Post Grad Studies

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Taught Postgraduate Programmes
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The closing date for most postgraduate programmes is 1 June, although this may vary across the Institute. Provisional offers may be made to those who have not yet completed their final examinations.

Research Postgraduate Programmes

Application forms for research postgraduate programmes are available from the Postgraduate Research Cooordinator: tel + 353 (0)90 642 4535/646 8117 and email mduffy@ait.ie
All applications for postgraduate research programmes to AIT must adhere to the criteria and processes outlined in the Institute’s Procedures and Guidelines for Postgraduate Research at the Institute.
Closing dates for applications for postgraduate research programmes may vary (usually dependant on the source of funding for the project). Candidates should contact the appropriate Head of School/Department or the Office of Research for details. Postgraduate research programme start dates are dependant on, and consistent with, programme closing dates.

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Following a competitive application process by staff to a funding agency, advertisements seeking eligible postgraduate researchers will be placed in appropriate media. Interested candidates should complete the postgraduate research application form and forward it, along with certified transcripts of examination results, to the Office of Research. The Office of Research coordinates and manages the postgraduate research student selection and recruitment process. Once a successful applicant is identified, the Head of School/Department will then undertake to identify a potential research supervisor who will liaise with the applicant and the Postgraduate Research Office to manage the subsequent application process.

Applications for Student/Self-Funded Projects
If you intend to carry out your postgraduate research degree by self-funding your research, you are advised to contact the appropriate Head of School/Department with your research proposal. Candidates are then required to complete the postgraduate research application form and forward it, along with certified transcripts of examination results, to the Head of School/Department. The applicant will be interviewed by School personnel to determine the suitability of the proposed research and the availability of required resources and facilities within the Institute.

If the applicant is deemed suitable, and the research deemed an appropriate subject area for AIT, the Head of School/Department will then undertake to identify a potential research supervisor who will liaise with the applicant and the Postgraduate Research Office to manage the subsequent application process.


Project Approval/Ratification Process
Following meetings with the Head of School/Department and/or the allocated research supervisor (in the case of self-funding candidates), or interviews held by the Office of Research (in the case of research granted-funded candidates), candidates’ details are then submitted to the Institute’s Postgraduate Research Office for ratification within the institute. To facilitate this process, applicants are required to complete an application form for registration for a research degree programme. For programmes where AIT does not have delegated authority to make its own awards, applicants should complete the HETAC application form for registration for a research degree programme, which is presented to the Postgraduate Review Group meeting for consideration. The group will consider the research proposal and review the candidate’s suitability to the proposed programme with regard to qualifications, experience, funding available, allocated supervisor(s), etc. as per AIT’s Procedures and Guidelines for Postgraduate Research at the Institute.

Applications approved by the Postgraduate Review Group meeting are subject to ratification by the Institute’s Research, Innovation and Enterprise Committee, which is a sub-committee of Academic Council. For programmes in research areas where AIT does not have delegated authority to make its own awards, the application will also be sent to HETAC, the Institute’s ultimate awarding body, for assessment in accordance with their procedures.

The candidate will be informed in writing of the outcome of the Research, Innovation and Enterprise Committee meeting. In the case of an applications not being approved, the application will be returned to the applicant/supervisor outlining the reasons as to why the application was unsuccessful.