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Business School MPhil/PhD

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September 2021
January 2021
3 years full-time
6 years part-time
£5,100 (UK)*
£14,400 (EU/INT)*
Course leader
Prof Philip James

This course will give you the opportunity to carry out cutting edge research that will help you understand the challenges of business in a globalised society, making a lasting contribution to business and society. It will prepare you for a career in higher education or in professional practice.

Why study PhD Business School at Middlesex University?

Middlesex University’s Business School has internationally renowned faculty that publish in what the Research Excellence Framework considers ‘world-leading’ and ‘internationally excellent’ journals. This challenging course will suit those who want to be part of a highly diverse School, with staff and students from different parts of the world, building essential research skills, training in research methods and learning how to write and disseminate their work through our redesigned PhD Development programme.

You will be encouraged to present your work in progress in a variety of academic settings, having access to professional networking opportunities in a global metropolis, as well as having the opportunity to undertake teachers' training and, if relevant, teach in the classroom.

Course highlights

  • Offers training and teaching opportunities in Middlesex University Business School
  • Access to consultancy opportunities with government departments through the Centre for Enterprise and Economic Development Research (CEEDR) and the Economics Department

What you will study on the PhD Business School?

Under the direction of your Director of Studies you will conduct empirical or theoretical research that will lead to new knowledge in your chosen field and write a report or thesis of 80,000 words. The route to a PhD at Middlesex University takes a minimum of three years. This includes taking a structured PhD training programme.

Our MBA is designed to prepare students build a range of skills that are linked to independent research, in particular:

  • learn to write effective research proposals and competent literature reviews
  • be trained in research ethics, intellectual property and data protection
  • develop high level verbal and communications skills
  • acquire research management skills and ability to manage tasks and competing deadlines
  • learn how to plan, carry out and oversee research projects

The University monitors your progression through the several stages of your PhD through progression boards. There are three stages of the PhD: the first stage is registration within six  months of enrolment. The second stage is the transfer from the MPhil to the PhD programme. The transfer panel assesses whether sufficient progress has been made to progress to the PhD.   The final stage of the programme is the writing up and submission of the final dissertation at the end of the third year. This involves the production of a final draft of your thesis and its submission for examination (the viva).

You can find more information about this course in the programme specification. Module and programme information is indivative and may be subject to change.

How is the PhD Business School be taught?

Your research supervision will be conducted by a Director of Studies and at least one (second) supervisor from the University. Your supervisory team will help you to clarify your initial objectives, structure your research and develop supplementary skills. They will also advise on subject reading, relevant taught courses, research seminars and workshops.

The Business School provides a three-year research training programme for all MPhil and PhD students. The Business School training is complemented by the generic research development provision offered by the University at large.

You are expected to attend the programme sessions and seminars regularly. Attendance will be monitored and considered in the reviews of student performance undertaken during twice-yearly progression boards.


Students have their progress reviewed in each year that they are registered with the University. Assessment will comprise of the three stages of the PhD:

  • Registration: written proposal (2,500 words)
  • Transfer from the MPhil to the PhD: a research methods chapter (6,000 to 10,000 words) and a critical evaluation of research progress (3,000 to 6,000 words)
  • Thesis submission and viva: final dissertation (80,000 words maximum)
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Professor Anne-Wil Harzing
Professor in International Management

Professor Harzing's area of expertise is in international HRM, cross-cultural management and international business. She is one of the world's top 1% most cited academics in Economics and Business worldwide.

Dr Nico Pizzolato
Senior Lecturer

Dr Pizzolato is a Senior Lecturer in Work Based Learning. His area of expertise is labour and employment relations in a historical perspective.

Dr Anne Daguerre
Associate Professor

Dr Daguerre is Associate Professor in Work, Welfare and Employment.  Her research has been has funded by the ESRC, the Fulbright Commission, the British Academy and the Department for Work and Pensions.

We’ll carefully manage any future changes to courses, or the support and other services available to you, if these are necessary because of things like changes to government health and safety advice, or any changes to the law.

Any decisions will be taken in line with both external advice and the University’s Regulations which include information on this.

Our priority will always be to maintain academic standards and quality so that your learning outcomes are not affected by any adjustments that we may have to make.

At all times we’ll aim to keep you well informed of how we may need to respond to changing circumstances, and about support that we’ll provide to you.

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