Professional Doctorate in PhD Business

    About This Professional Doctorate

    Course Description

    Course Outline

    We offer two different levels of postgraduate research, each in either full-time or part-time mode. These degrees by research require an original contribution to the body of knowledge in a particular academic or professional discipline.

    PhD - 3 academic years of full-time study or 6 years of part-time study.

    Students are registered initially for the degree of PhD (Doctor of Philosophy), although their status is probationary until the first Annual Review has taken place, normally between 12 and 18 months from first registration. All research students must also subject their work to an annual progress review.

    Postgraduate research is not to be taken lightly! Above all, we seek to achieve an acceptable match involving a capable and well-motivated student, an appropriate research topic, and a member of faculty able / willing to supervise the research. A limited number of scholarships are available.

    Start dates are available in January, April, July or September.

    Find out more about our Business School.

    Quality teaching

    We offer high quality, traditional Oxbridge-style teaching, which leads to our degrees being recognised around the world. The standards of degrees and awards are safeguarded by distinguished external examiners – senior academic staff from other universities in the UK – who approve and moderate assessed work.

    High calibre staff

    Most of our academic staff teach for three terms out of four, with the remaining term used for research. Because of this, we have no difficulty in attracting high calibre, highly respected lecturers, many of whom also have a background in business or industry and can offer networking opportunities for students.

    Teaching Method

    Candidates spend a considerable part of their studies undertaking supervised research, at the end of which they submit a thesis embodying the results of that research. This thesis must demonstrate familiarity with, and an understanding of the subject, its principal sources and authorities. It should display critical discrimination and a sense of proportion in evaluating evidence and the judgement of others. The subject should be dealt with in a competent and scholarly manner.

    Research Options

    Recent examples of doctoral work include dissertations on:

    • transformational management in Eastern Europe
    • the role of knowledge management in creating a customer-driven service organisation
    • the development of effective call centre agents.
    • the professional service firm: designing delivery systems
    • the effective call centre employee
    • pricing decisions and the neo-classical economic theory of the firm

    Research proposals are invited from areas of marketing, accounting, finance, strategy, organisational behaviour and service management.


    Details of scholarships can be found on our Bursaries and Scholarships page. You should make an application to study at the University and receive an offer letter confirming our acceptance of your application before applying for a scholarship.

    Apply here

    Visit the PhD Business page on the University of Buckingham website for more details!

    (Student Profile)

    Temitope Ola Fadeyi

    "Two good degrees in three years and the opportunity to serve my colleagues as undergraduate and postgraduate student representative on senate and council were the highlights of my success story at the University. I am now a proud alumnus of the University and I won't trade that for anything in the world. The teaching, support and attention I got from my tutors at the Business School was amazing. The University was definitely a good value for my money during my time."

    (Student Profile)

    Yvonne Wangechi Migwi

    "When I reflect on my one year in the MSC Management in a Global Service Economy programme I must say I have matured intellectually and socially which has prepared me even more in unpredictable ways for my career.
    First and foremost, the learning environment that the University of Buckingham offered was very conducive. I found myself enjoying the peaceful neighbourhood and welcoming community that gave me a sense of belonging which was ideal especially being an international student. Working with students from diverse cultural backgrounds was insightful and listening to their different outlooks communicated across the multi-cultural teams was revealing and at the same time enjoyable.
    My highlight of the programme was the quality of the content delivered by the lecturers who have extensive professional and academic experience. The practical case studies carried out in groups covered the missing gaps and linked the different business topics together, leading me to have a macro view on todays globalized realm essential for the continuation of my professional career. In addition, carrying out a self –independent six month research was at first challenging but with the supportive administration and encouragement from my peers, the journey proved to be informative and enlightening. I can honestly say, the programme has really helped me look at things differently with more perspective on one hand and a distinction on the other hand!!"


    Postgraduate first class scholarship - No. of awards TBC

    The first class scholarship is available to both home and international students following a taught postgraduate degree at the University. The scholarship will reduce tuition fees by 33%.

    Value of Scholarship(s)

    % discount


    The scholarship will be automatically awarded to applicants who already have a first class honours degree that is recognised to UK standard.

    Application Procedure

    The scholarship will be automatically awarded to applicants who meet the criteria.

    Further Information

    Entry Requirements

    Applicants are normally expected to have a first or second class, upper division degree or significant experience.

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