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PhD in Management

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The ABS PhD in Management programme is designed to train researchers inspired to become future academics or professional industry researchers. Association with one or two academic groups facilitates specialization in the key management areas or Law:

We invite you to apply to one of the topics that our academics advertise or by submitting your own research proposal to fit with broad themes of research of our academics.


Topics advertised:
 

If you are considering applying with your own research proposal, see the broad research themes of research offered by our academics to help you to position your proposal.

  • Research themes in Marketing
  • Research themes in Economics and Strategy
  • Research themes in Operations and Information Management
  • Research themes in Work and Organisational Psychology
  • Research themes in Accounting
  • Research themes in Finance
  • Research themes in Law

Qualifications

Candidates for entry to the Research Degrees Programme normally hold a First or Upper Second Class Honours Degree from an approved University or Institution of Higher Education. This degree need not necessarily be in Management or directly related to the proposed research subject, but successful candidates must be able to demonstrate their ability to undertake research in the Business School at an advanced level.

In addition, candidates typically hold an approved Master’s Degree in Management or related subjects, including the Social Sciences. This should be with an average of 65% in both taught and dissertation elements. Existing academic publications would be regarded as a valuable aspect of applicant’s profile.

Candidates without a Master’s degree may choose to register initially for the MSc in Management Research, with the possibility of subsequent transfer to the Doctoral Programme after satisfactory completion of the first twelve months of supervised work. In all cases successful completion of the Research Methods Course and the taught Postgraduate module is a necessary prerequisite for proceeding to your research project.

Language Proficiency

For applicants from non-English speaking countries, it is necessary to have taken either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL score of 101) or the British Council IELTS test- score of 7. However, if the Candidate holds a Master's degree from a UK university, this requirement may be waived. 

Summary

  • UG Degree - 2:1 or above

  • MSc - 65% in both taught and dissertation elements

  • TOEFL - 101 (Reading 23, Writing 28, Listening 23, Speaking 23)

  • IELTS - 7 (Reading 6.5, Writing 7, Listening 6.5, Speaking 7)

Value of the Scholarship:

  • Stipend of £17,000 per annum and
  • Full fee waiver (both for EU/Home and International students)

Duration:

  • Three years full time

Eligibility:

  • Scholarships are open to any applicants: Home/EU and Overseas applicants.

Criteria:

The essential application criteria listed below are for all Academic Groupsmanagement areas with the exception of Aston Law – Law applicants should visit the Law pages for details of the Scholarship in this area.

Essential:

  • UG Degree – 2:1 or above
  • Relevant Masters: 65% in both taught and dissertation elements
  • English Language (where required): TOEFL 101, IELTS 7
  • *GMAT/GRE – 70% (i.e. this means that the applicant has obtained a better score than 70% of all tested participants).* 
  • Two academic references
  • Unconditional offer on the PhD Programme

*GMAT/GRE is an independently administered test that assesses quantitative, analytical and verbal skills.  This test allows for a rigorous degree of bench marking between applicants. The minimum requirement of 70% applies to each section. For candidates having additional English Language requirements (TOEFL/IELTS), these results will count instead of the verbal reasoning section. Details on GMAT/GRE can be found here: GMAT and GRE

Desirable:
  • Academic publications

Application Process:

  • Complete the on-line application form for entry to the programme here. Provide all relevant documentation

Decision:

  • All candidates will be informed of the outcome within 6 weeks of their application

Please contact rdp@aston.ac.uk if you have any questions or need further details.

In the first year of the PhD programme all PhD students undertake the taught Research Methods Courses (RMCs) as the foundation of their development as a professional researcher. This is intended to provide them with necessary skills they require both to successfully complete  their PhD degree and to develop themselves as a well-rounded researcher. We offer additional training in specific topics through our Summer School in Advanced Research Methods which helps to develop advanced skills in areas related to the student’s specific topic. 

The RMCs are taught by expert staff in management research and are designed to lead to the development of a Qualifying Report. The Qualifying Report is a presentation of the research topic in which the PhD student is expected to provide academic motivation for the choice of their specific research question, explain what previous research has informed their approach, what research methodology and techniques which they will adopt, and what theoretical and practical contributions their research is expected to make. This Qualifying Report forms the basis for the PhD dissertation. PhD students are expected to defend their Qualifying Report through oral viva examination by two internal examiners who are selected from among ABS academics based on the relevance of their expertise to research topic of the PhD student. Upon successful examination which takes place towards the end of the first year of PhD study the student is allowed to proceed with their dissertation. 

During the second year PhD students typically focus on data collection and analysis, which for some students is associated with travel to research sites where they collect their data. 

Third year is typically a writing up year when PhD students  spend most of their time in the office putting together their dissertation and writing academic papers. We encourage our PhD students to target top academic conferences to get feedback on their research and use this feedback to target academic journals.

We have exciting and vibrant research environment at ABS that enables PhD students to be engaged in various research events and seminars (ABS-wide and PhD-specific). Our PhDs have a dedicated research society which organises various social and academic related events throughout the year. Both research and social activities are important to keep PhD students engaged and motivated throughout the duration of their PhD journey.

Our academic groups run research seminar series where PhD students are encouraged to present their research and get feedback from experts in the area. 

Our Summer School in Advanced Research Methods offers additional training opportunities necessary for a successful academic career.

For PhD students who are interested in gaining some teaching experience in preparation for an academic career, there are opportunities to undertake paid teaching jobs in the second and third year of their PhD. Students can only undertake teaching on successful completion of their Qualifying Report and must take the Aston Teaching Certificate. 

To ensure that research time is not affected, the total amount of teaching and/or research assistance hours a PhD student can undertake will be limited to 110 hours per year and will be agreed and monitored by the RDP office and their research supervisor. 

Entry dates

The PhD Programme intake is in October and April. Applications for the October intake should be submitted by 15th August at the latest and for the April intake by 15th March at the latest.  Any application after this date may not be processed in time for the October or April start.

Please note that there may be earlier closing dates for your application should you wish to be considered for funding.

Application Procedure

You can apply online by clicking here.

  • The following supporting documents are required as part of the application:
  • Research topic: If you are interested in working on one of the topics our academic advertised, please make sure that you include reference number of the topic you are interested in. Alternatively, if you are applying with your own proposal, please select three broad themes (from those advertised) that are close to the topic of your interest. See also tips for writing a good research proposal.
  • Copies of your qualification;
  • Two letters of recommendation;
  • Confirmation of your TOEFL/IELTS results for those applicants from non-English speaking countries (please see Entry Requirements for language proficiency).

Before you submit an application we recommend that you refer to our Entry Requirements to make sure you are eligible to apply.

Proposed Fees for 2015/16

Home and other European Union students * Full-time fees per year: £4,052

Overseas / (Non-EU) Students * Full-time fees per year: £13,000

If you consider applying for Dean’s Scholarship and your application is successful, your fees would be covered in full.

Ms Jeanette Ikuomola
PhD/MSc Programme Administrator
11th Floor, South Wing 
Aston Business School
Aston University, Aston Triangle
Birmingham, B4 7ET
UNITED KINGDOM 
  • Telephone: +44(0)121 204 3219
  • Fax: +44(0)121 204 3326
  • email: rdp@aston.ac.uk

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