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Course summary

Brief outline of the programme The research degree programme aims to provide students with an outstanding learning experience in a supportive community of learning. The department is known nationally and internationally for excellence in research and teaching and most of its staff are engaged in conducting their own research. Information on staff research interests and achievements can be found on the Departmental web pages. As a PhD student with us you will be a part of a vibrant active group of researchers of all ages and can enjoy your learning through PhD student meetings, departmental research forums, marketing forums and other expert seminars organised by the business school. This in in addition to University wide activity. Our students are expected to build their research profile with support to present at conferences and to write journal articles. Our supervisory teams are multidisciplinary and all supervisors are active researchers in their subject field and / or in methodology. Dr Michel Leseure is the doctoral area co-ordinator in the business school and organises the PhD student meetings. Michel has a generalist background across business disciplines but also different methodological approaches. The business school hosts the Centre for Sustainable Business Research and all PhD students are encouraged to contribute to the activities of the centre. Aims of the Programme a) the creation and interpretation of new knowledge through original research or other advanced scholarship, or of a quality to satisfy peer review, extend the forefront of the discipline and merit publication; b) a systematic acquisition and understanding of a substantial body of knowledge which is at the forefront of the academic discipline; c) the general ability to conceptualise, design and implement a project for the generation of new knowledge, applications or understanding at the forefront of the discipline, and to adjust the project design in the light of unforeseen problems; d) a detailed understanding of applicable techniques for research and advanced academic enquiry appropriate to the discipline.


The majority of subject specific intellectual and research skills are gained through the process of doing research within the context of supervisory meetings and support. On occasion it may be helpful for a student to undertake specific research skills training such as that taught as part of Masters programmes or as part of the postgraduate research training programme coordinated by the Research Office. Your individual induction and career planning will help you to plan your learning needs.

Assessment method

The PhD programme is delivered through a supervised research project. Each student will have a supervisory team of at least two appropriately qualified academic staff, one of whom will be the Director of Studies. A description of the responsibilities of the supervisory team can be found in the Code of Practice. The award of MPhil or PhD is assessed through submission of a written thesis or equivalent for practice based disciplines and an oral examination with a panel of examiners (viva voce). The viva is compulsory for PhD and optional for MPhil.

Entry requirements

The standard requirement for an MPhil/PhD is a first or upper-second honours degree and/or usually a relevant Master's degree. Candidates with other qualifications are considered individually on their merits. All students are interviewed by their potential supervisor(s) and a Research Degree Coordinator or nominated other. Your research project must be 'approved' by the Research Degrees Group 3 months (full time) / 6 months (part time) into candidature. The Research Degrees Group will take account of the field in which you wish to work, the availability of resources, the nature of the University’s current research strengths, and the particular needs that you may have for specialist facilities. All projects are considered by two experienced scrutineers who advise on the strengths and weaknesses of the research proposals presented to the Group.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Republic of Ireland £4635 Year 1
EU £14508 Year 1
England £4635 Year 1
Northern Ireland £4635 Year 1
Scotland £4635 Year 1
Wales £4635 Year 1
Channel Islands £4635 Year 1
International £14508 Year 1

Additional fee information

Nominal Registration (Writing Up - 6 months after completion) £360
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