Our PhD Entrepreneurship gives you the opportunity to engage with the debates surrounding knowledge production, organisational development and innovation in the new economy.
You study at Essex Business School (EBS), the largest department at the University of Essex, at our Southend Campus. We are a business school with an international outlook, with over 100 doctoral students from more than 40 nationalities. Essex is proud to be ranked 25th in the UK for research quality (TGUG 2018).
Our PhD candidates explore issues such as:
We encourage you to develop connections with practitioners and policy makers and draw on these insights to develop new approaches to the study of entrepreneurship and innovation. We also offer you opportunities to work alongside social enterprises, such as The Big Issue, to inform your doctoral research.
Our Management Science and Entrepreneurship Group organises regular research seminars, giving you the chance to hear cutting-edge research and network with scholars from the School and the wider academic community.
You can opt to study on a full-time or part-time basis and we also offer an MPhil and a Masters by dissertation in this subject.
You may also be eligible for a scholarship.
Essex Business School is home to eight research centres across our two campuses, as well as several leading journal editors. Our Dean is Editor in Chief of the British Journal of Management and serves on the British Academy of Management (BAM) Council.
You work with two supervisors during your studies. They provide guidance and support to help you achieve your individual research goals, help you develop your research topic and create your personalised training plan. You meet with your supervisors at least once a month and are usually required to submit work beforehand to gain feedback in these meetings. Twice a year, you attend a supervisory board meeting to discuss your progress and agree your plans for the next six months.
As well as supporting you to complete your thesis, your supervisors can help you to plan your career development. Our academics often co-author publications with doctoral students and can help you to develop the transferable skills needed for the jobs market.
Take a look at our staff pages to find out more about our areas of supervision.
Our Southend Campus has excellent facilities to help you conduct your research, including:
Our Southend Campus is in the heart of the town centre, with an array of shops, restaurants and bars, and just a short walk from the beach. Southend Central railway station is directly behind our Gateway Building, providing direct services into London and London Southend Airport also offers flights to central Europe.
Our PhD programmes are designed to foster the business leaders and researchers of the future. Our graduates use creativity, innovation and ethical awareness to meet the many challenges facing the international business world.
Our doctoral graduates have secured roles in academia and organisations in the public and private sectors. Recent examples include careers with Leeds University Business School, Cambridge Education and the public sector internationally.
The University’s Employability and Careers Centre can provide careers advice, such as CV workshops, one-to-one advice and career resources.
“I get to work with people from all over the world, each bringing fresh perspectives and experiences. I love being able to share ideas with people from so many different backgrounds. After I complete my PhD, I’d like to continue in academia and work closely with practising entrepreneurs.”
Bahar Afrahi – PhD Entrepreneurship
You will need a good Masters degree, or equivalent, in a related subject. A well developed research proposal is also essential.
You will normally be required to attend an interview/Skype interview for acceptance, and acceptance is subject to research expertise in the department.
We accept a wide range of qualifications from applicants studying in the EU and other countries. Get in touch with any questions you may have about the qualifications we accept. Remember to tell us about the qualifications you have already completed or are currently taking.
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A research degree doesn't have a taught structure, giving you the chance to investigate your chosen topic in real depth and reach a profound understanding. In communicating that understanding, through a thesis or other means, you have a rare opportunity to generate knowledge. A research degree allows you to develop new high-level skills, enhance your professional development and build new networks. It can open doors to many careers.
You begin your studies by meeting with your supervisors and undertaking an intensive induction programme. You attend advanced research methods training and undertake compulsory modules tailored to your individual research needs.
Throughout your PhD, you have regular meetings with your supervisors. You are often asked to write up your ideas or reading notes to help establish good writing practices. By the end of your first year of research, you should have a solid understanding of the key debates in your field and have defined your research questions, outlining your original contribution to knowledge. Our finance students are also expected to have made substantial progress on their first research paper. Those studying via the integrated PhD route (or 1+3) will have completed an additional year to obtain a Masters before beginning their research.
In your second year, you are likely to finalise the design of your own research project and either collect primary data, or access and analyse large scale datasets. You may also make progress on your second research paper. You receive regular feedback on your ideas and findings from your supervisors and are encouraged to develop your own research ideas independently during this year. If you are undertaking fieldwork in another location, your supervisors will still be in touch via email or Skype.
In your final year, you continue to analyse your own research data and further refine your original contribution to knowledge. You will collate your work into a approximately 50-80k words thesis. Our finance students are also expected to make substantial progress on their third research paper.
You may attend a number of conferences in your final year to test out your research findings and thesis on an international stage. Your attendance may be funded by Essex Business School. As well as advising on how to prepare your thesis for examination, your supervisors can advise on future career plans in academia or industry.
Creating a 50-80k word thesis is a significant task. To help you finalise your PhD and produce high quality doctoral research, we have a number of support mechanisms.
You undertake a progress board every six months, where you, your supervisors and an independent chair mark your progress and set objectives for the next period. You are also encouraged to take part in peer group debates and discussions.
Our full-time doctorates are 36 month programmes. At the end of this time, you may be allowed up to 12 months to finish writing up your PhD.
Once you have submitted your thesis, you will be asked to attend a Viva Voce examination with examiners from within and outside of the University. A viva voce examination usually takes place within three months of submission of thesis.
Fees will increase for each academic year of study.
Our Southend Campus events are a great way to find out more about studying at Essex. In 2016 we have a fortnight-worth of activities for postgraduates (in February and March). These events give you the opportunity to discover what our Southend Campus has to offer. You have the chance to:
Check out our Visit Us pages to find out more information about booking onto one of our events. And if the dates aren’t suitable for you, feel free to get in touch by emailing email@example.com and we’ll arrange an individual campus tour for you.
We encourage you to make a preliminary enquiry directly to a potential supervisor or the Graduate Administrator within your chosen Department or School. We encourage the consideration of a brief research proposal prior to the submission of a full application.
We aim to respond to applications within four weeks. If we are able to offer you a place, you will be contacted via email.
For information on our deadline to apply for this course, please see our ‘how to apply’ information.
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