Entry requirements

You should have: A relevant UK undergraduate degree at 2.1 or above, or equivalent OR a Master's qualification. If you were educated in a language other than English and/or in a country where English speakers are in a minority, you should normally have a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 (with a minimum of 6.5 in each skill) or an equivalent rating in another Secure English Language Test.

Months of entry


Course content

A Master of Philosophy (MPhil) with possibility to transfer to a Philosophy Doctor (PhD) involves the systematic acquisition and understanding of a substantial body of state-of-the-art knowledge in your chosen academic disciplinary field or area of professional practice, in business or economics; and the creation of new knowledge, through original research and advanced scholarship, to extend the forefront of that disciplinary field or area of practice. It also provides you with the general ability to conceptualise, design and realise a project for the generation of new knowledge, and a deep understanding of applicable techniques for research and advanced academic enquiry.

The MPhil/PhD programme guides you to achieve these goals. Unlike taught programmes (such as bachelor’s and master’s programmes), it provides a more critical and rigorous exploration of your particular subject area, and places much more emphasis on original research and the contribution to knowledge. The award is essentially based on the thesis; taught courses, to be taken in the first year, lay the foundation from which you will develop advanced research skills including data gathering, analysis and presentation.

The normal route accepted by the University is to register first as MPhil student, and transfer to PhD after demonstrating sufficient progress in the research (usually after about 12-18 months from start).

At the heart of the MPhil/PhD programme is the learning contract between the student and the research supervisors. The supervisors are experts in your chosen area and will guide you through the process of: 1/ defining the aims of your research project, and its expected deliverables; 2/ outlining a suitable plan of work, monitoring its realisation, and helping you to keep your commitment to it; 3/ guiding you to obtaining ethical approval to realise your research, if your study requires it; 4/ identifying any further taught courses and training events (in addition to mandatory ones) to be attended in support of your research project. The supervisors are also your first point of contact in the Faculty.

The Faculty of Business has capacity and expertise to supervise research students primarily in the areas of human resource management, organisational behaviour, accounting and finance, financial services, critical and social research in accounting, public administration, public policy, political economy, applied economics, social and economic network analysis, international business, strategic management, supply chain management, knowledge management, IT strategies, entrepreneurship and innovation, marketing, tourism, and cultural, art and heritage industries.

Research is seen as an essential activity for the Faculty of Business as a foundation for excellence in teaching, and as a basis to provide contract research and consultancy services to business and the wider community, both nationally and locally (especially within south-east London and Kent).

For further information, please visit www.greenwich.ac.uk/research/study


Faculty-level training:

  • Induction
  • Core courses: Research Methods and Advanced Research Methods
  • Optional courses: Qualitative Methods, Quantitative Methods
  • Research students’ seminar (weekly) and conference (annual)
  • Bespoke training events

University-level training:

  • Induction
  • Post-Graduate Researcher Development Programme (face-to-face and online)
  • Other training events


Department specialisms

The school has the capacity and expertise to supervise research students primarily in the area of human resource management, organisational behaviour, accounting, finance, financial services, public administration, public policy, economics (especially development and monetary economics), business strategy, knowledge management, IT strategies, entrepreneurship and innovation, tourism, cultural art and heritage industries.

Qualification and course duration


full time
36-60 months
part time
48-72 months


part time
30-48 months
full time
18-36 months

Course contact details

Course Enquiries
020 8331 9000