Birkbeck, University of London

Birkbeck, University of London


The first year: research training: Birkbeck's PhD Management is more structured than many UK PhDs. In the first year (both full-time and part-time) you are required to take 4 modules for credit. Ordinarily they are the following, although permission to substitute alternate research training modules may be granted: You also take 1 quantitative methods module. The first year (full time) or second year (part time): surveying your field and planning your research: These are the basis for your Research Prospectus, which includes a preliminary literature review and a plan for the rest of your thesis research. The Research Prospectus is examined by a panel of 3 members of the academic staff in June of your first year (full time students) or second year (part time students). The second and third years (full-time) or third through fifth years (part-time): Upon satisfactory completion of the required modules and the Research Prospectus, you proceed to data collection, analysis, and writing your PhD thesis. A PhD is a substantial piece of original research. It requires that you be highly motivated, well organised, and prepared to learn your subject in depth. It requires working independently on your own unique project, and at the same time producing something that will satisfy the standards of the particular academic community that will judge it. When you have completed your literature review and data collection, and made substantial progress in your data analysis, you will upgrade from MPhil to PhD.

Entry requirements

A good degree or Master's qualification in a relevant subject area or equivalent work experience. You must also provide 2 references and a research proposal. If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, our usual requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests.

Course modules

Current subject specialisms include: Marketing, in particular brand management, digital marketing, consumer behaviour, and services/retail marketing; international business; international business and economic development; innovation policy and technology management; comparative employee and industrial relations; skills, new technology, and wages; corporate governance and corporate social responsibility; corporate finance, financial management, venture capital, accounting; strategy as practice; organization theory; information systems strategy; social networks; sport business management; the business and regulation of football. MPhil students are required to take the following 3 compulsory modules: Qualitative research methods; statistical methods for business research; perspectives on organisation - as well as one module from the Department of Management's range of postgraduate modules (or from other departments subject to approval).

Sponsorship information

Our School attracts funding for studentships that ensure researchers of the highest standard can pursue their research with us. Find out more about research funding opportunities at Birkbeck.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PhD Full-time October 2017 - 2 years
PhD Part-time October 2017 - 3 years
PhD Full-time January 2018 - 2 years
PhD Part-time January 2018 - 3 years
MPhil Full-time October 2017 - 2 years
MPhil Part-time October 2017 - 3 years
MPhil Full-time January 2018 - 2 years
MPhil Part-time January 2018 - 3 years

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Department of Management
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