The PhD programme is a four year structured programme which involves coursework in research methods, discipline specific courses and generic skills and training.
Our PhD programme is a key part of our research culture and has a global reputation for excellence and facilities that are second-to-none. We have a large number of PhD students and post-doctorate researchers from many countries, doing research of the highest international quality.
The programme is aimed at graduates with an excellent academic background in business or an area relevant to their chosen field of research. It is designed for those who intend to pursue a career in academia, business education, research, consultancy or related professions.
Our structured PhD programme is centred on the preparation of a research thesis, which must contain material of a publishable/peer reviewed standard. You will prepare the thesis under the guidance of a Principle Supervisor and submit it within four years of registration for full-time students and six years for part-time students.
In addition, we provide a set of taught courses on research methodology, advanced disciplinary knowledge, and personal and professional competencies. The modules on research methodology focus on philosophical positions in social science research, quantitative methods, qualitative methods, and research management and design. Discipline-specific modules are taken in consultation with your supervisor and your Doctoral Studies Panel (which is a panel of two to four doctoral studies advisers that supports and advises the student and the supervisor(s) throughout the doctoral programme). There is also the opportunity to take modules that focus on other competencies such as teaching and communication skills. In addition, PhD students can also avail of extensive training in transferable skills and research management skills offered to all PhD students in UCD.
Your PhD is structured into two stages. Stage 1 is an initial period of advanced education and normally comprises 90 ECTS credits so that it can be completed by a full-time student in one calendar year. At the end of Stage 1, students may apply to transfer to Stage 2, which is largely dedicated to original doctoral research but may also include taught modules. Students with a relevant masters degree may be admitted directly to Stage 2.
All PhD students are required, with the support of their Doctoral Studies Panel, to develop a Research and Professional Development Plan that describes the students educational, training and personal and professional development needs.