Master of Science Applied Research Innovation

  • Master of Science Applied Research and Innovation
  • NFQ Level 9
  • For more information, go to the Postgraduate - Admissions section of the website
  • 1 Year Full-time/2 Years Part-time
  • Carlow
  • Not applicable
  • Overview
  • Entry Requirements
  • Further Study & Careers
  • PAC Codes & Fees
  • How to apply
  • Contact


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 organisation.

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 course?

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 programme 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 will I be able to do when I finish this course?

On completion of this course 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. 

What subjects will I study?

  • Innovation Integration Management
  • Applied Research Methods
  • Entrepreneurship and Business
  • Model Bootcamp
  • Research, develop and produce three industry-based research papers
  • Design Thinking for Innovation


Entry Requirements

Applicants require an Honours degree (ideally a 2.1 or above in a cognate STEM or business orientated discipline) or equivalent. Graduates of other disciplines with significant business/ industry experience will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

All applicants will be required to provide a personal statement and may attend an interview as part of the entry requirement for this course.

All Non-EU applicants should refer to the International section of the IT Carlow website for more information.

Study & Career Opportunities

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

Course Codes & Fees

Course Code Course Title Campus Location Schedule Fees Closing date for applications
CWE03 Master of Science Applied Research Innovation  Carlow Full-time €5,500  

How to apply

  1. Research & choose your course from our wide range of postgraduate offerings on our website or in our prospectus.
  2. Check all of the relevant course information including entry requirements, course code and closing dates, taking time to read the Application Instructions.
  3. Get started on your postgraduate journey at IT Carlow!

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

All Non-EU applicants should refer to the International section of the website.


Part-time applicants may contact:
Dr Cathal Nolan PHD, MEng, PgDip, BEng
t: 059 917 5407