Business - Research, MPhil/PhD

Business - Research, MPhil/PhD

A Master of Philosophy (MPhil) with possibility to transfer to a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) involves the systematic acquisition and understanding of a substantial body of state-of-the-art knowledge in your chosen academic disciplinary field or area of professional practice, in business or economics; and the creation of new knowledge, through original research and advanced scholarship, to extend the forefront of that disciplinary field or area of practice.

It also provides 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. The MPhil/PhD programme guides you to achieve these goals. Unlike taught programmes (such as bachelor's and master's programmes), it provides a more critical and rigorous exploration of your particular subject area, and places much more emphasis on original research and the contribution to knowledge. The award is essentially based on the thesis; taught courses, to be taken in the first year, lay the foundation from which you will develop advanced research skills including data gathering, analysis and presentation.

The normal route accepted by the University is to register first as MPhil student, and transfer to PhD after demonstrating sufficient progress in the research (usually after about 12-18 months from start). At the heart of the MPhil/PhD programme is the learning contract between the student and the research supervisors. The supervisors 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. The supervisors are also your first point of contact in the Faculty.

The Faculty of Business has capacity and expertise to 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 Faculty of Business 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 southeast London and Kent). For further information, guidance on how to apply and an application form, please visit


Greenwich Campus


18-36 months full-time
30-48 months part-time
36-60 months full-time
48-72 months part-time

Entry requirements

Applicants should have:

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 Faculty of Business. The research interests of the Faculty are listed here:

* Please submit a detailed research proposal of approximately 1,500 words, your CV, transcripts, and evidence of language proficiency if relevant with your application.

* There are intakes in September and in January. For a September start, you must apply by 31 May. For a January start, you must apply by 30 September. If you are applying for a specific studentship which has been advertised, you must apply by the deadline given in the advertisement.


Students are assessed through submission of their thesis and an oral examination. They also have to pass a small number of preparatory training courses.

Career options

This programme prepares students for a career in research, whether in academia or in the research and development departments of businesses or government bodies.


  • Induction
  • Core courses: Research Methods and Advanced Research Methods
  • Optional courses: Qualitative Methods, Quantitative Methods
  • Research students' seminar and conference
  • Post-Graduate Researcher Development Programme (face-to-face and online)
  • Other training events
  • Thesis

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"I am really happy with my supervisors and the kind of support they are providing. I am pleased with the resources the university is providing and the networking opportunities I am establishing in the university. For these reasons I would recommend someone to study at the University of Greenwich.

  One good thing about the University of Greenwich is that it offers scholarships to the MPhil and PhD students. For example I am a scholarship student and the Business School contributed towards my fee, which is a motivating factor."Sridevi Yerrabati
Business - Research, MPhil/PhD

"The best thing about studying the PhD degree is the supervision that we get from our supervisors. The interaction that we have with the fellow research students and for me it is being on this brilliant site here."Lloyd Miller
Business – Research, PhD

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