Business Administration, Ph.D.

  • N/A
    Application Deadline
  • 36 months
    Duration
  • Tuition
    13350
    Tuition (Year)
    4200
    Tuition (Year)
  • English (take IELTS)
    Language
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The three-year PhD Business Administration gives you the opportunity to explore issues at the frontier of research directly relevant to regional, national and global businesses, with a view to creating new insights and theories into the working world.

About

The current students are researching areas such as:

  • SME strategies in developed and developing countries
  • internationalisation of businesses
  • knowledge driven economy and impact on organisations

You study at Essex Business School (EBS) at our Southend Campus, home to international academics pushing the boundaries of knowledge in issues concerning the growth of business, society and the economy. Our academics are world-renowned for their work on management science, entrepreneurship and the development of small and medium sized businesses (SMEs).

The Management Science and Entrepreneurship Group organises regular seminars and practitioner-orientated events so you can explore the application of the latest academic ideas in business settings. These events also offer a valuable opportunity to expand your academic and professional network with colleagues within the School, as well as visiting scholars and practitioners.

You can choose to study on a full-time or part-time (usually six years) basis.

Accreditation

Officially accredited and/or recognized by the Privy Council, University of Essex is a large (uniRank enrollment range: 10,000-14,999 students) coeducational higher education institution. University of Essex offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees such as bachelor degrees, master degrees, doctorate degrees in several areas of study.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    Full-time
    • Duration 36 months
    Part-time
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

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.

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

They normally require a good Masters degree, or equivalent, in a relevant discipline. You must also submit a well-developed research proposal as part of your application.

If you don’t have a Masters, our four-year integrated PhD (or 1+3), allows you to spend your first year studying at Masters level in order to develop the necessary knowledge and skills to start your independent research in year two. This option is not available to all programmes, so please contact us for more information.

You may be required to attend an interview/Skype interview and acceptance onto our programmes is subject to research expertise in our department.

If English is not your first language, you must meet IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • GBP 13350 International
  • GBP 4200 National

Funding

For up-to-date information on funding opportunities at Essex, please visit: www.essex.ac.uk/studentfinance.

StudyPortals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.