A research degree in business and management is increasingly becoming a requirement for those who intend to pursue academic careers in management and business studies in higher education, and is also relevant to those already in service who wish to develop their careers. The Brunel Doctoral Programme’s flexible but structured framework provide students with well-grounded research training whilst advancing academic knowledge and understanding of management issues, problems and processes and their organisational and societal contexts.Entry RequirementsApplicants should normally have a master's degree in management or a related social science subject. However applications from candidates with a first degree (minimum upper second) in management or a related discipline will also be considered. Applications from those with a science or technology qualification which has an appropriate management component and/or relevant educational industrial or commercial experience are also welcome. Applications should be made on form AR3 which should be accompanied by a two page statement of your area of research interest and proposed topic. This will be used by the School to evaluate your application and to assess whether appropriate supervision can be provided. Suitable candidates will normally be invited to visit the University for interview. Fees are subject to annual revision and up to date information is provided in a separate University leaflet. The School aims - subject to resources - to offer up to two studentships to exceptional candidates accepted onto the programme. These are allocated on a competitive basis and are intended to contribute to fees and maintenance (non-EU students are required to pay the difference between UK and overseas fees). Suitably qualified research students who are funded by the school will be employed on a part-time basis in the School as Teaching Assistants. Duties normally involve leading undergraduate seminar classes and the directed marking of student work. Further information on this possibility will be provided to successful applicants. Course AimsResearch on business and management is important to the process of wealth creation and the quality of life more generally. However, business and management studies has been identified by organisations such as the Economic and Social Research Council as an area in which there is a shortage of well qualified and trained researchers. In addition, a research degree in business and management is increasingly becoming a requirement for those who intend to pursue academic careers in management and business studies in higher education, and is also relevant to those already in service who wish to develop their careers through undertaking research. A growing number of employers value the training and critical thinking, both in developing projects and ideas and in challenging assumptions and arguments, that a research training in management studies offers.
The Doctoral Programme in Business and Management has been established at Brunel with the express objective of addressing these needs. The Programme provides a flexible but structured framework of individual research supervision, seminars and taught courses. The aim is to provide students with a well grounded research training whilst at the same time adding to the School's overall purpose of advancing academic knowledge and understanding of management issues, problems and processes and their organisational and societal contexts. Course ContentThe Doctoral programme is designed to provide students with both a formal research training in management theory and research and a supportive environment in which to pursue their individual research interests. To this end, in the first year (or the first two years for part-time registrations), the programme includes advanced taught courses in management research methods. In subsequent years, in addition to conventional one-to-one supervision, a range of seminar-supported activities are provided.
Registration for a research degree can be undertaken on a full- or part-time basis subject to the University's rules concerning length of registration. The School expects students registered full-time to complete their PhD research within three years and MPhil research within two years. Students registered on a part-time basis will be expected to complete their research within six years for a PhD and four years for an MPhil. It is normal practice in the School for all students to register initially as MPhil candidates. The first review of progress is therefore used to determine whether the candidate's registration should be upgraded to PhD.AssessmentStrong emphasis is placed on the periodic monitoring and evaluation of the progress of research students. Candidates for research degrees have their progress assessed at a formal annual review. This involves the submission of written work and a discussion of this work with members of the School's staff. This discussion provides the basis for both verbal and written feedback to the student over and above that provided by the student's supervisor through the year.Special FeaturesResearch in the SchoolAll members of the School's lecturing staff are active and committed researchers. The School has particular research strengths in the areas of technical innovation and organisational change, eCommerce and eBusiness, human resource management and industrial relations, small businesses, local economic development, strategic management, management learning, organisational agenda setting, gender, leisure and sports management, multimedia and business computing.FacilitiesThe School provides desk space, computer facilities and meeting space for research students. More general information concerning University library and computing facilities for research can be found in the Postgraduate Prospectus.