Research course


University of Buckingham · Business School

Entry requirements

Applicants are normally expected to have a first or second class, upper division degree or significant experience.

Months of entry

January, April, July, September

Course content

Course outline

These degrees by research require an original contribution to the body of knowledge in a particular academic or professional discipline.

  • PhD - 3 academic years of full-time study or 6 years of part-time study.

Students are registered initially for the degree of PhD (Doctor of Philosophy), although their status is probationary until the first Annual Review has taken place – normally between 12 and 18 months from first registration. All research students must also subject their work to an annual progress review.

Postgraduate research is not to be taken lightly! Above all, we seek to achieve an acceptable match involving a capable and well-motivated student, an appropriate research topic, and a member of faculty able / willing to supervise the research. A limited number of scholarships are available.

We currently have 12 research students registered in the Business School. Over the past five years, we have had 9 successful PhD candidates with a similar number of successful Masters candidates.

Research Options

Recent examples of doctoral work include dissertations on:

- transformational management in Eastern Europe

- the role of knowledge management in creating a customer-driven service organisation

- the development of effective call centre agents.

- the professional service firm: designing delivery systems

- the effective call centre employee

- pricing decisions and the neo-classical economic theory of the firm

Research proposals are invited from areas of marketing, accounting, finance, strategy, organisational behaviour, service management and social and economic transformation.

Information for international students

Buckingham is a truly global community with students of all ages and cultures: over 90 countries are represented. It is a place to establish lasting networks, both professionally and socially. Our alumni networks operate successfully all over the world and we encourage them to stay in touch with us.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Please visit our website for the latest information on tuition fees, scholarships and bursaries.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    part time
    72 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Business Admissions
+44 (0)1280 820227