Business - Research

School Description:
Trinity Business School is recognized for its unique and innovative degree programmes, commitment to research-based teaching, internationalism, strong relationships with Irish and global organizations in the private, public and voluntary sectors and for an intimate, tutorially-oriented educational philosophy. The School's mission is to educate the most able school leavers, postgraduates and experienced managers, providing each with the best disciplinary competence in business and management as well as a critical and inquiring understanding of organizations. The School's vision is to be a leading, internationally ranked, centre of research, teaching and executive education located in Ireland. The School offers a range of postgraduate opportunities for research degree students and for experienced managers.

Doctoral Degree Programme
Trinity Business School offers outstanding students the opportunity to pursue advanced research, leading to the award of an M.Litt., M.Sc., or Ph.D. degree. The Doctoral Degree Programme at Trinity Business School is focused on educating and training postgraduate students for careers in business research and in international business schools.

Currently, there are 55 students enrolled on the Research Degree Programme. The School attracts students with diverse backgrounds from around the world including some who have completed a master's degree in business or management, those who have gained practical experience at a managerial level since completion of an undergraduate degree, and those who work as researchers and lecturers in a university setting.

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements
Postgraduate work in Trinity College Dublin is very academically challenging and as a result the University has high academic entry requirements.

Applicants will need to hold:
• at least a 2.1 honors degree from an Irish university or equivalent result from a university in another country
• a fluent command of the English language

Some courses may require higher standards or require you to take further tests or attend an interview.

Postgraduate Research Degrees
All students undertaking a research degree are assigned to a single principal supervisor. The supervisor's role is essentially that of an academic guide and mentor.

If you plan to carry out your degree by research, you are advised to contact the appropriate School with your research proposal and arrange a suitable supervisor before submitting your application. You should initially consult the School website for further information.

Research students are placed either directly on the Ph.D. register or on the Masters register. Research students on the Masters register may then transfer to the Ph.D. register if their progress has been satisfactory. Such transfers usually occur during the second year of full-time study.

Further enquiries

Trinity Business School
• Dean of Trinity Business School : Professor Andrew Burke
• Director of Teaching & Learning (Postgraduate): Dr. Sinead Roden
• Telephone: +353-1-896 1027
• Fax: +353-1-679 9503
• Email: Samantha Peavoy
• Url:


The Doctoral Degree Programme is offered on both a full-time and part-time basis. The broad aim of the Doctoral Degree Programme is to develop the student's ability to excel in an academic environment. The successful student may graduate with an M.Litt., M.Sc. or PhD degree.

Application date

Research Applications
No closing dates apply for application for higher degrees by research but there are only two registration periods (September and March). Applicants are advised to apply as early as possible prior to their chosen registration period as supervisory capacity may be limited.

Prior To Submitting An Electronic Application, All Applicants Should Ensure That They Have Met The Specific Programme Requirements Laid Down By Trinity Business School.

Applicants should consult Trinity Business Schools website ( for further information about the School and how to apply to the Doctoral Degree Programme (

In exceptional circumstances it may be possible to register retrospectively. Applicants wishing to be considered for retrospective admission should contact the Graduate Studies Office by emailing

Enrolment and start dates

March 2019 Entry
• Doctor in Philosophy, Business (Part-Time)
• Doctor in Philosophy, Business (Full-Time)
• Master in Letters in School of Business (Part-Time)
• Master in Letters in School of Business (Full-Time)
• Master in Science in School of Business (Part-Time)
• Master in Science in School of Business (Full-Time)

September 2019 Entry
• Doctor in Philosophy, Business (Part-Time)
• Doctor in Philosophy, Business (Full-Time)
• Master in Letters in School of Business (Part-Time)
• Master in Letters in School of Business (Full-Time)
• Master in Science in School of Business (Part-Time)
• Master in Science in School of Business (Full-Time)

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