Research course

Business and Management

Brunel University, London · Brunel Business School

Entry requirements

A Master's degree or equivalent and a good honours degree may be considered.

Months of entry

January, December, November, October, September, August, July, June, May, April, March, February

Course content

Research Opportunities

Brunel Business School offers an exciting, productive and supportive environment for your PhD studies. Through your progress towards a PhD you will be mentored by an expert supervisory team.

BBS consider PhD students as junior members of staff and you will be regarded accordingly with invitations to our research centres, seminar series, technical courses and conferences. You will benefit from an international community of research scholars from many countries and access to sophisticated physical and electronic library resources.

You will join a stimulating, rewarding and vibrant research culture, contribute to the annual PhD Symposium and engage fully with your designated Research Group. BBS offers professional research training through enjoyable social engagement within a collegiate and collaborative intellectual university setting.


A PhD - a Doctor of Philosophy degree - involves undertaking primary research into a specific area of interest. A full-time PhD usually takes up to three years. To be awarded a PhD, your research will need to of a suitable standard and your findings set out in an appropriately detailed thesis. Your thesis is then submitted for formal assessment by academic referees. The final hurdle in the process is the viva during which you will be questioned in depth about your research by a panel comprising senior academics from Brunel and other universities.


An MPhil may be awarded to a student who undertakes research of a suitable standard but who does not submit a full thesis.

New Route - PhD

The New Route PhD is a four-year research-based programme. In addition to pursuing their research, students spend their first three years studying a tailor-made programme of taught modules that underpins their doctoral study and enhances their skills as a researcher.

PhD without residence - Ahlia

A research degree in business and management from Brunel University delivered in Ahlia University, Bahrain. The three year PhD programme is fully accredited and is recognised as equivalent to a degree provided on campus. The certification will be issued by Brunel University.

Applicants for all PhD programmes will normally expected to hold a good honours degree in a relevant academic discipline as well as a successfully completed master's degree. Applicants who do not meet these academic requirements, but can demonstrate significant occupational experience will be considered on a case by case basis.

Applications can be submitted online. To support your application please include:

  • A research proposal (1,500 words)
  • Transcripts and certificates
  • Two reference letters
  • Statement of purpose
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Sponsor details if applicable
  • Proof of English level if applicable

For our PhD enquiries please contact:

Department specialisms

Industrial Relations; Business Ethics; Human Resources; Change Management; Small Business; Innovation; Technology Policy; Management Learning; Organisational Behaviour; E-commerce.

Fees and funding

Postgraduate funding at Brunel University London

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months
part time
72 months


part time
48 months
full time
24 months

Course contact details

Research Enquiries
01895 298973