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Business - Research, MPhil/PhD Postgraduate prospectus

  • Want to learn how to conceptualise, design and realise a project for the generation of new knowledge?
  • Undertake a research project in one of the many areas of expertise within the Business School and start your studies in September or January.
  • Your supervisor will be an expert in your chosen field and will provide you with ongoing support and guidance.

Overview

Overview

Our Master of Philosophy (MPhil) with possibility to transfer to our Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) involves the systematic acquisition and understanding of a substantial body of knowledge in your chosen academic disciplinary field or area of professional practice in business or economics.

Degree aims 

This degree aims to:

  • Provide you with the general ability to conceptualise, design and realise a project for the generation of new knowledge, and a deep understanding of applicable techniques for research and advanced academic enquiry
  • Allow the creation of new knowledge, through original research and advanced scholarship, to extend the forefront of that disciplinary field or area of practice.

Course structure

You will learn to conceptualise, design and realise a project for the generation of new knowledge. Our degree will give you deep understanding of applicable techniques for research and advanced academic enquiry.  

Unlike taught programmes (such as Bachelor's and Master's programmes), this degree provides a more critical and rigorous exploration of your particular subject area. It places much more emphasis on original research and the contribution to knowledge. 

You will attend taught courses in your first and second year to lay the foundation from which you will develop advanced research skills including the gathering, analysis and presentation of quantitative and qualitative data.

Supervisors

At the heart of this MPhil/PhD is the collaboration between you and your research supervisor. Our supervisors, your first point of contact in the faculty, are experts in your chosen area and will guide you through the process of: 

  • Defining the aims of your research project, and its expected deliverables
  • Outlining a suitable plan of work, monitoring its realisation, and helping you to keep your commitment to it
  • Guiding you to obtaining ethical approval to realise your research, if your study requires it
  • Identifying any further taught courses and training events (in addition to mandatory ones) to be attended in support of your research project.

Research

You are encouraged to contact us to discuss your research interests and you will graduate with a degree title that reflects your area of specialism. Your award will be based on the completion of a thesis.

We have expertise and can supervise research students primarily in the areas of human resource management, organisational behaviour, accounting and finance, financial services, critical and social research in accounting, public administration, public policy, political economy, applied economics, social and economic network analysis, international business, strategic management, supply chain management, knowledge management, IT strategies, entrepreneurship and innovation, marketing, tourism, and cultural, art and heritage industries. 

Research is seen as an essential activity for the Business School as a foundation for excellence in teaching, and as a basis to provide contract research and consultancy services to business and the wider community, both nationally and locally (especially within south-east London and Kent). 

Attendance

The normal route accepted by the University is to register first as MPhil student, and transfer to PhD after demonstrating sufficient progress in your research (usually after about 12-18 months from start). 

Attendance for MPhil is 18-36 months full-time and 30-48 months part-time; PhD is 36-60 months full-time and 48-72 months part-time.

For further information, guidance on how to apply and an application form, please visit www.greenwich.ac.uk/research/study.

Employability

We have developed strong relations with many academic institutions, research centres, and companies in the financial centres in London, including in the City, Canary Wharf, and Fenchurch Street. This offers you networking, mentoring and internship opportunities, making it a perfect location to develop your career. 

You can also reach out to top employers through our dedicated Business School Employability Office (BSEO). Our team focuses on developing your employment skills through CV support, interview skills workshops and guidance through mentors to progress in the industry. This includes the opportunity to network with employers and recruiters at career fairs. The BSEO team was shortlisted for the Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Awards; which shows their dedication to actively support career development.

Helping graduates into careers is a very important part of our mission as a university. Job prospects for Greenwich graduates have been improving rapidly, with 93 per cent of 2014/15 Greenwich graduates looking for work were already in jobs or further study by January 2016 (according to latest national figures).

Ranking

Greenwich is one of the top two most globally diverse universities in the UK, US, Australia and New Zealand, by Hotcourses Diversity Index.

We have also been named as one of the "most international" universities on the planet by Times Higher Education magazine.

What you'll study

Entry requirements

Applicants should have:

A relevant UK undergraduate degree at 2.1 or above, or equivalent

OR a Master's qualification.

  • If you were educated in a language other than English and/or English is not your first language, you should normally have a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 (with a minimum of 6.5 in each skill) or an equivalent rating in another Secure English Language Test.
  • Before applying, please make informal preliminary contact with a potential supervisor or research group within the Business School (www.gre.ac.uk/business/research/centres). Please include the name of the potential supervisor or supervisors you were in contact with in your research proposal and personal statement. The research interests of the faculty are listed here: www.gre.ac.uk/bus/research
  • Please submit a detailed research proposal of approximately 1,500 words, your CV, transcripts, and evidence of language proficiency if relevant with your application. It is advisable to include a Gantt chart at the end of your research proposal to summarise the schedule for the research project outlined in the research proposal.
  • There are intakes in September and in January. To be considered for a September start, you must apply by 15 May. To be considered for a January start, you must apply by 15 October. If you are applying for a specific studentship which has been advertised, you must apply by the deadline given in the advertisement.

Applicants from a UK educational background:

For more information, contact courseinfo@greenwich.ac.uk or 020 8331 9000.

Applicants from a non-UK educational background:

For more information, contact international@gre.ac.uk or +44 20 8331 8136.

What people say

"Thoroughly enjoyable and inspiring first year."

Richard Meredith
MPhil/PhD student

"Facing with Thames river with spring blossoms, calm down and enjoy research. The University of Greenwich, where the time and dream starts."

Xiaoyu Gu
Mphil/PhD student

"The interdisciplinary nature of the University of Greenwich, Business School encourages research collaborations involving researchers from different academic backgrounds with a variety of research knowledge and experience thus producing high quality research."

Emmanuel Igwe  
MPhil/PhD student

Extra information

Assessment

You will be assessed through submission of a thesis and an oral examination. You will also have to pass three mandatory courses in year one, one optional course in year two and shorter preparatory training courses.

Professional recognition

This degree is accredited by the European Doctoral Programmes Association in Management and Business Administration, a prestigious body that aims to help its members increase the quality of their PhD programmes.

Careers

You can have a career in research, whether in academia or in the research and development departments of businesses or government bodies.

Fees and finance

Your time at university should be enjoyable and rewarding, and it is important that it is not spoilt by unnecessary financial worries. We recommend that you spend time planning your finances, both before coming to university and while you are here. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

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