Information on research degrees
Doctoral Programme (PhD)
DIT's structured PhD Programme requires a maximum of four years full-time (or eight years part-time) independent and original research work. Graduates must submit a thesis which shows the ability to propose new advanced skills, tools, methods or materials and extend existing knowledge.
To apply for direct entry to the Doctoral Register, an applicant must possess a 2.1 honours degree or a Master's degree in a related subject or discipline area.
For a Masters degree by research a student will normally do the equivalent of up to two years full-time (or four years part-time) research at an advanced level. A thesis is submitted for examination on completion. The thesis should show independent thought and work by the student, a scholarly approach and a critical appreciation of the context and the significance of their work.
To apply for direct entry to the Master's Register, an applicant must have the equivalent of a least a second class honours primary degree in a relevant subject or discipline. Students are encouraged to transfer to PhD level after at least one year through a formal transfer examination.
The Postgraduate Diploma by research is normally awarded after one year's full-time (or two years part-time) research work at an advanced level in a given discipline. A thesis is submitted for examination. This consists of a substantial written report which shows a specialist field of knowledge and the ability to implement complex processes relating to the field.
To qualify for entry to the Postgraduate Diploma register, an applicant must normally possess a primary degree in a relevant subject and demonstrate an aptitude for and ability to carry out research work at the appropriate level. Students are encouraged to transfer to Masters level after a six-month period through a formal transfer examination.
For more information contact the Graduate Research School Office.