Business Management MPhil, PhD

Research ( full-time, part-time)

Chelmsford, Cambridge

January 2017, April 2017, June 2017, September 2017

MPhil: Full-time, from 1 to 3 years. Part-time, from 2 to 4 years.

PhD via progression from MPhil, including that period: Full-time, from 2 to 5 years. Part-time, from 3 to 6 years.

PhD: Full-time, from 2 to 5 years. Part-time, from 3 to 6 years.


Explore the key issues occupying managers and leaders today – in a business school that brings together expert researchers, high profile organisations and professional people from around the world.

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Full description

Supervision and support

You'll normally have two formal supervisors, with access to a wider range of experts as and when required.

Where you'll research

Your faculty

The Lord Ashcroft International Business School is one of the largest business schools in the East of England, with nearly 100 full-time teaching staff and approximately 6,000 students from more than 100 countries.

Our striking and award-winning business school building in Chelmsford, as well as new buildings in Cambridge, offer the most advanced learning technologies. We’re well-recognised for our centres of excellence by students, employers and professional bodies alike.

What makes us stand out is that our courses don't just give you sound academic knowledge – they’re at the cutting edge of current business practice and highly relevant to employers. This is owing to the close links we have with the business community and the partnerships we've developed with a wide variety of businesses and public service organisations. 

We're interested in people who are confident, ambitious and ready to take the challenge of making a difference in the world of business. If that's you, we'd love to hear from you.

Where can I study?

Tindal Building on our Chelmsford campus

Our striking, modern campus sits by the riverside in Chelmsford's University and Innovation Quarter.

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Lord Ashcroft Building on our Cambridge campus

Our campus is close to the centre of Cambridge, often described as the perfect student city.

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Fees & funding

Course fees

UK & EU students, 2016/17 (per year)


UK & EU students, 2016/17 (per year, part time)


International students, 2016/17 (MPhil/Phd/MD (Res) per year, full time)


PhD by Published Work, 2016/17 (Initial registration)


PhD by Published Work, 2016/17 (Full registration)


Writing up, 2016/17 (UK & EU students)


Writing up, 2016/17 (International students)


International students 2016/2017 MPhil/Phd (part time)


International students, 2016/17 (Prof Doc/MD (Res) part time)


UK, EU & International 2016/17 Bench fee ranges from 1000 to 7000


International students 2016/17 Write up fee (part time)


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For advice on funding and scholarships please visit our finance pages for postgraduate students and researchers. Where available, the ARU jobs search lists research positions/scholarships.

You might also find The Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding helpful.

ARU research

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Anglia Ruskin's academic excellence was recognised in 2014, as part of the Research Excellence Framework (REF), an exercise which assesses the quality of academic research. Twelve areas of our work were classed as generating world-leading research. The results showed that we're making a significant impact on economies, societies, the environment and culture in all corners of the globe.


This is an excellent way to progress your business or management career, as you can opt to study part-time and focus your thesis on an issue close to you, your employer or industry.

We’re an equally compelling option if you want to pursue an academic career, thanks to our international reputation and the comprehensive research training and development we provide. This includes modules in academic writing and publishing, compiling research bids, conference presentation, research methods and management, networking and team working.

Contact details

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If you're interested in finding out more about research study opportunities, please contact

Entry requirements

  • MPhil: You’ll need a bachelors degree, or equivalent, in a related subject area.
  • PhD: You’ll need a Master’s degree, or equivalent, in a related subject area.
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International students

We welcome applications from international and EU students, and accept a range of international qualifications.

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English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you'll need to make sure you meet our English language requirements for postgraduate courses.

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Improving your English language skills

If you don't meet our English language requirements, we offer a range of courses which could help you achieve the level required for entry.

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UK & EU applicants

01245 68 68 68

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International applicants

+44 1245 68 68 68

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