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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

Application Closing Dates :  October 31 2017, June 30 2018

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

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, please consult the subject area webpages for the Business School to identify a suitable supervisor(s).

You should contact them directly by email (attaching your research proposal, CV, etc.) to request if they would be interested in supervising you. This process might also involve a Skype interview, which we would strongly encourage.

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


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.

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: +353-716 8074

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