Research course


Maynooth University · Department of Economics, Finance and Accounting
PhDMLitt by research

Entry requirements

Applicants must have a minimum of 2.1 overall in MA/MSc degree in Economics or Finance and a minimum of B- (or equivalent) in core modules in the acquired degree -depending on the degree, core modules may include Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Econometrics and/or Finance. If the applicant’s MA/MSc is from a university other than Maynooth University, the applicant desiring to pursue a PhD in Economics may be required to take a qualifying exam in Microeconomic Theory, Macroeconomic Theory and Econometrics, while the applicant pursuing a PhD in Finance may be required to take a qualifying exam in Microeconomic Theory, Finance and Econometrics. Minimum English language requirements: IELTS: 6.5 minimum overall score TOEFL (Paper based test): 585 TOEFL (Internet based test): 95 PTE (Pearson): 62 The TOEFL code for Maynooth University is 8850.

Months of entry


Course content

The PhD programmes in Economics and/or Finance at Maynooth University are built on the foundation developed in the MA programmes. While the MA programmes provide the basic skills and technical knowledge base via taught courses and a directed thesis, the PhD programme builds on this to further students’ skills and knowledge to enable them to do world class research.

The four year programme of study includes, in the first and possibly subsequent years, reading courses, taught courses, general skills seminars and independent research, while the second, third and the fourth years of the programme are dedicated primarily to general skills development and independent research. To remain at good progress the PhD candidate must write and present an original piece of research in each year of the programme, and this research must meet the approval of his/her committee.

Students who do not perform at the level required by the PhD programme during their studies may be eligible for an MLitt degree with a satisfactory MLitt thesis.

Part-Time Option
The PhD programme may be either on a part-time or on a full-time basis. Prospective candidates should, however, bear in mind that part-time PhD programme applicants are not eligible for scholarship funding.

Scholarship Funding Opportunities
The Economics, Finance and Accounting Department at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth offers scholarship for a limited number of incoming full-time PhD students. Please see the following link

Closing date
Rolling Recruitment

Fees and funding

International students

For funding and scholarship opportunities see here.

Qualification and course duration


full time
48 months

MLitt by research

full time
24 months

Course contact details

Department of Economics, Finance and Accounting