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Fees are set by WIT for the various postgraduate study by research programmes.  Postgraduate fees are payable annually and a listing of the current Postgraduate Fee schedule is available above.

In order to fulfill registration/enrolment requirements, the appropriate fee must be paid each academic year.  These fees may be paid from research funds or the student may be self-funded and pay their own fees.

Notes for 2020/2021 Research Postgraduate Fees:

  • The Research Postgraduate fee schedule outlined above will apply for academic years 2018/19, 2019/20, 2020/21 and 2021/2022

  • Please note the minimum Cumulative Research Postgraduate Tuition Fees due from full and part-time Irish/EU Research Postgraduate students are €9,000 for a Research Masters Award, €13,500 for a Traditional PhD (Full-time and Part-time) Award, €18,000 for a Structured PhD (Full-time and Part-time). These minimum fee amounts must be paid in full prior to completion and award, regardless of the actual time elapsed as a registered postgraduate student or the study mode (part-time or full-time).

  • Please note WIT has introduced a Structured PhD programme for a number of academic schools.  Candidates registering for a Structured PhD will be required to undertake a programme of training in transferrable and discipline-specific skills designed to improve and assist them in career development post-graduation. Compared to the “traditional” PhD a significant difference is that the nominal duration of the programme will change from 3 years to 4 years.  From a fees perspective this means that candidates registered for a Structured PhD are required to pay fees for a minimum of 4 years at the full fees rate.  Once the programme is approved, it is the intention that WIT will set a date beyond which all candidates applying for Research PhD study will join the structured PhD programme.

  • Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) Continuation Fees - Students registered on the Doctorate in Business Administration programme will be allowed one additional academic year to complete their final research paper. The additional academic year is only available to students in the academic year following the 4th year of the 4 year programme. Should additional time be required to complete the programme there after, the student will be charged a continuation fee of €1,000 per year.

  • To avail of the reduced fee for ‘International WIT Graduates’ International students must be self-financing and have successfully completed directly prior to entry into postgraduate studies in WIT at least two years at undergraduate levels 6-8 or a combination of undergraduate and taught postgraduate level 9  for research postgraduate study in Waterford Institute of Technology or have successfully completed an undergraduate programme levels 6-8/taught postgraduate level 9 between WIT and an approved educational partner.

Fees are set by WIT for the various Taught Postgraduate programmes.  Postgraduate fees are payable annually and a listing of the current Postgraduate Fee schedule is available above.

Notes for 2020/2021 Taught Postgraduate Fees:

  • To avail of the reduced fee for ‘International WIT Graduates’ International students must be self-financing and have successfully completed directly prior to entry into postgraduate studies in WIT at least two years at undergraduate levels 6-8 or a combination of undergraduate and taught postgraduate level 9  for research postgraduate study in Waterford Institute of Technology or have successfully completed an undergraduate programme levels 6-8/taught postgraduate level 9 between WIT and an approved educational partner.

  • Please note the ‘**INTR Module Fee’ is calculated on the overall ‘International Direct Entry’ programme fee rate.

  • International Students who are due to repeat a module will be charged at the ‘INTR Module Fee’ rate.

  • Students who have studied at WIT through the nursing programme (BSc and/or PG Dip) will be eligible for a reduced fee of €3,150 for the MSc in Nursing in WIT.

  • MSc in Computing – Reduced Fees for Irish/EU students who qualify for HEA support under the Government initiative to meet IT skills needs, identified by the Expert Group on future skills needs.

  • The Government jobs initiative; Springboard, LMA and HEA ICT Skills etc., programme fees are not included in the above Taught Postgraduate Fee Schedule.

  • Special programmes may be commissioned to meet the needs of industry partners. In such case a separate fee structure may apply.

  • All Programmes listed above are subject to demand, therefore some programmes may not run.

Student Grant Scheme (SUSI)

Students enrolling on postgraduate courses may get financial assistance under the Student Grant Scheme. Funding is only available to students at Postgraduate level for a certain amount of years and depends on their previous education.  The student grant scheme is overseen by the Department of Education and Skills and is then administered by SUSI (Student Universal Support Ireland). Students who wish to apply for a Third Level Grant, need to apply direct to SUSI.

Further details regarding the Student Grant Scheme are available from:

SUSI Grant Applications

SUSI Contact Information

 

http://www.studentfinance.ie/ – Student Finance website

Please note that the below is not an exhaustive list and represents some of the major funding agencies sponsoring and/or eligible to support postgraduate research funding at WIT. Calls for postgraduate research funding/scholarships vary in their timing and frequency throughout the year depending on the funding schedule calls of the respective sponsors/funding agencies.

Postgraduate scholarships typically involve a combination of an annual stipend, full or partial postgraduate research fees and may include a small research expense budget. The value of scholarships, eligibility criteria and application timeframes and procedures vary by funding agency, therefore it advisable to consult the relevant scheme for the most up to date information and programme documentation.

Scholarship funding can range in duration from less than one year - up to four years depending on the programme of research undertaken and the eligibility rules associated with the particular funding scheme.

The Irish Research Council

The Irish Research Council manages a suite of inter-linked research schemes, funding scholars at various career stages, from postgraduate and postdoctoral levels to senior research project-based awards. For early stage researchers there are a number of postgraduate funding opportunities operated by open, peer-reviewed funding competitions. Suited to exceptional research masters and doctoral candidates pursuing, or intending to pursue, full-time research in any discipline. 

Further information and application forms (when the call(s) open) are available from https://research.ie/funding-category/postgraduate/

Fulbright Commission

The Fulbright Commission in Ireland annually awards scholarships to Irish citizens, and E.U. citizens resident in the Republic of Ireland for 3+ years, to research, study, or lecture in the USA. For the majority of these awards, applicants may choose which U.S. organisation they would like to visit. Some sponsored awards are specific to corresponding host institutions. There are multiple categories of Fulbright grants https://www.fulbright.ie/going-to-the-usa/fulbright-irish-student-awards/. The award most relevant to postgraduate studies is the Fulbright Irish Student Award. This award scheme is open to all discipline areas and supports scholars to complete postgraduate research or study in the U.S. for a minimum period of 4 months up to 1 year Maximum. Fulbright Awards include a monetary grant, visa administration, accident and emergency insurance and cultural and professional programs while in the US.

 

Application forms and further information available from Fulbright Commission https://www.fulbright.ie/going-to-the-usa/fulbright-irish-student-awards/ or Email: [email protected]

Irish Cancer Society

The Irish Cancer Society is the largest voluntary funder of cancer research in Ireland and are committed to improving the lives of cancer patients in Ireland through research. The public donations that make their research possible allow them to fund the work of over 100 talented research professionals in top Irish institutions. Their research priority areas encompass prevention, early detection, better treatments, clinical trials, and survivorship.

Further information and application forms (when the call(s) open) are available from https://www.cancer.ie/cancer-research/researchers-hub/apply-for-funding-open-calls

Science Foundation Ireland

Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) funds oriented basic and applied research in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. SFI manage a suite of inter-linked research schemes, funding scholars at various career stages, from early stage postgraduate and postdoctoral levels to senior research project-based awards. SFI invests in academic researchers and research teams who are likely to generate new  knowledge, cutting edge technologies and competitive enterprises https://www.sfi.ie/funding/funding-calls/

Further information (when the call(s) open) are available from https://www.sfi.ie/funding/funding-calls/index.xml

Health Research Board

The Health Research Board (HRB) supports research that will create new knowledge and evidence to benefit people’s health through clinical research, patient-oriented research, population health sciences research and health services research. The HRB supports researchers and health professionals through career development awards, project and programme awards, and infrastructure initiatives supporting health research.

Further information (when the call(s) open) are available from https://www.hrb.ie/funding/funding-schemes/all-funding-schemes/

WIT Scholarship Programmes

WIT offers unique funded and co-funded scholarship opportunities through the WIT and SERD scholarship programmes. Scholarships under these schemes have been designed and developed by leading academics in WIT, many in conjunction with senior industry executives and professional associations partners. Each scholarship has been designed to encapsulate the requirements of impactful research across a broad spectrum of disciplines and industries such as ICT and digital, bio-pharma, eco-innovation, materials science, regional development, health sciences, applied social sciences and public policy, and humanities reflecting the needs and strengths of our region and addressing many of the national priorities.  

To learn more about WIT’s open PhD and/or Masters scholarship opportunities, please visit https://www.wit.ie/future_students/postgraduate_studies/funded_opportunities

The Environmental Protection Agency

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has a statutory role in coordinating environmental research. The EPA, in partnership with the Irish Research Council (IRC) Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme has in the past provided funding annually for scholarships in the key pillar areas of Climate, Water and Sustainability. These programmes offers scholarships for suitably qualified individuals to pursue a research master’s or PhD (either traditional or structured), in any discipline, at eligible higher education institutions in Ireland. Further information (when the call(s) open) are available from:

http://www.epa.ie/researchandeducation/research/epafunding/postgraduateprogrammes/

Teagasc

Teagasc – the Agriculture and Food Development Authority is the national body providing integrated research, advisory and training services to the agriculture and food industry and rural communities. The Walsh Scholarships Programme is Teagasc's postgraduate development programme, with some 140 students pursuing PhD programmes at any one time. Under this scheme, research scholarships, when available, are predefined (i.e. the title, topic and research objectives of the postgraduate research project will be defined by a funded supervisor and potentially interested eligible candidates can apply on a competitive basis). When such scholarship opportunities arise, they will be advertised at: https://www.teagasc.ie/about/research--innovation/postgraduate-scholarships/

National /EU Project Funded Scholarships

Researchers in WIT are involved in a vast array of collaborative Research Projects across all disciplines that are directly funded by national and/or European funding agencies. Some of these projects, depending on the nature of the research activity, may offer postgraduate scholarship opportunities to complete a defined programme of research aligned to the project’s objectives (i.e. the title, topic and research objectives of the postgraduate research project will be defined and potentially interested eligible candidates can apply on a competitive basis). When such scholarship opportunities arise, they will be advertised on the postgraduate funded opportunities page

 

Other funding options

  • Some research students compete for places on externally funded WIT research projects. These are advertised in the press and on Funded Masters and PhD Section.
  • Some research students are sponsored by their family or employer.
  • Some research students are self-financing. Many of these work part-time to cover their expenses. Some duties may be available within WIT to assist people in this category.

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Postgraduate funding schemes typically require that the applicant secures and names an academic supervisor in the Higher Education Institution when making a submission for a scholarship. Some funding schemes require the proposed supervisor to submit supporting documentation as part of the candidates’ application. It is advisable that potentially interested applicants themselves directly approach a potential supervisor in terms of forming a collaboration in relation to a scholarship application. Contact details and subsequent academic staff listings within the various schools in WIT can be found at: https://www.wit.ie/schools. It is advisable to engage with the Research Support Unit as early as possible in the process if you are intending to pursue a postgraduate scholarship application to a particular funding agency, in order for us to assist and/or offer guidance in relation to your application.