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Postgraduate Research Course

PhD Management Studies

PhD Management Studies

Overview

The details
Management Studies
October 2020
Full-time
4 years
Southend Campus

Our three-year PhD Management (at our Southend Campus) 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.

You can tailor your studies to a profession or sector of your choice and may choose to explore issues such as:

  • marketing and brand management
  • strategic management, including mergers and acquisitions
  • the role of networks in the modern economy
  • organisational power relations and leadership
  • logistics and supply chains

You study as a member of Essex Business School where Essex is ranked 25 in the UK for research quality (TGUG 2019). With us, you join the next generation of social scientists influencing business theory, policy and practice. You become part of a lively, international research community, challenging conventional wisdom to make organisations better places to do business.

You benefit from academic expertise across a range of business disciplines, from sustainability and leadership to identity and brand management. We offer a highly individualised PhD experience, where your supervisors will develop your professional skills and research expertise in your chosen area. The Management Science and Entrepreneurship Group, organises seminars and events which provide you with access to academic and industry expertise, as well as the opportunity to network with scholars from around the world.

You can choose to study on a full-time or part-time basis (usually six years) and we also offer an Mphil and a Masters by dissertation in this subject.

You may be eligible for a scholarship and could have the opportunity to become a Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) to gain valuable experience for your CV.

THE Awards 2018 - Winner University of the Year

Our expert staff

Our academics are recognised for being at the forefront of research in:

  • business ethics and corporate social responsibility
  • organisation studies
  • leadership and strategy
  • finance and banking
  • risk management
  • international management

You are allocated two supervisors during your studies. They provide you with guidance and support to help you achieve your individual research goals and produce a high quality piece of doctoral work. Your supervisors help you to develop your research topic and create your personalised training plan. You meet with them at least once a month and are usually required to submit work beforehand to gain feedback in these meetings. Twice a year, you have a supervisory board meeting when you 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.

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

Specialist facilities

You benefit from excellent research facilities, such as:

  • our award-winning The Forum building, with a library and café
  • 24-hour learning hub, with study spaces, PC access and quiet places for conducting research
  • access to 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)
  • dedicated PhD study space

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.

The University of Essex provides a range of services designed to maximise your academic potential and employability. Essex Business School offers study skills services for postgraduate students, such as help with the University library, research databases, literature reviews and presentation skills.

Your future

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.

Our PhD programmes are designed to foster the business leaders and researchers of the future who use creativity, innovation and ethical awareness to meet the many challenges facing the international business world.

The University’s Employability and Careers Centre can provide careers advice and you have access to CV workshops, one-to-one advice and career resources.

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

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 this postgraduate course online. Before you apply, please check our information about necessary documents that we’ll ask you to provide as part of your application.

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.

Southend Campus

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