The programme involves a period of sustained in-depth study of a specific topic and aims to:
- provide the opportunity to enhance the student’s knowledge of the broad area and to study the theoretical foundations and specific techniques of the subject
- ensure the student uncovers and critically examines background literature on the topic
- provide the student with the stimulus required to develop originality and creativity in the research
- give the student the opportunity to develop skills in making and testing hypotheses or research questions, in developing new theory, and in planning and conducting investigations to discover new insights
- provide, through critical scrutiny of written work and oral presentations, an opportunity for the student to develop skills in writing and presenting the results of the research in learned journals and monographs.
Key facts about the course
||Doctor of Philosophy
||3 years full-time (6 years part-time)
|Department and Faculty
||Management, Management, Economics and Law
Prof. Gillian Symon
|Contact for more information
Fees / funding
Please visit the College's postgraduate research tuition fees page for the latest information about tuition fees and how you can pay.
There are different sources of funding which may be available to you, see our page for details.
How to apply
Before considering applying for a PhD at the School of Management you should :
- have a strong and committed interest in a research area of interest to the School
- create a strong research proposal of around 2000 words based on that interest
- ensure you fulfil our entry criteria and English language requirements
- ensure you have a realistic plan to secure enough funding to complete your research and writing up process within the normal time period (3 -4 years)
There are three main components to our application process:
- Identifying a suitable supervisor and obtaining their support for supervision
- Submitting all necessary documentation through our on-line application system
- Attending an admissions interview
To see our research areas and find out how to find a suitable research match and supervisor please visit here. When making contact with the staff member, please forward your research proposal and CV and only contact one potential supervisor at a time. If a supervisor feels they are not suitable, they may refer you on to another staff member.
An expression of interest from one of our staff does not automatically guarantee admission to our PhD programme. Applications are based on your previous academic performance, the quality of your research proposal and your performance at an admissions interview.
For further information about applying for a research degree at the School of Management please visit our PhD pages here
Our online application system can be found here
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