Business (Doctor of Philosophy)

Study mode:Full-time Languages: English Duration:36 months
Local:$ 4.65k / 1 Academic year(s) Foreign:$ 12.6k / 1 Academic year(s)  
StudyQA ranking:1639

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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 Kingston Business PhD will enable you to both develop the appropriate research skills and enhance your professional credibility.

The Kingston PhD will develop your skills and knowledge, and enhance your professional credibility, whether you are planning a career in academia or as a professional researcher. Through your thesis you have the opportunity to make a distinct and original contribution to knowledge in your chosen field of enquiry.

Kingston Business School is a recognised ESRC (Economic and Social Research Council) outlet and ESRC recognises this programme as fulfilling its requirements to provide broad-based research training. The Kingston PhD offers the unique opportunity to obtain an MSc in Management and Business Studies Research as part of your progression through the programme.

Kingston Business Schoolis internationally recognised as a centre of excellence in HRM, marketing and general management.


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
* Induction
* 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
* Dissertation

Year 2 structure
* Research Colloquium
* Workshops and Skill Development

Years 3 and 4 structure
* Research Colloquium
* Workshops and Skill Development


Candidates should normally possess:

* a first or second class honours undergraduate degree AND a masters degree in general management or a business-related subject; and
* two personal references from academic referees confirming candidates' suitability for the programme.

In addition, candidates should be able to provide evidence of:

* relevant educational, professional and personal experience;
* their ability to meet the 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.

What next?
Suitable candidates will be invited to attend an interview with the research programmes director and a potential director of studies.

International students
All non-UK applicants must meet our English language requirements. For this course it is Academic IELTS of 7.0 overall with special conditions in all elements. Please make sure you read our full guidance about English language requirements, which includes details of other qualifications we'll consider.

Applicants who do not meet the English language requirements may be eligible to join our pre-sessional English language course.

Applicants from one of the recognised Majority English Speaking Countries (MESCs) do not need to meet these requirements.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 7

IMPORTANT NOTE: Since April 2014 the ETS tests (including TOEFL and TOEIC) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa.

The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.


The Faculty of Business and Law advertises for a number of research student opportunities through PhD studentships and graduate teaching assistants.



This course is accredited by the European Foundation for Management Development.

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