Postgraduate Programme fees
Each postgraduate programme incurs a programme tuition fee payable to WIT. Fee details are available from the Postgraduate Fee Schedule displayed below. Postgraduate Fees are set each year and include the registration fee, tuition fee and examination fee.
In addition to programme fees students should budget for their own living costs, including accommodation.
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 below
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 2016-2017 Research Postgraduate Fees:
The Research Postgraduate fee schedule outlined above will apply for academic years 2016/17, 2017/18, 2018/19 and 2019/20.
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.
WIT intends, subject to approvals, to introduce a Structured PhD programme during the 2016/17 academic year. 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.
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 below
Notes for 2016-2017 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.
- 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.
- 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 Contact Information
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Phone: 0761 087 874
http://www.studentfinance.ie/ – Student Finance website
Irish Research Council
The Irish Research Council (‘the Council’) was established by Minister Sean Sherlock T.D. in March 2012. The Council was formed through the merger of the Irish Research Council for Humanities and Social Sciences (IRCHSS) and the Irish Research Council for Science, Engineering and Technology (IRCSET) and the Council is a sub-board of the HEA. Building on solid foundations laid down by the former councils, the Irish Research Council will deliver enhanced opportunities and benefits to the Irish research community. The Irish Research Council will enable the Irish research community to contribute to the body of global knowledge across the diversity of disciplines, recognising the importance of research and scholarship for all aspects of cultural, economic and societal development.
The Irish Research Council manages a suite of inter-linked research schemes, funding scholars at various career stages, from postgraduate study to senior research project-based awards. For early stage researchers these include the Government of Ireland Post-Graduate Scholarships and Government of Ireland Post-Doctoral Fellowships, which fund research at pre- and post-doctoral levels, and the Research Development Initiative Scheme, which allows researchers and research teams to expand their activities into new research areas by way of stimulus project grants and knowledge transfer initiatives.
Teagasc Walsh Fellowship
Teagasc is the agriculture and food development authority in Ireland. It is a major employer of postgraduate Walsh Fellowship students with some 140 pursuing PhD programmes at any one time. A budget of €3.2 million per annum is committed to the programme. There are up to 30 new places each year with a grant of €21,000 per student.
The Fulbright Commission in Ireland annually awards scholarships to Irish and EU students, scholars and professionals to study, research and lecture across all disciplines in the US. Fulbright Awards include a monetary grant, visa administration, accident and emergency insurance and cultural and professional programs while in the US.
Ireland Newfoundland Partnership
There are a growing number of education exchanges between Ireland and Newfoundland. Formal cooperation agreements have been signed by at least ten Irish third-level education institutions with Newfoundland’s Memorial University, Marine Institute, Sir Wilfred Grenfell College and the College of the North Atlantic. Many of these relationships have been fostered by the INP's annual education grant scheme.
Tyndall National Access Programme (NAP)
The Tyndall National Institute in Cork provides access for researchers to state-of-the-art research facilities & equipment, funded by Science Foundation Ireland, with consequent benefits for research quality, innovation & economic competitiveness. This programme is open on an all-island basis to all research staff and post graduate students of academic institutions, providing eligible researchers with access to Tyndall Institute facilities and expertise through a cost-share model.
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.
You will find a comprehensive list of Irish and EU funders in our useful links 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.
WIT has an Advanced Scholars Scheme whereby applicants with a first class honours degree from WIT can compete for an award within their School.