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Entry Requirements

Admission onto the UCD Smurfit School MPhil is subject to stringent entrance criteria, the submission of a proposal outlining the intended line of research, references and, where appropriate, proof of linguistic and academic ability. Applicants must have one of the following:

Entry Requirements


A minimum second-class honours degree (or equivalent) primary degree in Commerce or Business Studies, or in a subject closely related to the proposed area of study

An appropriate Master’s Degree (or equivalent) from a recognised higher education institution.

Please submit original/certified copy of your transcript along with your application

Applicants must also submit a 500-word research proposal outlining:

(1) Chosen topic
(2) Nature, scope and methodology of study
(3) Relevance or importance of the topic
(4) Preliminary literature review

Two references attesting to the applicant’s intellectual ability, maturity and motivation.

Original references are required. Please arrange for referees to post their references to the Centre For Doctoral Research, Smurfit School, Carysfort Avenue, Blackrock, Co Dublin or e-mail directly to If posted, the reference should be on headed notepaper of the referee's institution. If emailed, then the email must be sent from the referee's work email.

Applications remain incomplete until the receipt of original references and must be received by relevant application deadlines (where applicable).


Applications are accepted on on-going basis through our On-line Application Form.



Fees Full-Time EU:

€6,325 (academic year 2019/20)

Full-Time Non-EU:

€12,180 (academic year 2019/20)

Part-Time EU:

€4,180 per year (academic year 2019/20)

Part-Time Non-EU:

€8,155 per year (academic year 2019/20)

Important Note: Tuition fees and other charges are subject to change each year.
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Find out more about financing available to students of the PhD programme at UCD Smurfit Graduate Business School and also about different research project funding opportunities.

Information & Requirements

If English is not your first language, an english language qualification is required for admission to all of our programmes.  the exception to this rule is if you have completed your primary degree or an entire third level qualification through english, in an english speaking country.  Learn More

Some students might have to get a student visa in order to come and study in Ireland. Please check the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Services website to see if you require a visa.

The Smurfit Admissions Department comprises a dedicated team who are available to answer any questions you might have in relation to the wide range of Business Masters programmes. If you would like to find out more about our programmes or the application process, then please don't hesitate to contact us.  

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