Research course

Business and Management

Canterbury Christ Church University · Faculty of Business and Management

Entry requirements

The minimal qualification for PhD applicants is: a good bachelor's degree in a relevant subject, an excellent research proposal. However, a Master's degree is often preferred as evidence of some experience in research. Holders of other qualifications are welcome to apply.


Months of entry

January, October

Course content

Christ Church Business School has a vibrant and growing community of doctoral students, whose research tackles a range of cutting-edge problems in areas that reflect our research themes.

Completing a research degree is an exciting experience and a challenge that requires support and a stimulating environment. Our experienced supervisors will provide you with individual support and encouragement, while our research community will make you feel part of a vibrant network of nationally and internationally recognised researchers.

You will also be part of a large and diverse community of research students across the University. The CCCU Graduate School offers an excellent research skills development programme, and organizes regular conferences for our doctoral students. You will also have the opportunity to develop the employability skills expected of a doctoral graduate.

Our research areas

We welcome enquiries from students and researchers keen to pursue an MPhil/PhD in research in the areas of Business and Finance, or Applied Finance and Economics. Please take the time to read through our ‘IDEAS’ research pages and staff profiles to get a sense of the areas we publish in. If you would like further information, please feel free to contact the relevant member of staff before completing an application for full-time or part-time study.

Currently, we are particularly welcoming enquires from those who are interested in the following areas:

  • Financial market contagion, market interdependences and asset pricing.
  • Technical analysis, market anomalies and trading strategies.
  • Fiscal and monetary policy; empirical and theoretical outcomes of government economic policy, and other applied economic areas.
  • Financial econometrics and Bayesian econometrics.
  • Sustainability reporting, Corporate Social Responsibility, corporate governance and public sector accounting.
  • Small and Medium Enterprises management and financing, working capital management, corporate governance and other related areas.

However, there is expertise in other areas of business for which potential students should refer to the research pages of the Business School website.

Department specialisms

Research mindedness permeates our weekly seminars, regular workshop/conference events and knowledge exchange activities with business stakeholders. It helps enrich our learning and teaching activities, as well as generate economic, community and societal impact for the South Eastern (UK) region, and our leading international business and research partners. We believe in incorporating both conceptual and applied research themes within a highly interdisciplinary environment. Whilst there is a strong need for developing the highest quality of international research publications, we also believe in getting as many people as possible involved in joint research, knowledge exchange and publication activities. Research in the Business School has expanded rapidly in recent years, so this is a particularly exciting time to join us and expand your research horizons, academic CV and overall career prospects. Our range of research and knowledge exchange areas, include: Accounting and Finance Entrepreneurship and Innovation Human Resource Management (HRM), Leadership, Organisational Behaviour and Change Management Marketing, Social Media and Advertising Information Systems and Strategic Management. We also collaborate in areas of shared interest with other Departments for the strongest possible postgraduate supervisory teams, and for you to receive the best available postgraduate educational experience. Many of our international researchers have extensive academic and professional experience in their field and we maintain close links with both academics and practitioners in the UK and abroad.

Information for international students

Canterbury Christ Church University welcomes applications from international Students. Please visit our website.

Qualification and course duration


distance learning
36 months
full time
24 months
part time
36 months


part time
60 months
full time
36 months

Course contact details

Graduate School/Dr Heather McLaughlin
+44 (0) 1227 782701