PhD Studentships in Management and Marketing – University College Cork

Overview: The Department of Management and Marketing, Cork University Business School, University College Cork invites motivated graduates with outstanding academic records to apply to our funded PhD Scholarship scheme. We are looking to recruit several full-time PhD students from across the globe in areas of interest and relevant to our faculty. We are looking for graduates who have a strong desire to undertake high quality, impactful research and to earn a PhD that will attain the highest standards of academic excellence. The successful applicant(s) can be confident that s/he will be on the right path to a successful academic career through completing their PhD in UCC.

PhD Learning Environment: Cork University Business School is committed to providing an inclusive, dynamic and supportive learning and research environment, which recognises the diverse backgrounds and interests of both students and staff. In line with this, the successful applicant(s) will be provided with learning and networking opportunities and supports to facilitate their attainment of the highest standards of academic excellence.

PhD Supervisiory Team: We operate a supervisory team approach which means you will have a minimum of two suitably qualified and experienced scholars. Our faculty have strong track records in publishing in the leading international journals and texts in their field of expertise, gaining competitive research funding, and so forth. You should reach out to prospective supervisors in the first instance to discuss your research interests and the potential for their support in this application.

The successful applicant(s) will receive tailored guidance on their research, be part of a burgeoning research focused Department and School, gain access to key international networks, in addition to gaining experience in third-level teaching. At the earliest possible opportunity during the tenure of a scholarship, the awardee will be required to prepare one, or if necessary two, application(s), under the guidance and advice of the supervisor, for external research funding under the Irish Research Council (IRC) Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship Programme and/or other relevant external funding schemes.

Funding and supports: Our scholarships provide up to four years funding, covering doctoral programme tuition fees and an annual stipend of €18,500 per year (subject to satisfactory progress in studies each year). Teaching experience will also be provided and is part of the scholarship. You will be provided with access to funding to attend relevant academic conferneces and workshops to support your development.

Information for Applicants:

Essential criteria To be eligible for the scholarship, applicants must normally have obtained a standard of at least Second Class Honours, Grade I in a relevant Masters degree.

In exceptional cases, a candidate that has obtained a standard of 1st class honours in a related primary degree may be considered.

If English is not your first language you will need to satisfy the English language requirements

  • IELTS: 6.5- with no individual section lower than 5.5
  • TOEFL: 90 – with minimum scores as follows: Listening- 17; Reading – 18; Speaking – 20; Writing – 17

How to apply: Prospective applicants are directed to the list of potential research supervisors and topics below when developing their research proposal. While we will consider research proposals not linked to the these topics, we are especially interested in applicants related to these areas.

In all cases, applicants must have engaged with a potential supervisor in the preparation of their research proposal, and have their agreement to supervise the PhD, if successful. Applications without the explicit agreement of a supervisor will not be considered.

To apply you must complete the application form.

For any queries, please contact Siobhan Boyle (

In the case of applicants where English is not your first language, you must also provide evidence that you meet the English language criteria set out above.

Please note that candidates who do not submit a fully completed application form (and evidence of satisfying the English language requirements where required) by the specific deadline will not be considered. Please note that we reserve the right to check any submitted proposal for originality.

The closing date for PhD scholarship applications is 5pm on 22nd May 2023.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to presentation and interview which will take place in June 2023.

Successful Applicants:

The successful scholarship awardee(s) will have to submit a formal application through the University application system where formal qualifications will be checked.

PhD Supervisors and Topics of Particular Interest

David Alton

  1. Digital Marketing
  2. Digital Culture
  3. Fandom Studies

Gillian Barrett

  1. Open innovation
  2. Sustainable business models
  3. Entrepreneurship education

Matthias Beck

  1. Management challenges of public-private partnership working in infrastructure procurement
  2. Managing pharmaceutical shortages and price fluctuations
  3. Performance Appraisal, Performance Management and Organisation-Level Performance: A Review & A Proposed Model in the Post Covid World

Joan Buckley

  1. Greenwashing, in the private and public sector
  2. Pharmaceutical marketing

Ronan Carbery

  1. Gigworking arrangements
  2. Algorithmic management
  3. Talent marketplaces

Patrice Cooper

  1. Leadership
  2. Change Management
  3. Leadership Identity and Transition

Lawrence Dooley

  1. University-Industry collaboration, commercialisation and knowledge exchange
  2. Entrepreneurial ecosystems, venture creation and SME competitiveness
  3. Organisational innovation, the circular economy and grand challenges

Conor Drummond

  1. Digital technologies impact on Business-to-Business (B2B) interaction
  2. The influence of digital resources on entrepreneurial networks.
  3. The dark side of digital networks in B2B marketing.

Thomas Garavan

  1. Leadership and leadership development.
  2. Gender and leadership.
  3. Talent development.
  4. Learning and development.

Carol Kelleher

  1. Care, Caring and Care Relations
  2. Inclusion Health and Public Patient Involvement (PPI)
  3. Understanding and alleviating the social determinants of health through Service Ecosystem Design

Thomas Lawton

  1. International political risk management
  2. Business model innovation in foreign market entry
  3. Stakeholder management in international business

Clíodhna Mackenzie

  1. Ethical and sustainable leaders
  2. Female leaders and crisis management
  3. Managing & mitigating risk in top management teams

Mary McCarthy

  1. Consumer behaviour and sustainable health diets
  2. Consumer acceptance of novel/new food technologies/products
  3. Impact of external factors on consumer food practices

Anthony McDonnell

  1. Talent Management
  2. Work arrangements (gig work/hybrid work etc) in a post-Covid world
  3. Global staffing in MNCs
  4. The Future of Work

Helen McGrath

  1. Coopetition in business networks
  2. The influence of emotions on business network interactions
  3. B2B sustainability processes and circular innovations through networks

David McKevitt

  1. Project Management careers
  2. Job crafting and flow at work
  3. Project success

Linda Murphy

  1. Trangenerational entrepreneurship and sustainability in family firms.
  2. Female succession in family farms.
  3. Learning from failure.

Elaine O’Brien

  1. Psychological safety: Leader behaviours that foster a psychologically safe working environment
  2. Emotional climate, emotional labour and employee voice
  3. Impact of work practices on employee identities

Claire O’ Neill

  1. Sustainable consumption
  2. Sustainability education, awareness, and practice: children and young people
  3. Ethics in marketing / consumption

Ultan Sherman

  1. Algorithmic-enabled Employment
  2. Psychological Foundations of Work

Sean Tanner

  1. Consumer privacy and the quantified self
  2. Sustainable consumption practices
  3. Meanings and knowledge: implications for food product preference and selections

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