Maynooth University School of Business


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

CAO/PAC code : MH02D (FT), MH03D (PT)

CAO Points :

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.

Closing date
Research applications are generally accepted at any time.

September (or other agreed time)

Further information is available on the Research Degrees section of our website.

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

Information on research interests can be found at  Students should make direct contact with research active academics in advance of making a research proposal.

Other specialist areas

Proposals will also be considered in Human Resources Management and Marketing.

Please contact the School for details.

The student, on registration, holds an introductory meeting with the primary supervisor and / or a research committee, where a customised and individualised programme of research investigation is balanced with supporting taught modules. These supported modules are identified from a suite of modules that make up the structured PhD programme in Business. Annual progress reviews are part of the doctoral programme in Business and completion of requisite generic/transferable skills modules will be taken into account when assessing student progress. Students will not be permitted to submit their thesis (or equivalent) for examination without having accumulated the required amount of credits. Progress considered to be unsatisfactory may lead to a recommendation to change registration from PhD to a Research Masters or to discontinue studies at the University.

In addition to developing their own research topic with their supervisor(s), students’ will be required to take 30 credits worth of modules over the duration of their programme of doctoral research. 15 of these will be generic/transferable modules, and 15 in subject/specialist modules. Applicants should note that MN810 is not available to Business students.

Course Duration: 4 years FT, 6 years PT

Graduates with Business PhDs usually move into consulting, senior management, and academic posts.

For detailed instructions on how to apply, please see the Research Degrees section of our website.

Online application only

PAC Code
MH02D PhD Full-time
MH03D PhD 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. 

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