Postgraduate

  • Areas of Study
  • Funding Opportunities
  • President’s Research Fellowship Programme

Areas of Study

gameCORE offers research opportunities at level 9 (Masters Degree by Research) and level 10 (PhD Degree by Research).

The gameCORE group has key expertise in the following areas and is always on the lookout for students wishing to undertake MSc or PhD studies in these areas:

  • Gamification
  • Game Based Learning
  • Game Design and Development
  • Technology Enhanced Learning
  • Data Science, Ambient Assisted Living (AAL)
  • AI and Machine Learning, Internet of Things (IOT)
  • Cybersecurity
  • Blockchains
  • Network Design and Management.

If you are interested in exploring the possibility of doing a Masters or PhD, the first thing you need to do is to find a supervisor with appropriate expertise and experience in an area you’re interested in. You can find the research interests of gameCORE staff on the Team page and can contact them directly or contact gameCORE through the contact form below and we will discuss the available options.

Funding Opportunities

There are a number of different postgraduate funding schemes available to anyone wishing to undertake a research based postgraduate course (MSc or PhD). Available funding sources include:

Employment Based Postgraduate Programme
The Employment Based Postgraduate Programme provides funding for companies to employ high-calibre Researchers to work onsite with them. Details on how to apply are available here

Irish Research Council Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme
The Irish Research Council Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme supports suitably qualified Research Masters and Doctoral candidates pursuing or intending to pursue full-time research in any discipline. Details on how to apply are available here

President’s Research Fellowship
This scholarship is funded by IT Carlow. Details on how to apply are available here

If you are interested in undertaking research with gameCORE as a postgraduate student check out our current opportunities section where you will find details on IT Carlow’s President’s Fellowship awards.

The Irish Research Council (IRC) has a number of postgraduate scholarships suitable for high calibre graduates interested in pursuing a career in research. Schemes include the Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme, the Enterprise Partnership Scheme and the Employment Based Programme. More information about these schemes can be found on the IRC website. gameCORE researchers can support you in developing your application.

President’s Research Fellowship Programme

IT Carlow established the President’s Research Fellowship Programme in order to enable and promote academic excellence. The programme supports new researchers seeking to work on exciting and challenging projects in a dynamic research environment under the committed and skilful supervision of established researchers.

Research projects are typically advertised during the second term of each academic year. Please check this page regularly or get in touch with the gameCORE director if you are interested in applying.

Current benefits

The 2-year Fellowship for a Masters by Research provides the following benefits (total for 2 years’ study)

  • Payment of tuition, capitation and examination fees valued at up to €10,000
  • A total stipend of €10,000 (paid in quarterly installments)
  • An allowance for necessary materials / consumables associated with the project (amount set and varies with discipline area)
  • An allowance of €1,000 for travel associated with conferences / dissemination of research outputs)
  • Access to Postgraduate Conference support of up to €1500
  • Dedicated research space and facilities

Candidate requirements

The Fellowships will be of interest to the highest quality candidates and those eligible for funding as President’s Fellows will have a first-class or a 2.1 honours degree.

Students will also be expected to undertake two hours teaching per week. This will typically be to a first or second year class group. They will be supported by their supervisors/relevant module leader in this and are expected to undertake the 10-credit Level 9 module in Teaching and Learning to facilitate the development of their teaching skills.

Students are also expected to undertake other structured modules in research methods and analysis and project management, in order to build their research skills. Students will receive credit for these modules.

Application process

Approved Fellowships will be advertised on the IT Carlow website, social media and other relevant channels. The filling of the Fellowship positions will be subject to open competition. The interview board will include supervisor(s), Head of Department / Head of Faculty, gameCORE director or member and Development Department representation. Candidates may be required at interview to do a presentation demonstrating their aptitude for facilitating a class group.

Receipt of the Fellowship will be conditional on successful registration with IT Carlow and QQI for a Master’s Degree by Research.