By studying for your research degree at Essex Business School, you join the next generation of researchers shaping business theory, policy and practice. You not only further your understanding of contemporary business issues, you can challenge conventional thinking and make lasting contributions to your field.
You’re supervised by world-leading academics, producing cutting-edge research that helps organisations innovate and economies flourish. Working in one of the UK’s youngest, most dynamic business schools, our researchers are entrepreneurial and have the courage to tackle some of businesses toughest challenges, from gender inequality to tax avoidance. Join us and help champion a more responsible approach to management for the benefit of organisations and society.
With doctoral students from all over the world, we’re the business school to launch your international research career.
Our traditional three-year PhDs will suit you if you already have a Masters degree which included a substantial element of research training. Our integrated PhDs (or 1+3s) are designed for those without a Masters degree, or for students who have little to no research training. You spend your first year doing a Masters to develop the required knowledge and skills to begin your PhD in year two.
You can opt to study full-time or part-time over a longer period. Our research programmes start in October and our full-time doctorates last 36 months, with integrated courses lasting 48 months.
“I really enjoy the opportunities to present my work and lead seminar discussions. Being able to contribute to intellectual debates with leading academics gives me the confidence that I can follow in their footsteps.”
"By undertaking a PhD, you identify as a researcher who has something important and original to say about the world of business. At Essex Business School, we nurture critical thinkers - those who ask not only ‘what’, but ‘why’ and ‘how’. You’re supervised by world-leading researchers, who embrace your aspirations and support your individual needs. You develop skills in research, critical judgement, self-discipline and the presentation of complex ideas. If you’re looking for an opportunity to transform both yourself and the world, then a PhD at Essex Business School is an excellent place to start."