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If you would like to apply, please complete an application pack consisting of:

  • On-line Application Form
  • Research Proposal
  • Transcripts
  • Two References
  • Sample of Scholarly Work
  • Satisfactory English Language Test Score where applicable

Candidates are strongly encouraged to have secured funding for the duration of their studies (4 years minimum) prior to commencement. A guide to estimated costs is available 

Next Intake : September 2023. Closing Date for Applications 30 June 2023

Yes.  The minimum and maximum registration periods are as follows.

ProgrammeMinimum RegistrationMaximum Registration
Research Masters 3 Trimesters 6 Trimesters 6 Trimesters 12 Trimesters
PhD Degree 9 Trimesters 15 Trimesters 12 Trimesters 18 Trimesters
Undertaking a PhD/MPhil at Smurfit School is a long and expensive commitment. Candidates are strongly encouraged to have secured funding for the duration of their studies (4/2 years minimum resp) prior to commencement. 
The following figures serve to provide a rough guide to the cost of pursuing a PhD/MPhil at Smurfit School and may be subject to change 
Estimated Costs 2024/25* 
EU Full-time PhD/MPhil 
€7,130 per annum - EU Tuition Fees 
€20,000 per annum (approx) - Maintenance 
Total per annum - €27,130
No of Years - 4/2 minimum resp

Total 4 years - €108,520
Total 2 years - €54,260
Non-EU Full-time PhD/MPhil 
€13,730 per annum - Non EU Tuition Fees
€20,000 per annum (approx) - Maintenance 

Total per annum - €33,730 per annum

No of Years - 4/2 minimum resp

Total 4 years - €134,920
Total 2 years - €67,460
Dublin, similar to other capital cities is an expensive place to live - please visit the UCD Global Accommodation website for comprehensive information and guides to accommodation on and off campus.
Further useful information is available at

A range of options are available, as outlined on our fees and funding page. In addition, please visit the UCD Graduate Studies Funding website.

Before submitting an application, potential candidates are encouraged to consult the subject area webpages for the Business School or those of the other UCD Colleges to identify a suitable supervisor(s). Potential candidates should contact them directly by email (attaching research proposal, CV, etc) to request if they would be interested in supervising them. 

After securing supervision support, potential candidates can then submit an application and other materials using the on-line system.


There is a wide range of support available to you.

Your first point of contact will most likely be your Supervisor. In addition, each student has a Doctoral Studies Panel, consisting of two to four doctoral studies advisers, that supports and advises the student and the supervisor(s) throughout the doctoral programme.

The Smurfit School's Centre for Doctoral Research organises areas such as PhD admissions, student support and progression. The manager of the centre is Jane O'Mara. The School's Director of PhD Programmes is Professor Ronan Powell.

At University level, the Graduate Studies office coordinates a range of support services for the university's graduate student population of 7,500.

At our Blackrock campus, close to the centre of Dublin city, we have superb facilities for postgraduate education and research.

All our students have full access to the five UCD libraries, including the library on the Blackrock campus. The library contains about a million print volumes, with substantial collections of around a million non-print formats including 650,000 e-books.  About 32,000 current journal titles are available, the vast majority of which are e-journals.  The library is a European Documentation Centre, a national depository for United States government publications, and a legal depository for Irish publications.

In addition to the library databases, all of our PhD students have access to the following financial databases:

  • CRSP
  • Compustat
  • Bankscope
  • Optionmetrics
  • Barclayhedge
  • TASS
  • HFR
  • NYSE Short Interest
  • NASDAQ Short Interest
  • LSE
  • Datastream
  • Bloomberg
  • GFI Group


We are happy to discuss any aspect of the PhD programme in more detail.

If you have any questions, please contact

Jane O’Mara
Programme Manager
Telephone: +353 1 716 8064

Professor Ronan Powell
Director of Doctoral Studies
Telephone: +353 1 716 8064

UCD has campus accommodation for over 2,500 students in halls of residence and self-catering apartments. The UCD Residences Off-Campus Office will provide advice on off-campus options. For more information, visit the International Education Office's accommodation website.

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