You can study a PhD over three years, in any of our eight research areas:
- enterprise policy, education & economic development
- growing innovative enterprises
- global & international entrepreneurship
- entrepreneurial management & leadership
- enterprise & diversity
- social enterprise, CSR & philanthropy
- family business & enterprising households
- entrepreneurial networking, social capital & society
In your first year, you'll need to take a number of classes offered through our Business & Management course.
If you already have postgraduate training in business or social science research methods, you'll be expected to earn a Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert) in Business & Management before you can progress to the PhD.
If you don't have any postgraduate training in business or social science research methods, you'll need to gain a Masters of Research (MRes) in Business & Management before you can progress to the PhD. These classes provide research training in accordance with the Economic & Social Research Council's (ESRC) guidelines.
You'll also participate in an Entrepreneurship Research class as part of your research methods training. This class introduces you to the breadth of entrepreneurship research.
Years 2 & 3
This is where you'll actively pursue your individual research project with support from your supervisors.
You'll be evaluated every six months and when your thesis is complete, it'll be evaluated by an internal examiner from our department along with an external examiner from another university before you defend it to your VIVA committee.
Every January or February, you'll also be required to present at our Entrepreneurship Research Conference.
You're encouraged to submit your research for presentation at national and international research conferences too, along with taking part in doctoral training workshops.