I did not hesitate to apply for Surrey’s PhD programme in Business and Management, given its outstanding reputation. I had the opportunity to work with one of the leading academics in my research area.
Our academics have an international reputation for research that shapes the agendas of scholarship and practice. We see doctoral students as important collaborators in this work, challenging you with new ideas that develop you as a critical researcher, as well as helping you build a solid grounding in research methods and methodology.
You will be part of an internationally-diverse community of over 120 doctoral researchers, with the chance to participate in seminars, conferences, subject/research groups, the School’s PhD researcher seminar series and an annual four-day intensive research retreat. We also provide you with office space, PCs, access to major business databases and a wide range of online research tools and resources.
Our traditional UK-style PhD allows you to pursue academically rigorous scholarly research that makes an original contribution to knowledge. We also offer a Business and Management Integrated PhD, which consists of taught core-research training (nine months) followed by doctoral research (approximately three years).
As a Surrey Business School PhD student, you will undertake a structured, supervised programme of research into one of the many business and management fields in which we have expertise. You will find full links to our research interests and expertise of our academic staff from the Surrey Business School website.
As part of your studies, you will undertake a tailored programme of formal research training in methods and methodology. Surrey Business School is, along with other departments in the University, part of the prestigious ESRC-funded South East Doctoral Training Centre (SEDTC). Alongside this and training provided by the University, we provide specific structured training for our PhD students researchers in our own Schools.
In your first year you will take up to three modules of core research methods training. You are also expected to take advantage of advanced research training modules that further support your specific research. These include a range of modules focussed on developing the practical skills required for subsequent careers. Our PhD researchers also organise and run their own annual research conference and attend research group seminars.
At the end of your time as a PhD researcher at Surrey you will be expected to submit an extended thesis for examination. This thesis will demonstrate your ability to pursue scholarly research which makes an original contribution to knowledge. Your research will also be of a standard appropriate for publication.
You will also be expected to answer questions on your thesis and your research in a viva voce examination.
You may be considered for a Faculty postgraduate research studentship to cover fees and an annual stipend. Funding is also available through the SEDTC, which currently funds five students across the Faculty.
Our expectation is that you hold a Masters degree at a minimum of a merit level in business, management or a relevant discipline from an approved university. If you do not hold such a degree, you may be admitted providing you hold an upper second (2.1) Bachelors degree from an approved university or a professional or other qualification deemed to be appropriate.
Before applying, please download our research proposal guidance document for information on submitting a suitable research proposal.
Non-native speakers of English will normally require IELTS 7.0 or above with a minimum of 6.5 in each component (or equivalent)
We offer intensive English language pre-sessional courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here.
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Please note these fees are for the academic year 2014/15 only. All fees are subject to annual review.
Our researcher development programme provides a range of workshops and support mechanisms for our postgraduate researchers.
Experienced staff in our International Student Office are available to help from the moment you consider studying at the University. We offer professional advice on immigration, visa issues, entry qualifications, pre-departure information, employment regulations and international student welfare.
Professor Hilson, Programme Director for MSc Extractive Industries, the Environment and Sustainability, was interviewed by the New York Times in a recent article, On Moroccan Hill, Villagers Make Stand Against a Mine. Professor Hilson is a leading global authority on the environmental and social impacts of the small-scale mining sector.
At Surrey we are committed to enhancing our portfolio of postgraduate programmes to meet the demands from industry. This year we have introduced 13 new Postgraduate Masters courses which will prepare the way forward for your exciting future.
Originally invented by Yale economist Professor Robert Shiller, the Continuous Workout Mortgage is a new type of home loan that automatically reduces monthly payments when house prices decrease.
Professor Alan Brown, Associate Dean for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Surrey Business School, recently talked invention, engineering and education with the co-founder of Apple, Steve Wozniak, at the IBM Innovate2013 conference in Orlando, Florida.
“Everyone was very kind and my lecturers and the other staff were so friendly, it was just like a family.”
The University of Surrey’s commitment to the future of mobile communications has been recognised with a share of £50 million in government funding to stimulate the UK economy.
Alan is Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation in the Surrey Business School where he leads activities in the area of corporate entrepreneurship and open innovation models. He also focuses on innovation in a number of research areas including global enterprise software delivery. Alan is also an IBM Distinguished Engineer at IBM Rational Software where he consults on business strategy and new business models.