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:
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.
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.
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:
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.
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
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.
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 will increase for each academic year of study.
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:
If the dates of our organised events aren’t suitable for you, feel free to get in touch by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll arrange an individual campus tour for you.
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.
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