Master of Science in Engineering Research and Innovation

  • Master of Science in Engineering Research and Innovation
  • NFQ Level 9
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  • 1 Year Full-time
  • Carlow
  • Not applicable
  • Overview
  • Entry Requirements
  • Further Study & Careers
  • PAC Codes & Fees
  • How to apply
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The capacity of a business to innovate through new or improved products and services is fundamental to its competitive and commercial success. The objective of this unique practise-focused Masters programme is to cultivate an integrated professional skillset in graduates (science, engineering, design, computing and business) for the effective management of the innovation process through the development of strategic, research-led and knowledge transfer capabilities.

You will learn how new products and services are created and how they get to market as well as how innovation is managed in different types of organisations.

The programme is designed to connect, integrate and embed research activity within regional small and medium enterprises and to meet an identified skills gap within that sector.

The programme will facilitate learners to explore their own interests in an active and practical way through undertaking research projects with local companies. You will experience what it means to carry out research and how to develop real life scenarios for organisations by working in a project based way to apply the knowledge acquired through the modules.

Why choose this programme?

The programme is designed for students or professionals who want to gain employment or apply practical research skills in their current work environment in the area of research and innovation. It is equally suited to final year students who wish to extend or develop a current project to a Level 9 degree for application within a real work environment.

The course will provide students with a comprehensive skill set in research and innovation and provides a strong foundation for further postgraduate study, particularly for PhD research.

What subjects will I study?

Mandatory Modules

  • Research Project/Research Papers
  • Research Methods for Engineering

Elective Subjects

  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management
  • Technology Integration
  • Design Driven Innovation
  • Innovation for Sustainable Enterprise
  • Post-Processing for Smart Industry
  • Materials Selection in Sustainable Engineering Design
  • Data Analysis for Advanced Manufacturing
  • Advanced Manufacturing for Industry

Entry Requirements

Applicants require a Bachelors degree (Level 8) or equivalent (minimum 2nd class honours) in an appropriate discipline (see paragraph 1 above).

Candidates with significant experience (as determined by RPL), may also be considered for entry.

All Non-EU applicants should refer to the International section of the SETU website for further information.

Study & Career Opportunities

Graduates may pursue Level 10 (PhD) study opportunities upon successful completion of this programme.

On completion of this programme students should be able to:

  • Analyse the current innovative performance of an organisation;
  • Work with a range of innovation management skills;
  • Utilise a research and enquiry based approach to business problems;
  • Analyse and resolve problems across a range of competing demands and disciplines/industry function perspectives;
  • Understand and facilitate project delivery. 

Course Codes & Fees

Course Code Course Title Campus Location Schedule Fees Closing date for applications
SE71C Master of Science in Applied Research and Innovation Carlow Full-time €5,500 Go to the postgraduate applications section for full details on all courses below

How to apply

  1. Research & choose your course from our wide range of postgraduate offerings.
  2. Check out all of the relevant entry requirements, course code and closing dates, taking time to read SETU Carlow's FAQs and application instructions on the Admissions section of the website.
  3. Get started on your postgraduate journey at SETU Carlow!

For admissions queries from Irish or European applicants, please email:

All Non-EU international applicants may refer to the International section of the website for further details or email:


Dr Dean Callaghan
PhD, BEng
Programme Director

International (Non-EU) applicants may contact:
P: 00353-59-9175205