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Business PhD (Doctor of Philosophy)

Mode Duration Attendance Start date
Full time 3–4 years Scheduled weekday attendance year 1; weekday attendance in year 2 and onwards October 2017
Part time 6–8 years (year 1 can only be completed full time) Weekday attendance in year 2 and onwards October 2017

Choose Kingston's Business PhD (Doctor of Philosophy)

Whether you are planning a career in academia or as a professional researcher, the EPAS-accredited Kingston Business PhD will enable you to develop your skills and knowledge and enhance your professional credibility. The thesis provides an opportunity to make a distinct and original contribution to knowledge in your chosen field.

Kingston Business School has joined an elite group of global institutions to be awarded the prestigious international accreditation by the AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business). A hallmark of excellence in business education, the accreditation has been earned by just 5 per cent of the world's business schools.

Additional masters qualification

The distinct characteristic of the Kingston PhD is that you are able to gain a Business and Management MRes as part of your doctoral studies. The MRes is fully integrated within the PhD programme and is designed to provide a sound training in business research methods as well as a critical understanding of the conceptual and philosophical foundations of management research. The Business and Management MRes is also available as a standalone qualification.

Assessment

Your PhD thesis should be around 80,000 words and will be the subject of an oral examination in which you will show both how you have critically investigated your area of research and made an independent and original contribution to knowledge.

Course structure

Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list. Those listed here may also be a mixture of core and optional modules.

Year 1 (MRes)

  • Investigate different research techniques. You will learn how to:

    • evaluate different methods;
    • select the most appropriate for a specific research question;
    • develop research design plans; and
    • construct and test data collection methods.

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  • Plan and execute data handling and analysis, understand the principles and techniques behind the analysis and link data to research questions and aims. You will:

    • look at both qualitative and quantitive data;
    • become proficient in the use of dedicated software tools and techniques; and
    • develop skills in writing up and reporting results.

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  • Develop an in-depth understanding of different types of advanced and specialised qualitative research techniques. This will include:

    • identifying the most appropriate context for their use;
    • assessing their strengths and weaknesses; and
    • understanding the principles behind them.

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  • Develop an in-depth understanding of different types of advanced and specialised quantitative research techniques. This will include:

    • identifying the most appropriate context for their use;
    • assessing their strengths and weaknesses; and
    • understanding the principles behind them.

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  • The module provides an opportunity to explore the literature relevant to your area of research in order to formulate and justify a research question. As such, the module involves you working with your supervisor on a one to one basis to identify and then critique and synthesise relevant streams of literature to provide a theoretical foundation for your doctoral research proposal.

     

    This module is delivered primarily through consultations with your supervisor, supported by workshops on identifying, reviewing and critiquing relevant literature.

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  • The module is designed to allow you to develop a research design to address a literature-informed research question (developed in the Literature Review module), and which will form the basis of your doctoral research. In the course of developing your research design, you will identify an appropriate research design and data collection methods to address the underpinning research questions and consider the operational issues in implementing the research design.

    This module is delivered primarily through consultations with your supervisor, supported by workshops on selecting, presenting and defending a research design.

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Year 2 onwards (PhD)

  • Independent study supported by a team of at least two supervisors

You will have the opportunity to study a foreign language, free of charge, during your time at the University as part of the Kingston Language Scheme. Options currently include: Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

We aim to ensure that all courses and modules advertised are delivered. However in some cases courses and modules may not be offered. For more information about why, and when you can expect to be notified, read our Changes to Academic Provision.

A copy of the regulations governing this course is available here

Details of terms dates for this course can be found here

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Accreditation

EPAS logoThis course is accredited by the European Foundation for Management Development.

Kingston Business School AACSB accredited

AACSB accreditation

Kingston Business School joins an elite group of the top 5 per cent of institutions worldwide awarded the prestigious AACSB accreditation.

Kingston University wins 2017 Guardian University Award

Guardian University Award 2017

The award for teaching excellence included specific praise for the inclusivity and accessibility of the University's courses.

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