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Business - Research

This two year programme involves the preparation of a research-based thesis under the supervision of a senior member of the academic staff.

The MPhil in Business is aimed at graduates of management, business studies and related areas wishing to further their graduate studies via a heavily research-based line of study, with a view either to pursuing a career in academia or in a variety of industries.

The duration of this research based Masters is 18 months to 2 years full-time, or 2 to 4 years part-time.

The MPhil in Business is aimed at graduates of management, business studies and related areas wishing to further their graduate studies via a heavily research-based line of study, with a view either to pursuing a career in academia or in a variety of industries.

What will I learn?

Students will benefit throughout the two years of thesis preparation and delivery from the international-standard and academic knowledge of UCD Smurfit School professors who, in turn, guide students through an area that fits in with the School’s research agenda and expertise

A comprehensive grounding in research methodology, via direct academic supervision and also via taught modules that are essential in honing students’ research skills and thinking

In-depth insight into the essential quantitative and qualitative tools and techniques required for subsequent research activity

Advanced exploration of students’ chosen research area via specially-dedicated modules

How will I benefit?
All the necessary tools and expertise are made available to MPhil students to ensure that they receive the best possible preparation for their thesis, as well as a potential stepping-stone to more advanced-level research

• A comprehensive training that is both educational and technical, enabling students to deepen their understanding of their chosen area whilst refining their research techniques

• The academic expertise and research experience of senior faculty members, who supervise students throughout the Masters, monitor their progress and guide them in their choice of specialist research area

• This fully-recognised postgraduate research degree can provide a springboard to a PhD and subsequent academic career. Alternatively, other graduates go on to employment in fields such as management, public policy or journalism

Course features

Structured curriculum – the course has been carefully designed to build up essential skills over the first year before then embarking upon guided research activity in the second

Suitability for many profiles - this course is suitable for students coming in directly from undergraduate studies or those in employment but with an academic background in business or a related field of study

Diverse student body – the MPhil is taken by a varied body of Irish and international students, making for an especially rich learning experience

Entry requirements

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

Entry requirements

Applicants must have one of the following:
(1) A minimum 2.1 primary degree in Commerce or Business Studies, or in a subject closely related to the proposed area of study
(2) An appropriate Masters degree (or equivalent) from a recognised higher education institution

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

Applicants must also submit A 500-word research proposal outlining:
(1) The chosen topic
(2) The nature, scope and methodology of study
(3) The relevance or importance of the topic
(4) A preliminary literature review

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

Original references are required. Please arrange for referees to post their references to the Centre For Doctoral Research, Smurfit School, Carysfort Avenue, Balckrock, 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 Original References and must be received by relevant application deadlines

For non-native English speakers (except those whose primary degree was taken in English), an English language qualification is required:
IELTS: An overall score of 6.5, with a minimum of 6 in each section

Duration

The duration of this research based Masters is 2 years full-time.

Careers or further progression

The MPhil from UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School prepares graduates for a wide range of careers. Our recent graduates work in a variety of occupations including management, research, public policy and journalism. Others have gone on to pursue doctoral research studies.

Further enquiries

Admissions Office
UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School
Carysfort Avenue, Blackrock, Co Dublin
Telephone: +353 1 716 4321/8033/4302
Email: smurfit.admissions@ucd.ie

Subjects taught

The Research Masters MPhil from UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School is a flexible course that enables students to use different models of education and research for different disciplines. The duration of this research based Masters is 18 months to 2 years full-time, or 2 to 4 years part-time.

Set 1 modules

BMGT50040 Research Measurement & Design 7.5 Credits
GSBL50050 Approaches and Techniques in Qualitative Research 7.5 Credits
STAT40470 Introduction to Quantitative Methods I 5 Credits
STAT40480 Introduction to Quantitative Methods II* 5 Credits

* Students must have completed STAT40470 prior to taking this module

Set 2 Modules
Modules specific to the student’s chosen area of research

Enrolment and start dates

Start date: To be agreed with School

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