PhD Programme - How to Apply

Candidates must apply through the PAC (Postgraduate Application Centre) system after securing the support of a potential supervisor. For guidance on finding a potential supervisor and the application procedures please visit DCU Graduate Studies Application Procedures

Please note that if there are no members of faculty who have undertaken, or are interested in undertaking, research closely related to that of a proposal, it is unlikely that the proposal will be accepted.  Therefore, you should ensure that your proposed topic is close to the research interests of one or more members of faculty.  You may establish this through correspondence with relevant members of faculty and by viewing the research profiles of our faculty members.

When preparing your proposal you must ensure that you:

  • clearly outline your chosen research question,
  • display your familiarity with relevant literature relating to your overall research question in appropriate research journals,
  • show how your question is located in the relevant research literature,
  • indicate the contribution your research will make to this body of research, and
  • suggest possible methodologies that may be appropriate for your study.


More information and guidelines for writing a research proposal are available here.

All academic inquiries in relation to the Ph.D. programmes at DCU Business School should be directed to:


Scholarship Opportunities

Our PhD programme combines scholarly theory-building with a strong applied focus.  Research scholars work under the supervision of an academic expert and are an important part of DCU Business School’s vibrant research community.  The scholarships will allow students to undertake research in a specialist discipline. for further information on staff specialisms, publications, and the academic groups in DCU Business School). 

Visit the Scholarships Opportunities page at the Graduate Studies Office for further scholarship opportunities.


Studying in DCU

For general information about being a research student in DCU, please see the DCU Graduate Studies Office website.

International students interested in more information in relation to studying in Ireland including tuition fees and making your application as well as information and practical details about life in Dublin and in DCU, please see the DCU International Office Website   

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