Research course


University of Essex · Essex Business School
PhDMPhilMSc by research

Entry requirements

Good first degree or equivalent in relevant subject area.

PhD, MPhil and MSc by dissertation.

Months of entry

January, April, October

Course content

Our PhD Entrepreneurship provides the opportunity for global leaders of tomorrow to engage with debates and the dynamics surrounding knowledge production, organizational development and innovation in the new economy.

Throughout your doctoral programme, you are given a range of opportunities that allow you to network with scholars in the research areas of entrepreneurship and innovation, as well as engage in dialogue with practitioners and policy makers. During your study, you will be able to draw on these strong links to provide a creative platform for the generation, consolidation and realisation of new approaches to entrepreneurship and innovation, as well as providing opportunities for you to work alongside existing social enterprises, such as The Big Issue, as a means of informing and developing your doctoral research.

We also offer an MPhil and a Masters by dissertation in this subject and part-time research study is also available.

Our Essex Business School has an international reputation for cutting-edge research in accounting, finance, management and entrepreneurship. This was confirmed when we were ranked second in the UK for accounting and finance research, with 95 percent of our research graded as of international quality. Our work is informed by a broad range of social science theories and concepts, much of it addressing the important issues currently being faced by commercial businesses, public sector bodies and not-for-profit organisations.

We are recognised for being at the forefront of research in: business ethics and corporate social responsibility; organisation studies; leadership and strategy; finance and banking; risk management; and international management. Many of our academic staff have world class research reputations and have written about, or worked, in, a wide range of organisations and this experience is incorporated into your learning experience within our School.

Department specialisms

The internationalisation of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs); entrepreneurship and economic development; business networks and clusters; and the behaviour of SMEs.

Information for international students

IELTS 6.5.

Fees and funding

We offer many funding opportunities to support talented postgraduates, ranging from research council studentships and University scholarships to awards funded by charities and other external organisations. For more information, visit our website at:

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months
part time
72 months


full time
24 months
part time
48 months

MSc by research

part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Admissions Team
+44 (0)1206 873505