Award Type and NFQ level : RESEARCH PH.D. (10)

CAO/PAC code : MH10D;MH11D

CAO Points :

The PhD Finance programme creates a framework that complements and supports independent research in the field of finance, whilst providing milestones through which the graduate student will advance, and structured educational inputs to support and develop the student. Students are required to complete a written thesis and viva voce examination together with at least 15 credits in subject–specific modules and at least 15 credits in transferable skills. The programme can be undertaken on a full or part-time. 

PhD students generally start their programme in either September or January.

Applicants must have a minimum of 2.1 overall in MA/MSc degree in Economics or Finance and a minimum of B- (or equivalent) in core modules in the acquired degree. Depending on the degree, core modules may include Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Econometrics and/or Finance. If the applicant’s MA/MSc is from a university other than Maynooth University, the PhD applicant may be required to take a qualifying exam in Microeconomic Theory, Finance and Econometrics.

Minimum English language requirements: please visit Maynooth University International Office website for information about English language tests accepted and required scores. The requirements specified are applicable for both EU and non-EU applicants.

Maynooth University's TOEFL code is 8850

The student, on registration, holds an introductory meeting with their supervisor(s) where a customised and individualised 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 years full-time, 6 years part-time

- Lecturer and researcher in 3rd level institution
- Financial & consulting careers at institutions such as commercial banks, economic consulting firms, stockbrokers
- Careers as a financial economist at state institutions such as the Central Bank, Irish Financial Services Regulatory Authority, Treasury Department.

- Research institutions such as ESRI, Central Statistics Office Ireland
- International institutions such as the World Bank and the IMF

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 

PAC Code MH10D PhD Finance Full-time

PAC Code MH11D PhD Finance 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 their birth certificate or valid passport. 


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