PhD Business and Management
The Degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) is awarded by the University in recognition of the successful completion of a course of supervised research, the results of which show evidence of originality and independent critical judgement and constitute an addition to knowledge.
Providing robust and systematic research training is a core strength of our PhD programme. To be able to take full advantage of the training opportunities that are offered students should reside in or within commuting distance from Northampton. We strongly encourage any students who do not reside locally to enrol full-time.
The PhD programme at AMBS offers an annual entry point of September. Complete applications must be received by 30 June – please refer to the Entry Requirements information for further details. However, if you wish to potentially be considered for our funding opportunities, earlier deadlines will be in place.
Teaching and learning
Our research students follow a robust, systematic and flexible research training programme designed to
- complement their own immediate requirements as they plan and write their thesis;
- introduce them to the variety of research undertaken within the Business School; and
- equip them with the broader skills to become leading edge business and management science researchers in the next generation.
The timetable runs from September to May each year. Students are required to attend research training sessions and workshops at the School and submit various pieces of assessed work throughout this period.
Normally, full-time students undertake this training and assessment in their first year of study. Part-timers are permitted to complete the research training element in two years.
Coursework and assessment
Students are assessed in a number of courses as part of their research training programme. In addition, their progress is assessed at various stages of studies through the annual progress review process.
Programme content for year 1
Programme content for year 2
Students may choose additional elective workshops from the Research Training Programme during Year 2 appropriate to their stage of study and to supplement their existing knowledge.
Programme content for year 3
Students may choose additional elective workshops from the Research Training Programme during Year 3 appropriate to their stage of study and to supplement their existing knowledge.
Degree awarded: Doctor of Philosophy
Duration: 36 Months. [Full-Time] / 72 Months [Part-time]
Candidates must hold a Bachelors degree with Honours (to Us standard) of First or Upper Second (2:1) Class , and a Masters degree (to USA standard) with results of Merit at 65% or above (or overseas equivalent).
All applicants are interviewed by prospective supervisors or appropriate academic members of staff. This also provides an opportunity for the applicant to discuss their project proposal. For applicants in the USA, they are invited to attend the interview in person at Alliance Northampton Business School. For applicants based elsewhere, the interview will normally take place by telephone or Skype.
If you applied in the previous year and your application was not successful you may apply again. Your application will be considered against the standard course entry criteria for that year of entry. In your new application you should demonstrate how your application has improved. We may draw upon all information from your previous applications or any previous registrations at the University as a student when assessing your suitability for your chosen course.
Academic entry qualification overview
Candidates must hold a Bachelors degree with Honours (to USA standard) of First or Upper Second (2:1) Class , and a Masters degree (to USA standard) with results of Merit at 65% or above (or overseas equivalent).
Please note: Due to variations in the grading structures of international institutions, higher results may be required than stated here.
Professional qualifications other than a Bachelors Degree and/or relevant and appropriate experience may be taken into account for entry to a PhD programme.