2018/19 New Entrants, Full Time
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We are not taking any more students on this course until January 2019 due to high demand.
We offer MPhil and PhD courses in Business and Management, and Economics. We currently have around 40 students who study full-time, part-time or by blended. These students share and contribute to a vibrant research community that operates at the cutting edge of knowledge.
The regulations at Staffordshire University award a PhD to candidates who have ‘critically investigated an approved topic resulting in an independent and original contribution to knowledge and demonstrated an understanding of research methods appropriate to the chosen field, (and) presented and defended a thesis by oral examination…to the satisfaction of examiners.’
There are several routes to gaining a PhD.
MPhil/PhD is the most common route for Economics and Business and Management students. The MPhil stage usually includes a critical review of existing academic literature on the subject and often a pilot research study. This can then be written up (30,000 words) and successful students are awarded an MPhil. Alternatively if you decide to progress to the PhD you can do so by a short report (5,000 words) which acts as a summary of the work done so far and a plan for the PhD itself.
Direct PhD is more suitable if you already have a Masters degree in your intended area, for example, an MSc in Economics for a PhD in Economics. MBAs and other generalist business Masters qualifications do not fall into this category so you'll need to take another route (e.g. MPhil/PhD).
The minimum and maximum time periods for full-time MPhil/PhD and Direct PhD study are shown as follows:
Minimum 18 months, maximum 36 months
Minimum 30 months, maximum 48 months
PhD Direct Entry
Minimum 24 months, maximum 48 months
Full time students need to work 37 hours a week, although many work longer hours.
You must have a Masters degree in a relevant area in Business or Management.
In your application, we’ll want to know the area of academic knowledge you want to place your PhD study in. We will then assess whether we can provide supervisors who have the knowledge of your academic area. In order to succeed, you’ll need to demonstrate capability in using research methods – we insist that all successful applicants enrol on a university-wide research methods course.
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