Research ( full-time, part-time)
January 2019, April 2018, September 2018
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.
Our PhD research programme allows you to specialise in key business areas at a business school that brings together expert researchers, high profile organisations and professional people from around the world. Our broad range of expertise across our research centres and departments means we offer supervision in all major areas of business.
Pursue your research degree with us and you’ll be part of an inspiring research environment. You’ll be immersed in our work and will enjoy expert supervision, with opportunities to network with our research partners. There’s also a thriving postgraduate community, where you can get involved in activities and events, and share knowledge and ideas with professionals from many fields.
We ensure our research is focused on improving and solving the real-world challenges that businesses, governments and NGOs face across the globe. Our continuous work and partnerships with these organisations are successful due to our ability to generate cutting-edge knowledge and contribute to improved performance.
We can supervise your research in most areas of business, helping you to develop transferable skills which will be invaluable in your future studies or career.
Here are a few of our specialisms.
Here at the business school we know how important it is that all our PhD students feel confident throughout their time with us.
At an early stage in your studies, you’ll be allocated a supervisory team with specific expertise aligned to your research proposal. You'll have two formal supervisors who you’ll meet regularly. Meetings will usually include setting and reviewing objectives to enhance your academic progress. Whenever you need support to discuss academic and administrative matters, or even more general help and advice during your studies, our team of supervisors offer continual and friendly guidance.
Whether you’re undertaking research, teaching students or writing up your thesis, you’ll be fully supported with ongoing training and development, covering the following areas:
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.
In some cases extra costs known as bench fees will be charged for a postgraduate research degree. These are to cover additional/ exceptional costs directly related to a specific research project.
We charge bench fees in bands. They may apply for every year of your course. These bands are the same for full and part time students.
If you have to pay bench fees this will be made clear at your interview for a place. If have to pay bench fees this will be stated in your offer letter.
For 2018/19 the bench fee bands are:
Initial registration: £1100
Full registration: £3500
Join us as a PhD researcher and you’ll be joining a group of passionate leading researchers who are experts in their fields. Our research-active staff are dedicated to producing relevant and significant outcomes and solutions that can be applied in the real-world.
Our four research centres are at the heart of knowledge generation in our business school. All centres welcome PhD researchers to join their community and work alongside academics on the latest research developments. Visit our centre pages to learn more about the PhD opportunities available:
Looking for something else? Our Human Resources and Operational Management department and Marketing, Enterprise and Tourism department also offer numerous PhD opportunities. Take a look at our people to see our range of expertise:generating world-leading research and we constantly continue to progress and work to exceed our output. The results showed that we're making a significant impact on economies, societies, the environment and culture in all corners of the globe. We see our PhD researchers as key to the ongoing impact we can make.
A PhD research degree an excellent way to progress your business or management career, or pursue a career in academia. With a study solution to fit your needs, you can opt to study part-time or full-time and can focus your thesis on an issue close to you, your employer or industry.
Thanks to our international reputation and the comprehensive research training and development we provide, we’re an equally compelling option if you want to pursue an academic career. This includes modules in academic writing and publishing, compiling research bids, conference presentation, research methods and management, networking and team working.
If you're interested in finding out more about postgraduate research study opportunities, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) with progression from MPhil: You’ll need a Bachelor's degree or equivalent with first or upper second class honours, in a related subject area.
PhD: You’ll need a Master's degree or equivalent in a related subject area.
Please note we consider most candidates for PhD with progression from MPhil. If you want to apply for direct entry to the PhD route, you’ll also need to provide academic justification for this with your application.
If English is not your first language, you'll require a minimum IELTS score of 6.5, with a minimum of 5.5 in each component (or equivalent test). 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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