The objective of the structured research programme in Business is to create a framework that complements and supports independent research, whilst providing milestones through which the graduate student will advance, and structured educational inputs to support and develop the student. In doing so, the student will be provided with a robust structure for guiding them through the key stages of the PhD programme towards completion. Students will be introduced to the components of advanced research and will be encouraged to actively participate in academic communication and publishing, where applicable. The rigorous nature of the structure aims to ultimately extend the student's capability to contribute to theory by developing new knowledge. Alongside exceptional research training and support, the structured doctorate in Business also aims to provide doctoral graduates with the requisite skills to engage in university-based and broader business and civil communities outside academic contexts.
Research applications are generally accepted at any time.
PhD students generally start their programme in either September or January.
For entry to the PhD programmes, applicants normally require a Masters Degree (Honours). Applicants must have a recognised primary degree which is considered equivalent to Irish university primary degree level.
Minimum English language requirements:
- IELTS: 6.5 minimum overall score
- TOEFL (Paper based test): 585
- TOEFL (Internet based test): 95
- PTE (Pearson): 62
Maynooth University's TOEFL code is 8850
You can learn more about the research themes of the School of Business at https://www.maynoothuniversity.ie/school-business/our-research.
Students should make direct contact with research active academics in advance of making a research proposal. You can access information on research active staff and their research interests here:
The student, on registration, holds an introductory meeting with their supervisor(s) where a customized and individualized programme of research investigation is balanced with supporting taught modules.
The Programme consists of the completion of 30 credits of structured modules, completion of a written thesis and a viva voce examination. The 30 credits of structured modules will comprise 15 credits in transferrable skills and 15 credits in a subject related area. These supported modules are identified from a suite of modules that make up the structured PhD programme in business, accounting or finance. The timing of these credits will be agreed between the student and the supervisor(s).
Annual progress reviews are part of the PhD programme in business, accounting or finance and completion of requisite generic/transferable skills modules will be taken into account when assessing student progress. Students are required to complete a written thesis and viva voce examination. Students will not be permitted to submit their thesis (or equivalent) for examination without having accumulated the required amount of credits.
Course Duration: 4 year Full-time, 6 years Part-time
Applicants should complete the following steps in order:
Secure agreement from a School of Business faculty member to supervise their research programme and develop a research proposal with this proposed supervisor
Submit an application to the School of Business PhD Director using the School of Business Application form.
Once the school has accepted your application complete the university-level online application at www.pac.ie/maynoothuniversity
MH02D PhD Business and Management Full-time, MH03D PhD Business and Management Part-time
The following information should be forwarded to PAC, 1 Courthouse Square, Galway or uploaded to your online application form:
Certified copies of all official transcripts of results for all non-Maynooth University qualifications listed MUST accompany the application. Failure to do so will delay your application being processed. Non-Maynooth University students are asked to provide two academic references and a copy of birth certificate or valid passport.