Course Overview

The strong and expanding doctoral programme in the J.E. Cairnes School of Business and Economics offers participants a combination of advanced independent research, backed by structured training, which is delivered mainly in the first year. The central work involves the planning, execution and defence of a major thesis, satisfying internal and external examiners that the thesis is a work of serious scholarship. The doctoral programme equips participants with substantial research and writing experience, as well as developing an in-depth expertise in their chosen field. The topic of the thesis is agreed between the student and their supervisor(s) and typically links to the research interests of the supervisor. Acceptance on the programme is subject to finding a suitable supervisor.

Check the Cairnes School web site  for more information about areas of research expertise within the Cairnes School. If you are interested in undertaking a MComm, contact the J.E. Cairnes School of Business & Economics who will deal with your enquiry and look up the following resourse in order to find a potential research supervisors in your area of interest:



Programmes Available

MComm, full-time
MComm, part-time

Applications are made online via the University of Galway Postgraduate Applications System


Learning Outcomes

Entry Requirements

Second Class Honours Bachelor of Commerce degree, Grade 2 or higher (or equivalent international qualification). Other similar level of academic achievement in an equivalent business degree.


Who’s Suited to This Course

Current research projects

Current funded research opportunity

Work Placement

Related Student Organisations

Career Opportunities

Find a Supervisor / PhD Project

If you are still looking for a potential supervisor or PhD project or would like to identify the key research interests of our academic staff and researchers, you can use our online portal to help in that search

Research Areas

  • Accounting and Finance
  • Economics
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Management Information Systems

Researcher Profiles

See the Cairnes School research site.

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€5,750 p.a. (€5,890 including levy) 2024/25

Fees: Non EU

€14,500 p.a. (€14,640 including levy) 2024/25

Extra Information

EU Part time: Year 1 €4,250 p.a. (€4,390 including levy) 2024/25

All students, irrespective of funding, must pay the student levy of €140.