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Research Degree Structure

MLitt

Candidates are expected to register full-time for a minimum of one year but usually two years.

The MLitt thesis is normally examined by one internal and one external examiner. It is not the School's normal practice to hold a viva voce examination in connection with the submission of an MLitt thesis though this can be required where one or other examiner insists.

PhD

Under University rules, candidates are admitted for a probationary year in the first instance. Candidates are expected to register full-time for a minimum period of two years; the maximum period is four years.

In the first/second years of the Ph.D. programme students are expected to complete 30 ECTS with a wide range of specialized courses and seminars. Currently these courses are being offered in conjunction with the Departments of Economics at University College Dublin (UCD) and the National University of Ireland at Maynooth (NUIM). These courses cover most fields within Economics, while reflecting the expertise and interests of the members of staff in all three departments.

During the second year, students are expected to finalize a research paper and to present a proposal for the remaining two research papers of their thesis. This is when confirmation onto the PhD register takes place under the regulations set out by the Dean of Graduate Studies. If a student is not successful in securing confirmation, an MLitt may still be awarded.

From the very beginning of the programme each student is allocated to a working group, which meets weekly under the supervision and with the presence of members of staff. This has proved to be a valuable resource in facilitating close and informal contact between students and members of staff.

The PhD thesis is normally examined by one internal and one external examiner. A supervisor may not act as an examiner. A viva voce is a requirement in the examination of a PhD candidate.

  • Economics Modules - to be confirmed