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Aimed at graduates with an excellent academic background in business or an area relevant to their chosen field of research, 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. It is designed for those who intend to pursue a career in academia, business education, research, consultancy or related professions.

We offer an excellent taught programme in the first and second years of the PhD so as to properly equip you with the skills to undertake your own research. Guided by a specifically designed Research and Professional Development Programme, you can plan and organise your coursework and research activities over the course of your studies.

Our campus setting in Blackrock is home to around 50 doctoral researchers originating from a wide variety of countries, who are less ‘students’ and more early professionals partaking in a research education of the highest quality. As a doctoral student, you are encouraged to develop your own research ideas and preferred methodology under the close guidance of a senior academic colleague.

How will I benefit?

1.You will receive structured training through taught advanced modules and close supervision to guide you in becoming a successful researcher, and to make a significant and original contribution to knowledge in business research.

2.Access to the latest business research through premium-quality academic seminars, PhD workshops, and high-profile visiting academics.

3.You will be an integral part of UCD Smurfit Business School's vibrant, globally recognised (ranked 1st in Ireland and top 50 in Europe by the FT) research community.

4.Opportunity to interact and collaborate with leading academics who publish regularly in top international business and management journals.

5.Financial support to attend top international conferences and workshops.

Curriculum

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 Principal Supervisor and submit it within four years of registration for full-time students and six years for part-time students.

Your PhD is structured into two stages. Stage 1 is an initial period of advanced education and normally comprises 90 ECTS credits. 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 Master’s degree by research 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 student’s educational, training and personal and professional development needs.

Taught Courses

Students at the College of Business are required to obtain a minimum of 30 credits from attending taught modules, which are chosen in consultation with your supervisor and Doctoral Studies Panel (comprising two to four doctoral studies advisers and designed to support and advise the student and the supervisor(s) throughout the doctoral programme).

We provide 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 also available along with the opportunity to take modules that focus on other competencies, such as teaching and communication skills. In addition, PhD students can also benefit from extensive training in transferable skills and research management skills offered to all PhD students in UCD.

There are three module sets:

Set 1 includes modules in research methods, philosophy of the social sciences and advanced methodology courses.

Set 2 includes discipline specific modules.

Set 3 includes modules in generic transferable skills. These modules will be taken over the period of study for the PhD.

Note : Students whose native tongue is not English are strongly encouraged to avail of the English for Academic Studies programme offered by the Applied Language Centre, UCD and provides students with a focused learning experience through which they can improve their language proficiency.

Entry requirements

Admission onto the UCD Smurfit School PhD is subject to stringent entrance criteria, the submission of a proposal outlining your intended line of research, references and, where appropriate, proof of linguistic and academic ability.

A minimum 2.1 primary degree in Commerce or Business Studies, or in a subject closely related to the proposed area of study
OR
An appropriate Master’s degree (or equivalent) from a recognised higher education institution
OR
Evidence of academic standing and/or relevant professional experience proving the applicant’s suitability for doctoral studies

Please submit original/certified copy of your transcript along with your application

Applicants must also submit a 1000-word research proposal outlining:

•The chosen topic
•The nature, scope and methodology of study
•The relevance or importance of the topic
•A preliminary literature review
•Please submit your research proposal along with your application

Two references attesting to the applicant’s intellectual ability, maturity and motivation. Two original references are required.

Please arrange for referees to post their references to the Centre For Doctoral Research, Smurfit School, Carysfort Avenue, Blackrock, Co Dublin or e-mail directly to jane.omara@ucd.ie. If posted, the reference should be on headed notepaper of the referee's institution. If emailed, then the email must be sent from the referee's work email.

Applications remain incomplete until the receipt of Original References and must be received by relevant application deadlines (where applicable).

Please submit a copy of your scholarly work along with your application (e.g. masters dissertation, undergraduate individual project)

For non-native English speakers (except those whose primary degree was taken in English), an English language qualification is required. Please submit original/certified copy of your English language qualification results along with your application

A Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) score may be requested for some PhD programmes.

If English is not your first language, an english language qualification is required for admission to all of our programmes. the exception to this rule is if you have completed your primary degree or an entire third level qualification through english, in an english speaking country.

Some students might have to get a student visa in order to come and study in Ireland. Please check the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Services website to see if you require a visa.

Duration

Business (B140/B141) PhD Research 3 Years FT/ 6 Years PT

Further enquiries

We are happy to discuss any aspect of the PhD programme in more detail.

If you have any questions, please contact

Jane O’Mara
Programme Manager
Telephone: +353 1 716 8064
Email: jane.omara@ucd.ie

Professor Ronan Powell
Director of Doctoral Studies
Telephone: +353-716 8074
Email: ronan.powell@ucd.ie

Application date

Application Closing Dates : 30th June 2018, 31st October 2018.

Applications are accepted on on-going basis through our On-line Application Form.

If you would like to apply, please complete an application pack consisting of:

•On-line Application Form
•Research Proposal
•Transcripts
•Two References
•Sample of Scholarly Work
•Satisfactory English Language Test Score where applicable

Applicants must submit a 1000-word research proposal outlining:

•The chosen topic
•The nature, scope and methodology of study
•The relevance or importance of the topic
•A preliminary literature review
•Please submit your research proposal along with your application

Please submit original/certified copy of your transcript along with your application

Two original references attesting to the applicant’s intellectual ability, maturity and motivation are required.

Please arrange for referees to post their references to the Centre For Doctoral Research, Smurfit School, Carysfort Avenue, Blackrock, Co Dublin or e-mail directly to jane.omara@ucd.ie. If posted, the reference should be on headed notepaper of the referee's institution. If emailed, then the email must be sent from the referee's work email.

Applications remain incomplete until the receipt of Original References and must be received by relevant application deadlines (where applicable)

Please submit a copy of your scholarly work along with your application (e.g. masters dissertation, undergraduate individual project)

For non-native English speakers (except those whose primary degree was taken in English), an English language qualification is required. Please submit original/certified copy of your English language qualification results along with your application

A Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) score may be requested for some PhD programmes.

Course fee

Fees Full-Time EU:
€6,170 (academic year 2018/2019)

Full-Time Non-EU:
€11,885 (academic year 2018/2019)

Part-Time EU*:
€4,080 per year (academic year 2018/2019)

Part-Time Non-EU*:
€7,955 per year (academic year 2018/2019)

*The minimum registration period for a part-time PhD is six years.

Enrolment and start dates

Start date: To be agreed with School

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