Business PhD - School of Management MPhil, PhD

Research ( full-time, part-time)

Cambridge, Chelmsford

January, April, September

MPhil: Full-time, from 1 to 3 years. Part-time, from 2 to 4 years.

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.

For further guidance on the duration of Research Degrees please refer to the Research Degrees Regulations.

Apply online

Apply directly to ARU by 7 November 2021 (international students) or 5 December 2021 (UK students) for January 2022 entry.

For deadlines for other intakes, visit our how to apply page.

Overview

You will be part of a diverse, international body of researchers whose work is making a positive difference in the world of business and organisations in the private, public and third sectors. Our doctoral programme draws on the expertise of our staff and research centres and supports PhD research students to contribute to current knowledge and practice and progress into careers as academics or expert practitioners.

Find out more about teaching options and studying during COVID-19 in the Entry requirements section, below.

Full description

Supervision and support

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.

Find a supervisor by taking a look at our people’s expertise from the School of Management.

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
  • Research Ethics and Integrity
  • Presenting your research and argument
  • Intensive methodology training week (compulsory)
  • Learning and teaching in practice and the fundamentals of teaching business, to support you if you undertake any teaching duties

Where you'll research

Your faculty

You have a highly active mind and see opportunity everywhere. Now you need theory and life-changing skills to sharpen your approach to management. At the Faculty of Business & Law, you will immerse yourself in a multicultural environment where technology blends with teaching to create a dynamic and innovative learning environment. An environment to help you gain those skills.

Where can I study?

Chelmsford
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Cambridge
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Fees & funding

Course fees

UK students, 2021/22 (per year)

£4,500

UK students, 2021/22 (part-time, per year)

£2,250

International students, 2021/22 (per year)

£13,900

International students, 2021/22 (part-time, per year)

£6,950

Bench fees

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.

Some examples of these costs are (the list is not exhaustive): equipment hire, access costs to specialist equipment/workshops, volunteer expenses, specialist tissue/cell culture, specialist reagents or materials, specialist software, access to specialist databases, data collection costs, specialist media, recording or digital storage needs.

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, and stated in your offer letter.

For 2021/22 the bench fee bands are:

  1. £500
  2. £1,000
  3. £2,000
  4. £4,000
  5. £8,000

PhD by Published Work

Initial registration: £1,300
Full registration: £4,000

Writing up fees 2021/22

Part time: £1,000

Full time: £1,800

Funding

For advice on the doctoral loan and other sources of funding, including ARU scholarships, visit our finance guide for postgraduate 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. 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:

Anglia Ruskin's academic excellence was recognised in 2014 as part of the Research Excellence Framework (REF), an exercise which assesses the quality of academic research. Twelve areas of our work were classed as 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.

Careers

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.

Contact details

If you're interested in finding out more about postgraduate research study opportunities, please contact bl-pgrapplications@aru.ac.uk

Entry requirements

MPhil or PhD with progression from MPhil: You’ll need a Bachelor degree or equivalent with first or upper second class honours, in a related subject area.

PhD: You’ll need a Master degree or equivalent in a related subject area.

Please note we consider candidates for PhD with progression from MPhil in the first instance. If you want to be considered for direct entry to the PhD route then this can be discussed at interview if you are shortlisted. Please note you’ll also need to provide academic justification for this request. 

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.

Whether you're studying entirely online or through a blend of on-campus and online learning in September 2020, you'll need a computer and reliable internet access to successfully engage with your course. Before starting the course, we recommend that you check our technical requirements for online learning.

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Studying during COVID-19

Due to national restrictions all universities in England, including ARU, are only able to provide face to face access to research resources in limited circumstances where access can be justified under movement restrictions. Visit our restrictions page for details. All assessments and supervision are currently conducted online.

Study options
In response to the COVID-19 global pandemic and related Government guidance, your research programme will be framed, wherever possible, to be conducted away from campus and in line with movement restrictions. For some types of research attendance on campus will be essential for some activities, and these activities will need to be undertaken in a COVID-19 safe manner in line with our risk management procedures.

In the event that there are further changes to the current restrictions that are in place within the UK due to the pandemic, we may need all of our researchers to work online only at short notice to remain in line with Government guidelines and ensure the continued safety of our students and staff.

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