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To investigate and map the presence of Cross Border Industry Clusters in the North-West region of Ireland and Northern Ireland


   Faculty of Business

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About the Project

This is a Masters by Research project.

Supervisors: Dr Isobel Cunningham, Dr Laura Bradley (UU)

Project Summary:

The aim of this project is to identify and examine clusters located in the North West region of Ireland with a focus on Fintech clusters operating cross border. The successful candidate will identify, map, provide analysis and present a visualisation of these clusters. The project will

  • Undertake cluster mapping of various clusters in the North West of Ireland including cross-border
  • Identify the strength of the clusters based on the 4 pillars - networking/collaboration, skills development/training, research and innovation and internationalisation.
  • Analyse what is required in order for clusters to function, collaborate and co- operate effectively.
  • Identify best practice in clusters in other cross-border region(s). Inform policy.

Candidate Qualifications/Requirements:

The candidate will have a minimum of a 2.1 in an undergraduate degree in a business discipline.

Application Process

  1. To apply for this Masters by Research project, please send your CV and cover letter to the [Email Address Removed] by 5:00pm, Thursday 9th June. Please include "MR.20" in the subject of the email.
  2. Candidates should hold or expect to hold at least an Honours Degree in a relevant discipline and meet the University’s English Language requirements (minimum IELTS Level 6.5 or equivalent)
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