Research course

Supply Chain, Business IT, Music and Creative Industries Management Specialisms

University of Bolton · Faculty of Wellbeing and Social Sciences

Entry requirements

For the MPhil you should have at least an upper second class (2.1) honours degree in a relevant subject; upon satisfactory progress you will be able to transfer to the PhD. For the PhD you should also have a masters degree in a relevant subject. For applicants who have not studied their previous qualifications in English a TOEFL score of at least 575 (written)/230 (computer-based) or an academic IELTS score of at least 6.5 will be required.

Months of entry


Course content

You may already be working professionally in the field you wish to research or you may already have extensive knowledge of your field. Alternatively, you may be a business professional with the basis of your research in mind, looking for a way to formalise and extend your knowledge and skills within the framework of a research degree.

Whether any of these apply or you have other reasons for studying a research degree, business professionals and/or academic practitioners who hold an MPhil or PhD from the Business, Leadership, Innovation and Systems (BLIS) Research Centre possess a broad understanding and extensive knowledge of today's complex business world.

The award of a UK doctorate is based solely upon individual research, presented in the form of a thesis.
We expect prospective candidates to have a good honours degree or its equivalent in a relevant discipline. You may also have an appropriate masters degree, or other demonstrable research experience and writing skills.

The doctorate-level programmes at the BLIS Research Centre are intended for professionals, graduates and career-minded individuals seeking to develop as a managerial, industrial, or academic professional in their chosen field of study. You should be seeking the knowledge that will allow you to respond operationally and strategically to the demands of, and function effectively within, a wide range of business and academic environments, and have a desire to make a significant contribution to knowledge in the field and to your own career development.

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Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MPhil
    part time
    24 - 42 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    18 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • PhD
    part time
    48 - 72 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

University of Bolton Enquiries
+44 (0)1204 903903