PhD Programme

DCU Business School is characterised by a vibrant research community and we provide unrivalled research support to postgraduate research students.

We currently offer the following research programmes:

  1. A Ph.D. Programme (both full-time and part-time)
  2. Masters by Research Programme (part-time)

Undertaking a research degree facilitates in-depth study in a discipline in which the student already has a good academic grounding.  DCUBS also encourages inter-disciplinary research, where the student has appropriate knowledge in cognate areas.  The research programme also provides for the development of skills in organising, undertaking, presenting, and managing research projects that will stand to the graduate in whatever career he or she pursues afterwards.  Having a research degree marks you out as someone with both specialist knowledge in your discipline and the ability and commitment to manage and complete a demanding and challenging piece of academic research.  DCU Business School Research Programmes are supported throughout the research programme.  Students are given supervision of an expert panel, students are encouraged to attend seminars, present at conferences and publish work in scholarly articles.

Currently we have over 60 post-graduate students, registered in PhD and Doctorate programmes.  Their research topics reflect the diverse nature of the School’s research activities and our research strengths. Browse the list of current research students' project titles and supervisors to get a flavour of the diversity of our work and to see if your research idea could be pursued at DCU.



"During my PhD there were extensive opportunities to gain regular feedback from my supervisors, from other faculty members during the review process and from the many visiting Professors from other universities. I was also encouraged to present my research at conferences, enter competitions and publish my work. Overall I found my time in DCU to be a very enjoyable and worthwhile experience which prepared me well for my academic career."

Dr Sarah Jane Cullinane, Assistant Professor in HRM, Trinity College