Applications are welcome from students wishing to pursue postgraduate research study at Masters and Doctoral levels. Such applicants are strongly advised as a first step to contact the relevant department in which they wish to study. Having obtained the advice of the department, an admission form is available from the CIT Admissions Office.
In addition, postgraduate research students must apply to and be accepted onto the Postgraduate Research Register before commencing their studies. The application form is available from the Registrar's Office.
Below is a list of the steps involved in the formal application process and in most cases these step are taken in the order they are presented here.
- Step 1: Expression of interest by a prospective student and the initial formulation of a research proposal. This typically involves both the applicant and one or more supervisor(s) interested in supporting the research proposal. This results in a formal research proposal and notification to the relevant Head of Department of an intent to submit a proposal for a postgraduate research project.
- Step 2: An initial check of applicant’s qualifications evidenced through certification and/or formal transcripts. Typically this is provided to the supervisor by the applicant and in some cases the Registrar may need to verify qualifications, for example, in the case of non-standard or non-Eu applicants.
- Step 3: Pre-application discussion of the proposal in an interview with the relevant Head of Department and at least one proposed supervisor. This clarifies the need for any additional information to support the application.
- Step 4: The research application form is completed by both the applicant and proposed supervisor(s). Any related documents such as CVs, certificates or transcripts of results from qualifying exams, letters of support, references, language certification, etc. should be included with the application form before submission.
- Step 5: An assessment of the feasibility of the proposal is carried out by a panel of qualified academics other than the designated supervisors. This stage results in a statement on the feasibility of the proposal and some recommendations for changes to the research proposal may be indicated.
- Step 6: Submission of the final proposal by the supervisor and/or relavent Head of Department to the Registrar for final approval.
- Step 7: Registration of the applicant as a postgraduate student at CIT with an agreed starting date for the formal course of study.
The timescale involved in the process outlined above is estimated at a minimum of 3 months and the applicant should be available throughout all of these steps in order to provide any information necessary to complete the formal application process.
For a formal application form for a postgraduate degree, please contact:
Cork Institute of Technology,
Tel: 021 4326142 / 769