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Programme Structure


General Structure

The academic year is organized around three terms as follows – first term (September to December), second term (January to April), and third term (May to August).

The Research Degree Programme (RDP) enrols graduate research students in March and September each year.

The RDP facilitates the pursuit of M.Litt., M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees on either a full-time or part-time basis. The related registration periods are as follows.

Degree

Registration Periods

Full-time
(Minimum)

Full-time
(Maximum)

Part-time
(Minimum)

Part-time
(Maximum)

M.Litt.

1 year

2 years

2 years

3 years

M.Sc.

1 year

2 years

2 years

3 years

Ph.D.

2 years

4 years

3 years

6 years

The First Year of Registration

During the first year of registration, all graduate research students are required to satisfactorily complete the following structured elements of the RDP:

  • BU8001 – Social Science Research Philosophy – normally scheduled during first and second term – 6 * 1 day sessions (6 days in total).
  • BU8002 – Social Science Research Methods – normally scheduled during first and second term – 6 * 1 day sessions (6 days in total).
  • BU8003 – Social Science Research Practice – preparation of a draft Confirmation Report and a Preliminary Confirmation Panel Presentation – normally scheduled during third term.

Individual graduate research students may be required to complete additional modules as set forth in the Additional Programme Requirements below.

The Second Year of Registration

During the second year of registration, all graduate research students (except M.Litt. and M.Sc. students) are required to satisfactorily complete the following structured elements of the RDP:

  • BU8003 – Social Science Research Practice – Preparation of the final Confirmation Report and attendance at a Confirmation interview – normally scheduled during first term.

In the case of graduate research students intending to proceed for Confirmation on the part-time PhD register, students may elect to prepare the final Confirmation Report and attend the Confirmation Interview at the beginning of either the second or third year of registration.

In order to be confirmed on the PhD register, all graduate research students must satisfactorily complete BU8001, BU8002, and BU8003; and successfully defend their proposed programme of research at a Confirmation Interview.

Final Year of Registration

During the final year of registration, each graduate research student is required to lead one workshop as part of the following structured element of the RDP:

  • BU8004 – Social Science Research Workshops – normally scheduled throughout the academic year in consultation with participating final-year graduate research students.

The workshop series provides a strong collaborative learning environment in which advanced students present their work to an invited audience of faculty and peers from both within and outside the School of Business.

Additional Programme Requirements

The Academic Supervisor, in consultation with the Director of Doctoral Studies, may require a graduate research student to satisfactorily complete one or more additional modules in order to compensate for any apparent deficiencies in the student’s knowledge that may be essential to the proposed programme of research. Such modules may be drawn from, but not limited to, the options outlined below.

  • Modules offered by the School of Business in the areas of Quantitative and Qualitative Research Methods.
  • Modules offered as part of the suite of taught postgraduate programmes within the School of Business (http://www.tcd.ie/business/masters/).
  • Modules offered by partner institutions as part of the Dublin Region Higher Education Alliance (http://www.drhea.ie/about_us.php).
  • Modules offered in the area of research philosophy and / or research methodology by other Schools within the Faculty of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences (http://ahss.tcd.ie/).
  • Modules offered by the School of Computer Science and Statistics as part of the Postgraduate Certificate in Statistics (https://www.scss.tcd.ie/postgraduate/dipstats/).

Graduate research students should note that any such modules are in addition to the core programme requirements set forth earlier.

Personal and Professional Development

Throughout the period of registration, graduate research students are encouraged to avail of modules focused on the development of generic and transferable skills. The list of centres currently offering such modules includes:

Graduate research students who avail of modules focused on the development of generic and transferable skills should note that such modules are in addition to the core programme requirements set forth earlier.

 


Last updated 5 September 2014 business@tcd.ie.