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DBA Business Economics


Programme Description

The DBA Business Economics Degree is a full-time research programme running over 36 months from the date of first registration for the programme and consisting of taught modules and research. The programme is delivered on a cohort basis emphasising the collaborative nature of learning appropriate to professional practice development. Applications for the programme are accepted throughout the year. Applicants should note that start-dates for each cohort is dependent on sufficient demand and available staff and other resources. Prospective students are advised to complete their applications at least three months in advance of their desired start date. The three possible start dates annually are January, April and October.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

  • Display an original contribution to knowledge through a portfolio of research outputs that culminate in a research dissertation;
  • Evaluate, and develop a more sophisticated understanding and assumptions about, global issues affecting their organisations and their personal/professional development;
  • Interpret and assess the implications of their portfolio of research from the perspective of integration of organisational development with personal and professional development;
  • Integrate economic theory with professional/organisational practice;
  • Demonstrate application and critique of advanced conceptual frameworks in the light of their personal, professional and organisational-oriented research.
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Practicalities & Assessment


Students take taught modules to the value of 85 credits. As a doctoral research degree the programme involves the completion of research work - thesis (research portfolio) - of approximately 40,000 words of publishable standard. The research must be worthy of publication, in whole or in part, as a work of serious scholarship. 


The research will be completed and submitted for assessment by viva voce at the end of Year 3.

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Year 1

  • Developmental Approaches for Practitioner-Researchers

    Year 1

    Developmental Approaches for Practitioner-Researchers (EC7006)

    To introduce students to methods and typologies of adult learning and professional development appropriate to practitioner-researchers, including that of thinkers such as Robert Kegan.

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  • Research Design and Methods in Business Economics

    Year 1

    Research Design and Methods in Business Economics (EC7007)

    To lay foundations of sound empirical research in Business Economics and to explore practitioner-oriented research questions in the context of research designs appropriate to their investigation.

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Year 2

  • Research Design and Methods for Practitioner Researchers

    Year 2

    Research Design and Methods for Practitioner Researchers (EC7003)

    Progress the chosen research theme(s); outline and apply appropriate methods to conduct research on the topic(s) identified with the practitioner orientation explicitly identified.

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  • Research Analysis and Evaluation

    Year 2

    Research Analysis and Evaluation (EC7004)

    To introduce doctoral students to core issues in research analysis and evaluation in Business Economics and to provide them with practical advice in these areas relevant to their research objectives.

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Year 3

For full programme requirements, please refer to the University College Cork Academic Calendar here

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Entry Requirements

To be eligible for entry to the programme, candidates are required to satisfy both Academic and Professional Experience Requirements.

Academic Experience 
Applications are welcome from graduates holding an MBA (or equivalent practitioner-oriented Master's degree) or a Master's Degree in Economics or Business Economics, at Second Class Honours level.

Professional Experience 
In addition to educational experience, candidates must demonstrate evidence of significant work experience (at least 5 years) at a professional level that reflects considerable responsibilities and indicates future potential.

Exceptionally, graduates with Bachelors qualifications (at least Second Class Honours, Grade I, in their primary degree in Economics, or equivalent) and significant professional experience (at least 8 years) are also eligible to apply.

Both academic and professional references conveying suitability for and commitment to completing the programme will be sought. APersonal Statement is required as one element of the application to outline professional learning goals and rationale for entry to the programme.

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Application Process

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Business Development Modules for PhD students

The Cork University Business School (CUBS) is actively developing business development/ entrepreneurship modules and programmes for broad audiences, including research students within UCC.

The following PG coded modules are available annually to every PhD student in UCC. These modules will broaden the vocational training of PhD students beyond their research domain and should also enhance the Universities entrepreneurial culture.






PG7031 Creativity and Opportunity Recognition

Semester 1

Thurs 2-4   



PG7032 Marketing for High Technology Entrepreneurs

Semester 1

Wed 3-5



PG7030 Technology Business Planning

Semester 2

Mon 2-4



Each module consists of 12 * 2 hour lectures in a central campus locations and Students must attend 80% of the classes to get the credit.

Please check the module description links for more details. All modules assume no previous knowledge.

Please return this form to book a place on one of the modules for semester 1 to Dr Brian O'Flaherty



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