Our Integrated PhD Management (at our Colchester Campus), provides a route to doctoral study if you do not have a Masters degree, or have little to no research training. It enables you to spend your first year completing a full-time Masters-level qualification, which will equip you with the business knowledge and research skills needed to begin PhD study the following year. Your PhD will then be studied full time, over the next three years.
You can choose to follow a traditional thesis approach, where you write a dissertation, or follow a 'three paper' thesis, where you produce three research articles, framed by an introduction and conclusion. Your supervisors support you to submit these papers to conferences and for publication in international journals, so you can begin to build you research portfolio well before graduation.
This PhD gives you the opportunity to interrogate issues surrounding the contemporary workplace and how these relate to wider society on a local and global level. 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 (EBS), the largest department at the University of Essex, at our Colchester Campus. We are a business school with an international outlook. Our doctoral students join us from all over the world and we are committed to the UN Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME).
Our Management and Marketing Group, are a group of international researchers aiming to understand the role of the consumer, the value of the employee and the importance of the responsible management practices. They explore topics such as organisational behaviour, business ethics, historical aspects of management, corporate marketing and corporate communication, business model innovation and intersectionality.
Recently published research “A century of change on the London Underground” – looks at ways that commuting on the London Underground has, or hasn’t, changed in over the past century. The research delved into the available data and focused on understanding how the customer experience, rather than the organisation’s internal operations, has been affected by change. Analysis like this helps organisations to understand their customers and to compete against the competition.
Essex Business School provides a highly flexible and supportive PhD experience, where your supervisors develop your professional skills and research expertise in your chosen area. We are the largest department at the University of Essex, with more than 100 doctoral students from more than 40 different nationalities. Our 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 you will have the opportunity to present your work at our PhD conference each year.
If you already have a Masters degree or previous relevant research training, we also offer a PhD Management (at our Colchester Campus) that you can study on a full-time or part-time basis. You may also be eligible for a scholarship.