Business And Management MPhil/PhD

Location Stoke-on-Trent Campus
Duration 4 Years

2019/20 New Entrants, Full Time

  • Home and EU students: £4,327 per year of study
  • International students: £12,500 per year of study
LocationModeStart dateApply
Stoke-on-Trent CampusFull-time2019/20 Academic YearApply Direct
Stoke-on-Trent CampusFull-time2020/21 Academic YearApply Direct

Course outline

We offer MPhil and PhD courses in Business and Management (for the detail about the research profile and areas of expertise of Staffordshire Business School, please visit this page). 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 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. NOTE 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).

Course content

Time commitment

The minimum and maximum time periods for full-time MPhil/PhD and Direct PhD study are shown as follows:

MPhil only

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.

Entry requirements

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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