Business PhD

Course detail & modules

We provide a stimulating and supportive environment where you will benefit from: 

  • peer feedback and discussion 
  • support by a supervisor and second supervisor suited to your project. 
About PhD study

This course is available for you to study either on a full-time or part-time basis and you have the flexibility to switch should you need to.

A PhD is founded on independent research.  You will undertake a systematic and in-depth exploration of your chosen topic to produce make an original and important contribution to the subject area.  

The support provided by your supervisory team will be vital to your student experience and scholarly advancement.  You and your supervisors will have regular one-to-one meetings which will provide you with opportunities to develop your research topic and discuss your progress.

Entry requirements

The minimum entry requirements for a research degree are:

  • a good first degree (First Class or Upper Second Class), or equivalent qualification in a relevant field
  • a Masters Degree (MA, MSc, MBA or MRes) with Merit, or equivalent postgraduate or research experience.  

You should be researching in an area that falls within the Claude Littner Business School’s current research activities, to enable us to appoint a suitable supervisors.

In addition to the documents mentioned in the “How to apply”  section below, it will help our assessment of your application if you also submit a copy of your Master’s dissertation at the same time.

For applicants successfully progressing from the initial stage of assessment based on the documents submitted, you will be invited to attend an interview.

Compulsory modules

Study & career progression

Studying for a PhD enables you to develop an area of specialism that will give you an edge whether you are planning to work in industry or to develop expertise to teach in academia.

During your PhD, you will also be learning transferable core skills that apply to jobs both in and out of academia, including:

  • written and oral communication
  • research and information management
  • public speaking   
  • project management
  • leadership
  • critical Thinking
  • collaboration
  • analysis and problem-solving
  • conflict resolution
  • negotiation.

By the end of your research degree you will be able to articulately apply these skills to enhance your career path.