Business - Research - Athlone

Why take this course?
- A Doctor of Philosophy qualification is the highest level of education in a particular field.
- It typically involves several years of advanced original research that culminates in the submission of a thesis or dissertation.
- The process of earning a Ph.D. can be challenging, but it is also an opportunity to make significant contributions to one’s field of study
Obtaining a Ph.D. is a demonstration of one’s expertise, knowledge and research capabilities in a specific area of study.
- A Ph.D. usually lasts 4 years primarily focused on original, independent research In TUS Faculty of Business and Hospitality, a Ph.D. can be taken part-time or full time
- A part-time mode will offer some flexibility on timespan
- In TUS our structured Ph.D. also includes taught research methods classes to support the student journey.
- Throughout the research, students are required to pass exams and defend their thesis in front of a committee of experts in their field.
- A Ph.D. is not just for academics – undertaking a PhD can add significant professional and personal development value to you and your employer.

What will I experience?
- Access to primary supervisor with expertise in the discipline and specific topic area
- Access to supervision panel from within TUS and beyond. Your second supervisor may be from our RUN-EU network, for example.
- Access to core online modules which support you on your research journey
- RUN-EU, our alliance of European universities, allows you to pursue funded mobility visits to partner universities in our network to avail of external expertise
- Opportunities to publish, create research with impact
- A strong support network. You will join a community of PhD students in the Faculty of Business and Hospitality.
- Shared office space with desk, IT equipment and access to specialist labs as required.

Entry requirements

TUS regulations stipulate that the normal entry route for inclusion on the PhD registrar is transfer from the masters register (Section 1.6.17), Where direct entry to the PhD register is available, the minimum entry requirement is an honours primary bachelor’s degree with a minimum classification of 2.1 honours.

Where a student is transferring from a masters register, this student will have met the entry requirements for that register which are as follows:

An honours primary bachelor’s degree with a minimum classification of 2.2 honours or equivalent qualification.
A postgraduate diploma equivalent to a 2.2 honours level 8 award.

Application dates

Your first step is to make contact with us for an informal discussion.
We will then connect you with appropriate supervisors and work on a project proposal with you.
Admission is offered in February and October.
Contact us early – the proposal writing process and admission can take several months.

Expression of Interest invited


4 years

Enrolment dates

Admission is offered in February and October.
Please contact us for an informal conversation if you are interested in pursuing a PhD with us. You can contact a potential supervisor by searching through our staff interests, or contact the Head of Department for further information.

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What opportunities might it lead to?
The PhD programme in the Faculty of Business and Hospitality will open up a wide range of career opportunities, depending on your specific topic of study, your motivations, and your interests and skills.

Some potential opportunities include:

- Academic careers: A PhD is often a requirement for lecturing and research roles in universities.
- Research positions: Many organisations, including private companies, government agencies, and non-profit organizations, hire PhDs for research positions. These roles may involve conducting original research, analysing data, and developing new products or technologies.
- Consulting: PhDs with expertise in specific fields may work as consultants, advising businesses and organizations on topics related to their area of expertise.
- Entrepreneurship: PhDs may use their specialized knowledge to start their own businesses, particularly in fields such as science, engineering, and technology.
- Government and policy: Many government agencies and non-profit organizations require experts with advanced degrees to help shape policy decisions.
- Non-academic research roles: PhDs may work in research roles outside of academia, such as in think tanks, research institutes, or other organisations.

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Doctoral (Level 10 NFQ)

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    Full time,Daytime

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