Masters by Research

Masters by Research

Masters by Research

Entry Requirements

To be eligible for consideration to undertake a programme of study for a Master's Degree by Research, a candidate must have obtained a standard of at least Second Class Honours in an approved primary degree or equivalent.

Application Procedure

Students are advised to consult with the relevant Head of Department/Proposed Supervisor to discuss their proposed area of research prior to making an application through the Postgraduate Applications Centre. In the case of the research programmes offered through the Faculties of Arts, Commerce, Law and Medicine, a typed research proposal (1,500 words approx) must be included with the Postgraduate Studies Application form.

For more information on the Academic Departments in University College Cork and particular research interests, please visit our Schools and Departments page. Staff research interests by faculty and department can also be found on

Application Dates

Applications for research programmes are accepted throughout the year. Prospective students are advised to complete their applications at least two months in advance of their desired start date as all applications go through two different stages of approval - Department and Faculty/College. The four start dates during the year are January, April, July and October.


A candidate who wishes to obtain a Master's degree by research must pursue a programme of supervised research for at least the equivalent of one year full-time from the date of first registration for the programme. (This becomes two years full-time in the case of the MPhil degree offered through the Faculty of Arts).

For detailed information on regulations for UCC research courses see

Masters by Research: Research can be undertaken in any of the main disciplines of the Commerce Faculty and involves writing a thesis of approximately 40,000 words under academic supervision in the relevant discipline.

Value of Fellowship: The Scholarship will be valued at €5,770, which will cover the student’s fees for the Masters by Research. It will be tenable for one year and is non-renewable.

Supports: At least one member of the academic staff of the relevant Commerce discipline will act as academic supervisor to the student, and will be available for regular consultation meetings and will give feedback on draft work. A second member of the academic staff will act in a more general advisory role. The student will have access to the postgraduate research student facilities in the relevant Department.

Progress Review & Completion: The progress of the student will be monitored by the Commerce Faculty in conjunction with the supervisor(s). A formal oral presentation will be required after 6 months. The student will be expected to submit the completed thesis for examination after 12 months.

In cases where there is potential for the project to progress to PhD standard, the student may (with the support of the Department and supervisor) apply to progress to a PhD (without submitting a completed thesis for examination). All such applications will be considered by the relevant Department. Approval of progression to PhD does not carry automatic approval of funding for the additional two years; students would have to apply separately for any such competitive scholarship schemes as may be available at that time.

Applications will be assessed by the Research Committee of the Commerce Faculty in conjunction with the relevant Department.

A list of the available Masters by Research is available on page 7 of the Postgraduate Programmes Business at UCC brochure Business at UCC (922kB)


The eligibility criteria for each Masters should be checked in advance of your application as these may vary by discipline.

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