Course OverviewThe Integrated PhD is a doctoral programme, typically lasting 4 years, for all students but especially for those from outside the UK. It includes at least one year of structured research and subject training. Training is concentrated in Year 1, but continues into Years 2 and 3. We know that many sponsors prefer students to have a thorough grounding in research methods and to improve their subject knowledge before concentrating on their research thesis - the Integrated PhD offers exactly that.
The Integrated PhD lays more emphasis than is usually the case in the UK on structured research and subject training (which are formally assessed).
Interim qualifications are offered to students who decide to leave before completing the full PhD or who are not thought suitable for doctoral study. These interim qualifications are the MRes degree and the MPhil.
Normally we expect students to take at least 4-5 years to complete all phases of the PhD. This makes it especially suitable for new graduates and for those who are not yet sure of their exact research topic.
Year 1 - The MRes degree
The MRes is a 'Masters in Research' degree, a taught Masters course typically lasting one year. This course is broken up into three parts, Part A consists of taught modules taken primarily from the masters programmes within Management Science or other suitable masters degree modules. Your selection of modules will be agreed with the programme director. Part B consists of the development of research methods skills. The subject-based Masters degree is enhanced by the addition of assessed modules in:
- Management research methods and issues
- Research skills
- Quantitative or qualitative methods (depending on the students' background)
and unassessed modules in
- Searching for information
- Intellectual property and copyright regulations
Followed by Part C which is the dissertation.
Years 2, 3 and 4
Successful completion of the MRes is required in order to progress into years 2 and beyond.