Award Type and NFQ level : RESEARCH MASTERS (9)

CAO/PAC code : MH04D (FT), MH05D (PT)

CAO Points :

Closing Date : 30 June 2999

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The objective of the structured research programme in Business is to create a framework which 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.

The 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 students capability to contribute to theory and develop new knowledge as they proceed through their research project. Alongside exceptional research training and support, the structured doctorate in business, design and mediation also aims to provide research graduates with the requisite skills to engage with broader business and civil communities outside academic contexts.

Closing date
Research applications are generally accepted at any time


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

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

National University of Ireland Maynooth'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. These supported modules are identified from a suite of modules that make up the structured PhD programme in business, accounting or finance. Annual progress reviews are part of the research masters 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. 

In addition to developing their own research topic with their supervisor(s), students will be required to take 10 credits worth of modules over the duration of their programme of doctoral research. 5 of these will be generic/transferable modules, and 5 in subject/specialist modules.  

Course Duration: 2 years full-time, 3 years part-time 

Course Duration: 2 years full-time, 3 years part-time

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

Applicants should complete the following steps in order: 

  1. Secure agreement from a School of Business faculty member to supervise their research programme and develop a research proposal with this proposed supervisor 

  1. Submit an application to the School of Business PhD Director using the School of Business Application form

  1. Once the school has accepted your application complete the university-level online application at 

PAC Code 

MH04D MLitt by Research Business and Management Full-time; MH05D MLitt by Research Business and Management Part-time 

The following information should be 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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