Business Management MPhil, PhD

Research ( full-time, part-time)

Chelmsford, Cambridge

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.


Become a PhD researcher with us and you’ll be part of a dynamic research environment supported with expert supervision. Our PhD programme allows you to specialise in your chosen area of business to deepen your knowledge and develop your skills.

Full description

Supervision and support

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 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.

Find a supervisor by taking a look at our people’s expertise.

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:

  • Developing your research proposal
  • Intellectual Property (IP) in the research context
  • Knowledge of Research Ethics and Integrity
  • Presenting your research and argument
  • Refining your academic writing
  • Learning and teaching in practice to support you if you undertake any teaching duties
  • The Fundamentals of Teaching Business
  • Familiarisation with innovative teaching methods and digital learning technology

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, 2018/19 (per year)


UK & EU students, 2018/19 (Part-time, per year)


International students, 2018/19 (per year)


Bench fees

The UK, EU & International 2018/19 Bench fees will range between £1000 to £7000.

PhD by Published Work

Initial registration: £1100
Full registration: £3500

Writing up fees 2018-19

Full-time: £1400
Part-time: £1000


For advice on funding, scholarships and PhD studentship opportunities, please visit our finance pages for postgraduate students and researchers.

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

ARU research

Join us as a PhD researcher and you’ll be joining a group of passionate leading researchers who are experts in their fields. All our research-active staff are dedicated to producing relevant and significant solutions that can be applied in the real world. 

In 2014, 55% of our research publications were recognised as internationally excellent or world-leading in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) and our research was commended for having considerable impact on society. Since 2014 we have been involved with more funded projects in a range of exciting and relevant social and economic problems. We fully expect that the investments we have made in developing our staff and recruiting top professors will significantly improve our performance in the next REF in 2021.

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 available PhD opportunities:

Looking for something else? Each of our departments cover a full range of business areas and offer numerous PhD opportunities. Take a look at our people to find someone with the expertise you’re looking for:


A PhD research degree is an excellent way to progress your business or management career or pursue a career in academia. Your research topic and thesis can focus on an issue close to your own interests, your employer’s or industry’s. Plus, you can opt to study part-time or full-time with study solutions to fit your needs so you can make your programme work for you. 

Thanks to our international reputation and the comprehensive research training and development we provide, we’re a compelling option if you want to pursue an academic career. Modules include academic writing and publishing, compiling research bids, conference presentation, research methods and management, networking and team working.

Contact details

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

Entry requirements

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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