Research Degree Programmes

The aims of the research programme at DIT are aligned with Ireland’s National Framework for Doctoral Education.  In this context the core of doctoral education is deep engagement with a question, problem or hypothesis at the frontier of knowledge, and advancement of this frontier under the guidance of expert and committed supervision. To be awarded a doctoral degree, the candidate must have made an original contribution to knowledge with successful completion and examination of the research thesis, comprising work of publishable quality, is the basis for the award of the doctoral degree.

The College of Business has one of the largest business school PhD programmes in Ireland.  We offer two awards which can be taken through structured programmes in full time or part time mode:

  1.   MPhil (FT 2 years / PT 3 years)
  2.   PhD (FT 4 years / PT 6 years)

Please review the DIT Graduate Regulations for information on the requirements of these awards.

In the College of Business, research degree opportunities are offered across a wide range of themes including Business Systems Optimisation, Enterprise and Innovation, Management and People, Marketing and Consumers, Retail Excellence, Strategy and International Business, and Society and Governance.

To date College of Business research students have demonstrated an outstanding record of achievement with their quality of their work recognised internationally by their peers and with many of our graduates being recruited to leading business schools in Ireland an internationally (including University College Dublin, Trinity College Dublin, Dublin City University, University of Groningen, University of Stirling, University of East Anglia, Keele University, Royal Holloway, University of London, University of Bradford) as well as to industry (e.g. Google, CRH, Audi, Betfair, Net-a-Porter).


Research Student

National and International Awards and Commendations

Deirdre Canavan

International Award - Paper nominated for Best Conference Paper at the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, International Business Conference

Donal O’Brien

National Award - Best overall conference paper at Irish Academy of Management.

National Award - Best Paper in the Strategic Management Track at the Irish Academy of Management.

National Award - Best overall postgraduate paper at Irish Academy of Management.

Esther Tippmann

International Award - Most Promising Dissertation Award International Business PhD at Academy of Management International Business Division, Academy of Management Conference

International Award - Awarded ‘Michael Z Brooke Prize’ for Best Doctoral Paper at Academy of International Business UKI Annual Conference

Heba Habib

International Award - Best Paper Award International Conference on Advances in System Simulation

Jennifer Manning

International Award  - Most Thought-Provoking PhD Student Paper Award - Qualitative Research in Management and Organization Conference

Kevina Cody

International Award - Outstanding Paper Award Winner at Emerald Literati Network Awards for best paper in Young Consumers Journal.

Kirsten Scholten

International Award - Nominated for Harry Boer Highly Commended Paper Award at European Operations Management Association

Marty O’Reilly

International Recognition - Nominated for the Strategic Management Society Best Conference Paper Prize

Mayank Dhaundiyal

International Recognition - Nominated for the Strategic Management Society Best Conference Paper Prize

Mohamed Ragab

International Award - Best Paper Award at International Conference on Advances in System Simulation

Norah Campbell

International Award - Best paper award at Annual Macromarketing Conference

Sarah Browne

International Award - Best paper at Academy of Marketing Conference

Sue Mulhall

International Award - Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Award in the Human Resource Management Category.

Treasa Kearney

National Award - Best paper in Marketing track at Irish Academy of Management


For more information on research degree programmes in the DIT College of Business please contact the College Head of Research Dr. Deirdre McQuillan at (e ) and (p) +353-1-402 7032.

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