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    Professional Doctorate in Business - Research (MPhil/PhD)

    About This Professional Doctorate

    Course Description

    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.


    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.


    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). 


    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


    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).


    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.


    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.


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

    Visit the Business - Research (MPhil/PhD) page on the University of Greenwich website for more details!

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    Entry Requirements

    A relevant UK undergraduate degree at 2.1 or above, or equivalent OR a Master's qualification.

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