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School Description:

Trinity’s School of Business is recognised for its unique and innovative degree programmes, commitment to research-based teaching, internationalism, strong interrelationships with Irish and global organisations in the private, public and voluntary sectors and for an intimate, tutorially oriented educational philosophy. The School’s mission is to educate the most able school leavers, postgraduates and experienced managers, providing each with the best disciplinary competence in management as well as a critical and inquiring understanding of organisations. The School’s vision is to be a leading, internationally ranked, centre of research, teaching and executive education located in Ireland.The School offers a range of postgraduate programmes for research degree students and for experienced managers.

Graduate Research Programme

The School of Business offers outstanding students the opportunity to pursue advanced research, leading to the M.Litt. or the Ph.D. degree. The Research Degree Programme at the School of Business is focused on educating and training postgraduate students for careers in business research and in international business schools.

Currently, there are over 40 students in the School registered as M.Litt or PhD students. The School attracts students with diverse backgrounds from around the world including some who have completed a master's degree in business or management, those who have gained practical experience at a managerial level since completion of an undergraduate degree, and those who work as researchers and lecturers in a university setting.

The Programme is offered almost exclusively on a full-time basis. Part-time study is limited, typically, to academic staff at third level Irish educational institutions, or to individuals who are working in a research environment.

The broad aim of the Graduate Research Programme is to develop the student's ability to excel in an academic environment.  The successful student may graduate with an M.Litt or a PhD.  The educational objectives of the Graduate Research Programme include attainment of the following outcomes:

  • An advanced understanding of the philosophies, theories, principles, assumptions, concepts, practices and language of research methods;
  • A sound appreciation of techniques, strategies, models, methods, tools, analytical procedures, processes, complexities, trade-offs, paradoxes, conventions and difficulties relevant for individual research projects;
  • Relevant skills in identifying or developing research topics, research questions, key concepts and constructs, operational definitions, and testable hypotheses;
  • The abilities necessary to conceive, plan, conduct, and communicate rigorous, valid and ethical research;
  • The abilities necessary for critically analysing, evaluating and critiquing ongoing or completed research projects.

Applicants should consult the School of Business website for further information about the School and how to apply to the postgraduate programmes.

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