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Brunel Business School, Brunel University - PhD Programme

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Profile Description

Brunel Business School (BBS) in Brunel University - London offers an exciting, productive and supportive environment for your postgraduate studies. The School is well recognised by numerous international bodies and features amongst the best Business Schools in London in many league tables. Find out more:http://www.brunel.ac.uk/bbs/about-us/rankings

You will be made extremely welcome within BBS where you will join a stimulating, rewarding and vibrant research culture.You will contribute and participate in the annual PhD Symposium and engage fully with your designated Research Group. BBS offers more than just professional research training through enjoyable social engagement within a collegiate and collaborative intellectual university setting. BBS consider PhD students as junior members of staff and you will be regarded accordingly with invitations and opportunities to our seminar series, technical courses and conference attendance support.

  • Please see our PhD brochure for more details: http://issuu.com/brunel/docs/phdbrochure2013
  • Please read more about Brunel Business School here: http://www.brunel.ac.uk/bbs

Principal Areas of Research

The School hosts six renowned centres of research: http://www.brunel.ac.uk/bbs/research/research-centres

  • Accounting and Auditing Research Centre (AARC)
  • Centre for Research into Entrepreneurship, International Business and Innovation in Emerging Markets (CEIBIEM)
  • Centre for Research in Marketing (CREAM)
  • Information Systems Evaluation and Integration (ISEing)
  • Operations and Supply Chain Systems Group (OASIS)
  • Work and Organisation Research Centre (WORC)

Research Programme Explained

Within the Business School, it is usual for the student him- or herself to propose the subject of the research which then needs to be approved by the School. See also entry requirements and how to apply. A full-time PhD usually takes up to three years. To be awarded a PhD, your research will need to of a suitable standard and your findings set out in an appropriately detailed thesis. Your thesis is then submitted for formal assessment by academic referees. The final hurdle in the process is the viva during which you will be questioned in depth about your research by a panel comprising senior academics from Brunel and other universities.

As a PhD student within Brunel Business School you will be supervised by two members of academic staff working in the area you are researching. You will have regular meetings with your supervisors to discuss your progress and to receive and seek guidance. Most students produce an outline of their thesis during Year 1 to help structure the rest of their research.

Start Dates

The programme commences every October and January.

How to Apply
Below are details of the documents you will need to send us when making a PhD application:

  1. A completed application form: http://www.brunel.ac.uk/research/research-degrees-at-brunel/research-programmes-online-applications
  2. Transcripts and Certificates (translated and verified in English where necessary) in respect of every degree that you hold (to be considered, you are required to hold at least a bachelor's degree at 2:1 or above (or the international equivalent) as well as usually a master's degree in the relevant subject area
  3. 1500 Word Research Proposal
  4. Two reference letters
  5. Statement of Purpose
  6. A copy of your curriculum vitae
  7. Sponsor Details if applicable
  8. Proof of English
  9. Any other relevant information that may support your application(i.e. professional qualifications) 

Fees for Business and Management research degrees: http://www.brunel.ac.uk/courses/pg/postgraduate-fees

Funding Notes

If you have the correct qualifications and access to your own funding, either from your home country or your own finances, your application will be considered.

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