Postgraduate - research prospectus

Business - Research, MPhil/PhD

Our Business MPhil/PhD enables you to undertake rigorous and critical exploration. Study a UK-based doctorate degree, offering support from an expert supervisor.

Why study this at Greenwich?

  • Want to become an independent scholar and conduct ground-breaking research?
  • 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 supervisors will be experts in your chosen field and will provide you with ongoing support and guidance.


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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.

Our Master of Philosophy (MPhil) with the 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 ability to design and realise a research project for the generation of new knowledge, and a deep understanding of applicable research methods for academic enquiry
  • Allow the creation of new scientific knowledge, through original research and advanced scholarship, to extend the forefront of that disciplinary field or area of practice.

Course structure

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

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


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

  • Refining 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.


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.

The Business School's main research expertise is located in its research groups. We have expertise and can supervise research students primarily in the areas of work and employment, human resource management, organisational behaviour, accounting and finance, financial services, critical and social research in accounting, public policy, political economy, applied economics, social and economic network analysis, network science, international business, strategic management, supply chain management, knowledge management, entrepreneurship and innovation, urban systems, marketing and tourism.

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). 


The normal route accepted by the University is to register first as an MPhil student and transfer to PhD after demonstrating sufficient progress in your research. To do this, you will need to apply for the MPhil/PhD course.

Course duration 

  • MPhil is 18-36 months full-time and 30-48 months part-time; 
  • PhD is 24-48 months full-time and 36-40 months part-time;
  • MPhil/PhD is 36-48 months full-time and 48-84 months part-time.

For further guidance on how to apply and the application form, please refer to the entry requirements section


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. The 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.

What you will study

You will develop a deep understanding and appreciation of business activity and the economy through the conception, design and realisation of your original research project in a specific area. Taught courses, to be taken in the first year, lay the foundation from which you can develop advanced research skills including data gathering, analysis and presentation. 

We currently offer the following modules:

  • Research Planning and Managing (mandatory)
  • Advanced Research Methods (option)
  • Qualitative Methods (option)
  • Research Design for Quantitative Research (option) 
  • Advanced Qualitative Methods (advanced option)
  • Econometrics for Postgraduate Students (advanced option)

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Entry requirements

Applicants should have:

  • A taught Master's degree, with a minimum average of 60% in all areas of assessment (e.g. Merit) level or above, in a generic subject area relevant to the subject matter of the proposed research project, and/or
  • A First Class or Second Class, First Division (Upper Second Class) Honours degree in a subject(s) areas relevant to the proposed research project,

In addition to the above, applicants whose first language is not English must also meet the English Language requirement, which is:

  • a Bachelor's or Master's degree transcript from the UK or UKVI recognised Majority English Speaking Country (MESC). A full list of MESCs can be found on the application process page.
  • an IELTS certificate demonstrating that you have achieved a minimum of 6.5 in all elements or an acceptable, demonstrable equivalent to this.

Before submitting an application form, please read carefully the information below.

  • Please make informal preliminary contact with a potential supervisor or research group within the Business School. Include the name of the potential supervisor or supervisors you were in contact with in your research proposal and personal statement.
  • 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

Further details 

Research Programmes

Business School Research Groups

Application process 

Contact the Business School's Research Administrator, email:

Fees and finance

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Funding your study

There is a range of financial support options available to support your studies, including the Aspire@Greenwich award for study resources that many full-time students will receive.

Discover more about grants, student loans, bursaries and scholarships. We also provide advice and support on budgeting, money management and financial hardship.

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Additional information


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


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

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