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PhD ( Doctor of Philosophy )

What Is A PhD? ( Brief definition)

In the UK, a PhD stands for ‘Doctor of Philosophy’, sometimes referred to as a ‘doctorate’. It is the highest level of degree that a student can achieve. At some institutions, including Oxford University, a Doctor of Philosophy is known as a DPhil. It is distinct from professional doctorates such as an Engineering Doctorate (EngD).

PhD Entry requirements An undergraduate degree is a minimum requirement and many will also require a master’s degree (such as an MA, MSc or MRes).

How to apply for a PhD
Prospective PhD students are usually expected to submit a research proposal to the department they wish to undertake their study in. Some departments will encourage students to discuss their ideas with an academic working in that field first. The proposal will outline what they intend their research to investigate, how it relates to other research in their field and what methods they intend to use to carry out their research. Some PhD’s however, particularly in the sciences, are advertised as studentships where the research aims are more prescriptive.

How long is the course?
A PhD usually lasts three or four years , any available funding usually lasts for that time. Students may be able to take extra time in order to complete their thesis but this will usually be at their own expense. For part-time, self-funded students, a PhD can take up to seven years.

What’s involved
A PhD usually culminates in a dissertation of around 80,000-100,000 words, based on research carried outover the course of their study. The research must be original and aim to create new knowledge or theories in their specialist area, or build on existing knowledge or theories. Many departments initially accept students on an MPhil basis and then upgrade them to PhD status after the first year or two, subject to satisfactory progress. Students who are not considered to be doing work appropriate for PhD level can instead submit a shorter thesis and gain an MPhil.

There is little taught element in a PhD – students are expected to work independently, supported by their department and a supervisor. There may be seminars to attend and/or lab work to complete, depending on the subject. During their study, students will try and get academic papers published and present their work at conferences, which will allow them to get feedback on their ideas for their dissertation.

Career prospects for PhD Students
PhD graduates who go on to work in academia usually start off by undertaking postdoctoral research and then a fellowship or lectureship. Other career options will depend on what the PhD was in – commercial research is an option for some, and many are able to use their specialist knowledge and research skills in areas of business and teaching.

Choose LondonBES Business PhD
Whether you are planning a career as an academic within the education sector or as a professional researcher within the public or private sectors, the LondonBES Business PhD will enable you to both develop the appropriate research skills and enhance your professional credibility.
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.

Staff teaching on this course
London Business E-School, school are internationally recognised as leading centres of PhD learning, providing a stimulating and supportive study environment.

Business School staff
As a student at LondonBES you will receive support from the School's extensive network of highly skilled academic staff.

International reputation for teaching expertise
Our academic staff are recognised for providing a high-quality service to their students and external partners, with some individuals having gained international reputations for their leading work in research and development. Full-time staff are augmented by visiting specialists from industry and the professions to ensure that we keep abreast of the latest thinking and developments.

Innovative research environment
Our teaching is focused on applying theory to real, practical situations. All our courses are structured to ensure a stimulating and balanced programme of study. Plus your learning experience is enhanced with the use of a wide range of teaching resources including e-learning technologies, interactive classroom sessions and student-led group projects. demonstrating the significance and impact of research in the Faculty.

Research areas
Research is an essential part of the day-to-day life of LondonBES and is embedded in its intellectual activities and development. As a Doctoral student you will be actively contributing to the research community and research profile of the Business School.

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 structure
    Research Design and Data Collection
    Foundations of Data Analysis and Reporting
    Advanced Quantitative Research Methods
    Advanced Qualitative Research Methods
    Organisation Theory and Management
    Dissertation Proposal

Year 2 structure
    Research Colloquium
    Workshops and Skill Development

Years 3 and 4 structure
    Research Colloquium
    Workshops and Skill Development

Entry requirements
What you need to apply for this course
Candidates should normally possess:
1- master degree in general management or a business related subject;
2- two personal references from academic referees confirming candidates' suitability for the programme.

candidates should be able to provide evidence of relevant educational, professional and personal experience that meet their high intellectual and personal demands of the programme; and their potential to complete the programme within the designated time.
Holders of non-UK degrees will be subject to the University's normal entry procedures for equivalence of qualifications.

Qualification        PhD (by Research)
Duration               Full time: 3–4 years
Assessment        80,000 word thesis; oral exam

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