth t e

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School of Engineering


Engineering Programmes Mr. Eugene Roe Head of School of Engineering

Mr. Daniel O’Brien Head of Department of Electronic and Mechanical Engineering

Mr. Pat McCormick Head of Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Mr. Noel McKenna Head of Department of Construction and Surveying

Mr. John Carolan Head of Department of Engineering Trades


Centre for Renewable Energy at Dundalk Institute of Technology (Credit)


Master of Science in Renewable Energy Systems (taught programme)


Centre for Renewable Energy at Dundalk Institute of Technology (CREDIT) Description The mission statement of the Centre for Renewable Energy at DkIT is “to assist Ireland’s transition to a renewable energy-based economy. It is recognised as an Irish centre of excellence in renewable energy.

Present renewable energy facilities at DkIT include: • A commercial (850kW) wind turbine; •

One small wind turbine;

Two heat pumps;

Four solar hot water heating systems;

CREDIT is focused on three main areas: • Renewable energy education programme development;

Three wood pellet boilers;

One wood-chip boiler;

Renewable energy research and development;

Ninety-five photovoltaic panels.


Educational programmes include the M.Sc. in Renewable Energy Systems Technology, the Renewable Energy Installer Academy, and renewable energy programmes for the general public.

CREDIT’s activities are supported by three full-time staff, as well as a number of part-time staff. The Centre for Renewable Energy at DkIT is located in the Regional Development Centre on the campus.

R&D and consultancy activities to date include: • The development of the world’s first large-scale wind turbine on a college campus; •

Research into the value of electricity storage, particularly in conjunction with wind turbines;

Consultancy services in the areas of wind energy, biofuels, and emission-free heating systems;

Project Managers of the SEI/LEADER small-scale renewable energy pilot programme to install systems in Meath, Louth, Cavan and Monaghan;

Small grid-connected wind turbine R&D;

The co-development of the ECCO model of the Irish economy, simulating its transition towards renewable energy;

Preliminary design of a campus Centre for Renewable Energy building.

Further Information Centre for Renewable Energy at Dundalk IT Dundalk Co Louth t 042 9370574 w


Master of Science in Renewable Energy Systems (taught programme) About This Programme This programme is designed to assist in Ireland’s transition from a fossil fuel, energy-based economy, to one based on renewable energies. The programme critically investigates issues relating to wind, solar, wave and biomass-derived electrical energy from both technical and economic viewpoints. The aim of the programme is to develop graduates with an advanced level of theoretical knowledge and research capability, enabling their professional development in the emerging renewable energy industry. The School of Engineering gratefully acknowledges the assistance and support of the University of Loughborough CREST Centre, whose teaching materials we have licensed. The programme will contain a major taught syllabus and research assignments. A substantial element of the Masters award will include an individual research thesis. Lectures are convened on Mondays and Fridays only to facilitate attendance by part-time candidates.

Programme Content Semester 1 • Introduction to Renewable Energy (mandatory)

Semester 2 • Energy Policy and Economics (mandatory) •

Grid Integration of Renewables (mandatory)

Research Methods (mandatory/elective)

Research Thesis (mandatory/elective) • Wind Energy 2 (elective) •

Solar Energy 2 (elective)

Bio-Energy 2 (elective)

M.Sc.: All mandatory subjects, including Research Methods and Thesis, plus two of the elective lecture modules. Postgraduate Diploma: All mandatory lecture subjects, except research methods, plus one elective.


Entry Requirements

Research Interests of Programme Team:

A 2nd-class honours degree in a Laboratory Science, or Engineering discipline. Candidates with alternative qualifications are invited to apply to the Institute. Shortlisting may apply.

Dr. Paul McArtain Manager CREDIT, Renewable Energy technologies with particular reference to Biofuel production Dr. Caroline Gilleran School of Health & Science: Biological processes for the production of energy, including microbiological and biochemical activity. Dr. Eoin Clancy School of Engineering; Thermal efficiencies in building structures, Passive buildings Dr. Larry Staudt School of Engineering; Wind Energy, Electrical utility distribution, energy storage systems Dr. Tom Dooley School of Engineering; Ocean Energy structures and Ocean Energy capture Ms. Catherine McCloskey School of Engineering; Energy Policy & Economic modeling

Fees EU Fees Stage 1: €7,500 Stage 2: €1,500

Non-EU Fees Stage 1: €8,490 Stage 2: €4,310

Wind Energy 1 (mandatory)

Solar Energy 1 (mandatory)


Water Power 1 (mandatory)

Bio-Energy 1 (mandatory)

Full-time (One academic year for lecture modules + 6 months Research thesis).

Dr. Larry Staudt Centre of Renewable Engergies School of Engineering

Part-time (1, or 2 modules per semester).

Dundalk Institute of Technology Dundalk Co LOuth

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Campus Guide North



Institute Personnel Institute Management


School of Engineering

Institute President

Mr. Denis Cummins, M.Sc.

Head of School of Engineering

Mr. Eugene Roe, B.Sc. (Eng.), C.Eng., MIEI.


Mr. Stephen McManus, M.Sc.

Head of Department of Electronics

Dr. Daniel O'Brien, M.Sc., Ph.D, M.l.E.I.CEng.

Financial Controller

Mr. Peter McGrath, B.Comm., FCMA.

& Mechanical Engineering

Head of Development

Mr. Gerry Carroll, B.Sc. (Eng.), C. Eng.,

Head of Department of Civil &

Eur. Ing, MIEI.

Environmental Engineering

Central Services Management

Mr. Pat McCormick

Head of Department of Construction

Mr. Noel McKenna M.Sc., B.Sc., H.Dip. F.R.I.C.S,

& Surveying

F.S.C.S, F.BEng., M.I.B.C Mr. John Carolan

Head of Teaching & Learning

Dr. John Dallat, Ph.D

Head of Department of

Head of Research Academic

Dr. Tim McCormac, Ph.D

Engineering Trades

Administration & Student Affairs

Ms. Linda Murphy, B.B.S

School of Health & Science

Manager Estates Manager

Mr. Conor Lait, B. Eng., MIEI.

Head of School

Dr. Edel Healy, Ph.D

I.T. Manager

Mr. James McCahill, MBA., MBCS., C.Dip.AF.

Head of Department of Nursing

Mr. Myles Hackett

Finance Manager

Ms. Marie Madigan

& Health Studies

Industrial Services Manager

Ms. Irene McCausland B.Sc., MBA.

Head of Midwifery Section

Ms. Jill Atkinson, M.Sc.


Ms. Lorna O’Connor

Head of Department of

Dr. Breda Brennan, B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D

H.R. Manager

Mr. Gerard O'Driscoll, B. Comm.

Applied Sciences:

Head of Lifelong Learning

Mr. Anton Barrett, M.A

Admissions Office

Mr. Fergal Smyth

School Liaison Officer

Ms. Noreen Carney M.A. H.Dip.Ed.

School of Informatics & Creative Arts

International Marketing Officer

Mr. Michael Stewart, B.A

Head of School

Dr. Gerard Bob McKiernan, Ph.D

Head of Department of Mathematics

Dr. Christian Horn, Ph.D

School of Business & Humanities Head of School of Business Studies

& Computing Mr. Cathal Kearney, B.Comm., M.B.A

Head of Dept of Financial Management & Professional Studies

Mr. Shane Hill, DMS, M.B.A., MMII

Head of Department of Humanities

Dr. David Getty, D.Phil., B.Sc. (Hons.), PGCUT

Head of Section of Hospitality Studies

Ms. Brianáin Erraught

Head of Department of Music and

Dr. Eibhlís Farrell, B.Mus, M.Mus, LLCM, FRSA,

Creative Media

Member of Aosdána, Ph.D,

element design

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