PhD degree by research

This is the degree that you create for yourself.  You are on an exciting journey. A doctorate degree is the highest level of degree that the School offers. We offer this degree in two ways – for practitioners, in the doctorate of business administration (see dedicated section in this part of our site), or for researchers, in the PhD.  The distinction between the two depends on where you choose to make your contribution either to practice or to theory.

If you are considering doing a PhD degree, you must be independent-minded, self-motivated and reliant, and enjoy making a contribution to what is known about your particular subject.  Students who complete research degrees are often interested in working in universities as lecturers or researchers, or in advanced analytical roles in companies or public bodies.

The starting point for a PhD by research degree is finding an appropriate supervisory match.  This relationship is critical. The School will ask you for a curriculum vitae and a research proposal before you can start your research degree.  You will normally be guided in the development of your proposal by a member of our academic staff.

If you are interested in discussing research degrees in the School you can contact the Institute’s research office, any member of the School’s staff or the following:

Ms. Anne Sweeney, Programme Leader for Research Degrees ([email protected])

Mr. Ger Long, Head of Department of Accounting and Economics ([email protected])

Ms. Joan McDonald, Head of Department of Management and Organisation ([email protected])

Prof. Denis Harrington, Head of Department of Graduate Business ([email protected])

Dr. Thomas O’Toole, Head of School of Business ([email protected]).