Business - Research

We Are A Research-intensive Business School, Proactively Driven To Produce Groundbreaking Research That Has Vital And Immediate Real-world Application.

DCU Business School is characterised by a vibrant research community and we provide unrivalled research support to postgraduate research students.

Our research meets head-on the strategic and operational challenges ahead for modern organisations. We focus intensively on real business world problems. Our strong suite of specialisms, led by dynamic research groups of academics, business specialists, researchers and educators, means we can work across the disciplines to bring practical, multi-dimensional solutions to modern business problems.

We harness the deep academic expertise within our faculty, our very active industry relationships, and the strength of our international partners' research experience. As a result, we are national leaders in translating research knowledge into tangible benefits for Ireland's island economy and the Eastern Corridor.

Currently we have over 60 post-graduate students, registered in PhD and Doctorate programmes. Their research topics reflect the diverse nature of the School's research activities and our research strengths.

Browse the list of current research students' project titles and supervisors to get a flavour of the diversity of our work and to see if your research idea could be pursued at DCU.

Having a research degree marks you out as someone with both specialist knowledge in your discipline and the ability and commitment to manage and complete a demanding and challenging piece of academic research.

DCU Business School Research Programmes are supported throughout the research programme. Students are given supervision of an expert panel, students are encouraged to attend seminars, present at conferences and publish work in scholarly articles.

Entry requirements

To register for a Postgraduate Research programme, a candidate must normally have obtained a primary degree classification equivalent to Lower Second Class Honours or above, from an approved University or an approved equivalent degree-awarding body, or have an approved equivalent professional qualification in an area cognate to the proposed research topic. See

•PhD: Candidates holding an appropriate Master's degree obtained by research may apply for direct entry to the PhD register to conduct research in a cognate area.

•PhD-track: Candidates with a taught Master's degree in an appropriate discipline with first- or second-class honours, and candidates with a primary degree in an appropriate discipline with first- or second-class honours, grade one, may apply and be considered for entry to the PhD-track register with a view to proceeding towards a PhD. Such candidates will undergo a confirmation procedure, as outlined in the Academic Regulations,
before being admitted to the PhD register.

•Master's by Research: Candidates holding a primary degree equivalent to a second-class honours, grade two, may apply for entry on the research Master's register. Students on the Master's register may apply for transfer to the PhD Register under the same conditions, and using the same procedure, as PhD-track candidates requesting confirmation on the PhD register.

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DCB01 PhD - Business Studies (Part-Time)
DCB02 PhD - Business Studies (Full-Time)
DCB05 PhD-track - Business (Full-Time)
DCB06 PhD-track - Business (Part-Time)
DCB08 MPhil (Business) (Full-Time)
DCB09 MPhil (Business) (Part-time)

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  • Qualification letters

    PhD / MPhil

  • Qualifications

    Degree - Doctoral (Level 10 NFQ)

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