Management & Marketing - Research

The Graduate Research Centre of the Kemmy Business School (KBS), which is home to our full-time PhD and Masters degree students, is situated in the Foundation Building at the University of Limerick (which also houses a large part of the University’s research activity across all faculties). The Centre was established in 1993 with the purpose of ensuring that students engaged in postgraduate research have a “home” and an identity, and to provide the services and infrastructure necessary for their studies. The Centre hosts more than 100 postgraduate students pursuing Masters and PhD degrees across a range of business disciplines. It also embraces a number of research centres which facilitate the grouping of faculty, research fellows, postgraduate students and post-doctorate students who share common research interests.

All research students are key members of our four cutting-edge research themes under the umbrella theme of “Organisation Science & Public Policy”. Additional information on our thematic approach to research is available at

KBS offers research degrees at both Masters and PhD levels: students can apply and register at any stage of the academic year for a research degree, both part-time and full-time, as applications are considered monthly during the academic year.

Upon graduation many KBS graduates take up senior academic posts, or secure positions with government or private sector organisations.

Whatever your future plans, a research degree from the KBS will give you an opportunity to make an impact.

Entry requirements

The requirements listed below are the minimum requirements set by the University. Individual Faculties may have specific requirements and applicants are requested to identify a potential supervisor before submitting an application for a research programme.

Applicants to a Research Degree Programme (minimum entry requirements)

An appropriate master's or equivalent qualification that has been obtained from a University or other institution recognised by UL following a period of study similar to that required in UL. A candidate who holds a master's degree in a discipline other than that in which the doctoral research is intended to be pursued shall be considered for entry under rule 5.4.1b, or

An honours primary bachelor's degree with a minimum classification of 2.1 honours or equivalent qualification, or

An honours primary bachelor's degree with a minimum classification of 2.2 honours or equivalent qualification, or

A degree or equivalent qualification, other than that specified in 5.4.1a, 5.4.1b or 5.4.1c and a minimum of four years' acceptable professional experience at an appropriate and relevant level may be considered for entry to the master's register.

Candidates within this category without a minimum of four years' acceptable professional experience will be considered for entry under regulation 5.4.4.

For further information on the Research Postgraduate Academic Regulations, Please see Chapter 5

(Handbook of Academic Regulations & Procedures)

Requirements for research programmes.
Applicants to research programmes are also advised to meet the minimum requirements listed below or to provide a letter from their proposed supervisor stating that the supervisor is satisfied with the applicant's level of English.

Minimum Requirements

TOEFL - a minimum score of 550 (paper based) or 213 (computer-based) or 80 (internet based) in the TOEFL test

IELTS - The British Council/University of Cambridge Local Syndicate's test of Academic English, International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with a composite score in the range of 6-6.5 and not less than 6 in any one component, for entry to degree programmes in the Faculty of Science & Engineering and a composite score in the range of 6.5-7 and not less than 6 in any one component, for entry to programmes in the Faculties of Business, Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences and Education & Health Sciences.

Leaving Certificate English at Grade D Ordinary Level or above

University of Dublin (Trinity College) English Composition (not English Literature) at Pass Level or above

GCE O Level English Language at Grade C or above

GCSE English language at Grade C or above

CSE Grade 1 Pass in English

Hong Kong Certificate of Education, English Language Syllabus B, Grade C or better

The following standard in English Language examinations set by certain GCE Examination Boards - any one of


Associated Examining Board (AEB)
C or above

Oxford Delegacy of Local Examinations (Oxford)
C or above

Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate Syndicate (Cambridge) School Certificate Pass in the range 1-6

University of London University Entrance and School Examinations Council (London)
School Certificate Pass in the range 1-6

A pass in the Use of English examinations administered by bodies as listed under GCE Examination Board

A pass in the Oxford Examining Body's English as a Foreign Language (Higher Paper)

A pass in English in the Joint Matriculation Board (JMB) Test in English (Overseas) examination

Matriculation examinations from European countries where English is presented as a subject and an acceptable level is achieved

One of the following other University of Cambridge ESOL exams:

a grade C or higher on a Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)

grade A on a Certificate in Advanced English (CAE)


2 - 4 years

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ),Degree - Doctoral (Level 10 NFQ)

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    Daytime,Full time

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