2020 applicants
Postgraduate Research Course

PhD Management

PhD Management

Overview

The details
Management
October 2020
Full-time
5 years
Colchester Campus

This integrated (or 1+3) PhD Management provides a route to doctoral study if you do not have a Masters degree, or only have limited research training.

You begin with a preparatory year, where you undertake a Masters to equip you with the business knowledge and research skills needed to begin PhD study in year two.

This programme attracts students from a variety of backgrounds and nationalities, with wide ranging social science research interests. Our current students range from recent graduates from a variety of disciplines to experienced practitioners, professionals and policy makers, exploring areas such as perceptions of luxury branding, the limitations of the business case for gender equality at work, the impact of change programmes within the NHS, and spatial technologies of control within the retail industry.

You can tailor your work to a profession or sector of your choice and may choose to pursue research in one of the following areas:

  • human resource management
  • international management
  • consumer studies
  • marketing and brand management
  • work and organisation studies

You study at Essex Business School and enjoy a highly flexible and supportive PhD experience, where your supervisors develop your professional skills and research expertise in your chosen area. The Centre for Work, Organisation and Society, organises regular events, which provide you with access to academic and industry expertise, as well as the opportunity to network with scholars from around the world.

We encourage you to attend international conferences and give you the chance to present your work at our annual PhD conference.

You can choose to study on a full-time or part-time basis, allowing considerable flexibility, and we also offer an Mphil and a Masters by dissertation in this subject area.

You may also be able to apply for a scholarship.

Why we're great.
  • Limited research training or don't have a Masters? You can still gain a PhD with this programme.
  • Essex Business School is ranked 25th in the UK for research quality (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019).
  • You become part of the vibrant research community of the Centre for Work, Organisation and Society at Essex Business School.
THE Awards 2018 - Winner University of the Year

Our expert staff

Essex Business School is home to eight research centres across our two campuses and our academics publish in leading business journals. Their work places Essex 25th in the UK for research quality (TGUG 2019).

You are allocated two supervisors during your studies who support you to achieve your individual research goals. They help you develop your research topic and create your personalised training plan. You meet with them at least once a month and attend a supervisory board meeting twice a yearly to discuss your progress and agree 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.

Look at our staff pages to find out more about our areas of supervision.

Specialist facilities

You are based at our Colchester Campus, in the UK’s first zero carbon business school building. The building embodies our commitment to sustainability and business ethics; we are a proud signatory of the UN Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME).

You have access to excellent research facilities, including:

  • a postgraduate study room, with PC access
  • space to meet with your students in our Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) pods, should you decide to embark on a teaching contract
  • a virtual trading floor, complete with industry-standard software
  • databases such as Bloomberg, Compustat, Passport GMID, Bankscope and Datastream
  • e-book finance and business packages to support part-time and distance learning (including Ebrary, NetLibrary, Oxford Scholarship Online, Palgrave Connect and SpringerLink)
  • final year students have access to office space to encourage successful thesis completion
  • group-working space in our stunning winter garden
  • Bonds café with adjacent sun terrace
  • study skills support for research students

The University library is a short walk from our building and our Colchester Campus has lots of IT labs.

Across the road from our building, buses take you to Colchester town centre and the railway station, where you can take trains directly to London. London Stansted airport is just over an hour away, providing connections to mainland Europe.

Your future

Our doctoral graduates have secured roles in academia, as well as organisations in the public and private sectors.

The University’s Employability and Careers Centre can provide careers advice and you can access employability support, such as CV workshops, one-to-one advice and career resources, within the department.

“Doing my PhD at Essex has been a social experience. There’s great peer support, dedicated study areas for research students, regular seminars and social gatherings. There are lots of opportunities to share feedback and encouragement, which have helped keep me motivated through the highs and lows of studying for a PhD."

Saranzaya Manalsuren - PhD Management

Entry requirements

UK entry requirements

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.

International & EU entry requirements

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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English language requirements

If English is not your first language, then we will require you to have IELTS 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component

Structure

Example structure

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.

Research Evaluation

Explore a range of theoretical, philosophical and methodological approaches to the conduct of doctoral research with a focus on the literature phase of a research project. You scrutinise the process of writing an academic literature review, develop a literature-based research plan for your dissertation, integrating subject-specific learning with insights on research methodology and epistemology.

View Research Evaluation on our Module Directory

Philosophies of Research and Advanced Qualitative Research Methods
Research Methods in Management and Marketing

This module introduces the methods of research in the fields of management and marketing. You explore a variety of quantitative and qualitative methods, using examples and case studies to determine the suitability of different types of research in particular situations. You gain understanding of research ethics and acquire the skills to organise and undertake a research project.

View Research Methods in Management and Marketing on our Module Directory

Organisational Behaviour and Human Resource Management

This module is designed to encourage students to think and reflect upon the nature of managing people and organisations. In particular, it encourages students to consider the main topics of Organisational Behaviour and Human Resource Management. Throughout the sessions, the core issues affecting organisational behaviour and outcomes will be discussed and critically analysed. Therefore, it invites participants to consider the tensions emerging from competing views and perspectives. In so doing, the module challenges many of the taken-for-granted assumptions about people management, and provides tools to analyse organisations and to explore the realities of organisational life.

View Organisational Behaviour and Human Resource Management on our Module Directory

Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility

Explore issues ranging from environmental disasters to corporate greed and from executive pay to ethical bottled water. You discover the relationship between management and corporations on the one hand, and society and nature on the other, engaging in debates around ecological sustainability, governance and corporate ethics and responsibility.

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Managing Across Cultures

Managers increasingly find themselves working across borders calling for a thorough understanding of issues that relate to cross cultural management. In this course you enhance your understanding of the way in which globalisation and international business activities affect management and management practices across cultures.

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Strategic Brand Marketing

Strategic brand communication considers all the means by which brand meaning is created and circulated - not only through channels such as promotion and distribution, but also how for example employees are utilised for the purpose of communicating a consistent brand message. You analyse the underlying ideas that inform how brand messages are constructed, and how for example stereotypes or normative ideas of gender are reproduced in those messages.

View Strategic Brand Marketing on our Module Directory

Consumer Behaviour

This module evidences how buyer behaviour plays an essential role in marketing strategy. You consider how marketers use consumer insights and behaviour theory and look beyond the act of buying to consider the entire consumption cycle, from pre to post-purchase. You explore consumer behaviour theories in relation to market consumption, viewing consumers as individuals, decision-makers and social beings, and discuss the wider implications of living in a consumer society.

View Consumer Behaviour on our Module Directory

Perspectives on Marketing

Explore the foundational principles of marketing as an academic subject and practice, by considering marketing from different perspectives including consumer behaviour, the marketing mix perspective, services marketing, retail and place marketing, marketing communications, ethical marketing, and global marketing.

View Perspectives on Marketing on our Module Directory

Assessment

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.

Dissertation

Within Essex Business School, your PhD thesis is generally completed within three to four years and has a length of around 80,000 words.

Your PhD is awarded after your successful defence of your thesis in an oral examination, in which you are interviewed about your research by two examiners, at least one of whom is from outside Essex.

Fees and funding

Home/EU fee

£5,103

International fee

£15,460

Fees will increase for each academic year of study.

What's next

Open Days

We hold open days for all our applicants throughout the year. Our Colchester Campus events are a great way to find out more about studying at Essex, and give you the chance to:

  • tour our campus and accommodation
  • find out answers to your questions about our courses, graduate employability, student support and more
  • talk to our Fees and Funding team about scholarship opportunities
  • meet our students and staff

If the dates of our organised events aren’t suitable for you, feel free to get in touch by emailing tours@essex.ac.uk and we’ll arrange an individual campus tour for you.

Applying

You can apply for our postgraduate courses online. You’ll need to provide us with your academic qualifications, as well as supporting documents such as transcripts, English language qualifications and certificates. You can find a list of necessary documents online, but please note we won’t be able to process your application until we have everything we need. If we are able to offer you a place, you will be contacted via email.

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.

For information on our deadline to apply for this course, please see our ‘how to apply’ information.

Colchester Campus

Visit Colchester Campus

Home to 15,000 students from more than 130 countries, our Colchester Campus is the largest of our three sites, making us one of the most internationally diverse campuses on the planet - we like to think of ourselves as the world in one place.

The Campus is set within 200 acres of beautiful parkland, located two miles from the historic town centre of Colchester – England's oldest recorded town. Our Colchester Campus is also easily reached from London and Stansted Airport in under one hour.

 

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If you live too far away to come to Essex (or have a busy lifestyle), no problem. Our 360 degree virtual tour allows you to explore the Colchester Campus from the comfort of your home. Check out our accommodation options, facilities and social spaces.

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