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MPhil/PhD

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Course Overview

An MPhil/PhD is an advanced postgraduate research degree that requires original research and the submission of a substantial dissertation of up to 100,000 words. At Birkbeck, you are initially registered on an MPhil and you upgrade to a PhD after satisfactory progress in the first year or two. You need to find a suitable academic supervisor at Birkbeck, who can offer the requisite expertise to guide and support you through your research. Find out more about undertaking a research degree at Birkbeck.

The MPhil/PhD Management is ideal for those who wish to pursue academic careers involving teaching and research in management, or to further careers in consultancy or policy work. You will be required to be highly motivated, well organised, prepared to learn your subject in depth, and able to engage constructively and critically with a range of academic research related to your topic to complete an independent research project. Find out more about the research interests of current MPhil/PhD students.

Birkbeck's Department of Management has particular strengths in the study of innovation and entrepreneurship; marketing; labour economics and industrial relations; international business; corporate governance and corporate social responsibility; strategy as practice, organisation theory, information systems strategy, social networks, and trust within organisations; corporate finance and financial reporting; and the management and regulation of sport. Our research draws on the methods and theories of various social science disciplines - principally economics, psychology and sociology, but also geography and political science. 

During the first year you are required to take four modules for credit: Research PhilosophyQualitative Research Methods, Organization Theory and Statistical Methods for Business Research. After these modules comes completion of your Research Prospectus, which includes a preliminary literature review and a plan for the rest of your thesis research. This is due in June of the first year for full-time students, or of the second year for part-time students.

Satisfactory completion of the modules and the Research Prospectus is necessary for continuing with the degree. Following this you will proceed with data collection, analysis and writing your PhD thesis. Read our guidance for prospective MPhil/PhD students in the Department of Management.

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Highlights

  • Entry Requirements Entry Requirements

    Entry Requirements

    Usually, we require a high 2:1 or above for your undergraduate degree and a merit for your master’s. At least one of your previous degrees should be in an area relevant to your proposed research. We will also need to see your degree transcripts, which provide a breakdown of your marks, in addition to your degree certificates. 

    In general, we do not admit, directly to the MPhil/PhD, students whose master’s degree is an MBA; we instead recommend our MRes Management as preparation for the MPhil/PhD degree. 

    English Language Requirements

    If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, the requirement for this programme is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 7.0, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests.

    If you don't meet the minimum IELTS requirement, we offer pre-sessional English courses, foundation programmes and language support services to help you improve your English language skills and get your place at Birkbeck.

    Visit the International section of our website to find out more about our English language entry requirements and relevant requirements by country.

    Visa requirements

    If you are not from the UK and you do not already have residency here, you may need to apply for a visa.

    The visa you apply for varies according to the length of your course:

    • Courses of more than six months' duration: Student visa
    • Courses of less than six months' duration: Standard Visitor visa

    International students who require a Student visa should apply for our full-time courses as these qualify for Student visa sponsorship. If you are living in the UK on a Student visa, you will not be eligible to enrol as a student on Birkbeck's part-time courses (with the exception of some modules).

    For full information, read our visa information for international students page.

    Please also visit the international section of our website to find out more about relevant requirements by country.

  • Fees Fees

    Fees

    Management MPhil/PhD: 7 years part-time or 4 years full-time, on campus, starting October 2023

    Starting October 2023

    To be confirmed

    Students are charged a tuition fee in each year of their programme. Tuition fees for students continuing on their programme in following years may be subject to annual inflationary increases. For more information, please see the College Fees Policy.

    Fees and finance

    PhD students resident in England can apply for government loans of over £26,000 to cover the cost of tuition fees, maintenance and other study-related costs.

    Flexible finance: pay your fees in monthly instalments at no extra cost. Enrol early to spread your costs and reduce your monthly payments.

    Named in memory of Birkbeck’s former President, and one of the greatest historians of the twentieth century, the Eric Hobsbawm Postgraduate Scholarship fund offers financial assistance for research expenses (including travel, accommodation, conference fees and particular training needs) to doctoral students in the Department of History, Classics and Archaeology, subject to availability.

    The School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy attracts funding for studentships that ensure researchers ofthe highest standard can pursue their research with us. Find out more about research funding opportunities at Birkbeck.

    Discover the financial support available to you to help with your studies at Birkbeck.

    International Scholarships

    We provide a range of scholarships for eligible international students, including our Global Future Scholarship. Discover if you are eligible for a scholarship.

  • Our research culture Our research culture

    Our research culture

    Usually, we require a high 2:1 or above for your undergraduate degree and a merit for your master’s. At least one of your previous degrees should be in an area relevant to your proposed research. We will also need to see your degree transcripts, which provide a breakdown of your marks, in addition to your degree certificates. 

    In general, we do not admit, directly to the MPhil/PhD, students whose master’s degree is an MBA; we instead recommend our MRes Management as preparation for the MPhil/PhD degree. 

  • How to apply How to apply

    How to apply

    Follow these steps to apply for the MPhil/PhD Management at Birkbeck:

    1. Check that you meet the entry requirements, including English language requirements, as described on this page. 

    2. Draft a research proposal of up to 1500 words. This needs to demonstrate your knowledge of the field, the specific research questions you wish to pursue and how your ideas will lead to the creation of new knowledge and understanding. Find out more about writing a research proposal.

    3. Contact a potential supervisor for your MPhil/PhD research. Whilst you will certainly develop a few drafts of your research proposal before you submit it to us as part of the application, it is important that it is clear and well-written when you make the first contact with your potential supervisor(s). Once you are ready, you can contact them to share your research proposal and Curriculum Vitae (CV). If they are willing and able to supervise your research, they may be able to help you further refine your proposal before you submit your final application.

    You can look at the Find a Supervisor area on this page for an overview, search our Experts’ Database or browse our staff pages for more in-depth information.

    4. Get an agreement in principle with a supervisor before submitting an online application. If you apply without first getting the support of a potential supervisor, your application will be rejected. (Please note: finding a potential supervisor does not guarantee admission to the research degree, as this decision is made using your whole application.) Find out more about the supervisory relationship and how your supervisor will support your research.

    5. Apply directly to Birkbeck, using the online application link on this page. You will need to provide the names and contact details of two referees who can speak to your academic/research abilities.

    6. Our course team will be able to offer you advice and support, and guide you through your studies from application to graduation.

    All research students are initially registered on an MPhil and then upgrade to a PhD after making sufficient progress. 

    Find out more about the application process, writing a research proposal and the timeframe

    APPLICATION DEADLINES AND INTERVIEWS

    We admit students to begin only at the start of autumn term (end of September) as the first-year programme is structured around autumn entry.

    You should have met with your prospective supervisor and submitted your application online by 31 August. We will try to process later applications, but we need to allow time both for interviews and, where necessary, visa-related paperwork.

    If you wish to apply for funding, you will need to apply by certain deadlines. Consult the websites of relevant bodies for details.

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    Apply for your course using the apply now button in the key information section at the top of this page.

  • Finding a supervisor Finding a supervisor

    Finding a supervisor

    A critical factor when applying for postgraduate study in management is the correlation between the applicant’s intellectual and research interests and those of one or more potential supervisors within the department.

    Find out more about the research interests of our academic staff who may be available to supervise (either as principal supervisor or as co-supervisor) PhD theses:

    ACCOUNTING AND FINANCE

    • Christine Guo, BSc, MSc, PhD: CAPM; stochastic differential equations; macro, international and financial economics; valuation of equity.
    • Professor Emmanouil Mamatzakis, BSc, MSc, DPhil: accounting and finance; banking and finance; financial econometrics; earnings management; corporate finance; credit risk and financial stability; forecasting; behavioural finance (symmetric-asymmetric loss functions); public finance management; sovereign debt crisis in the euro area; applied micro-econometrics.
    • Lorenzo Neri, BA, MSc, PhD: corporate governance; corporate disclosure strategy; earnings management; family business; risk reporting.
    • Ellen Pei-yi Yu, BSc, MSocSc, PhD: ESG topics (environmental, social responsibility and governance); ethical investment and asset management; financial institutions management such as hybrid bank capital securities and the design of executive compensation pay.
    • Grace (Bo) Peng, BSc, MPhil, PhD: entrepreneurial finance, entrepreneurial exit and international entrepreneurship.
    • Panagiota Makrychoriti, BSc, MSc, PhD: monetary policy; international macroeconomics; credit risk; behavioural finance; financial econometrics; systemic risk.
    • Karin Shields, BA, MSc, PhD: International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS); earnings management; insider trading; financial reporting; integrated reporting.

    CORPORATE GOVERNANCE/CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY/SOCIAL CAPITAL

    • Luca Andriani, BA, PGCert, MSc, PhD: informal institutions; pro-social behaviour; social capital; social trust and trust in public institutions; corruption; tax morale.
    • Ioanna Boulouta, BEng, MPhil, PhD: corporate responsibility and competitiveness; gender diversity and stereotypes on corporate boards; quantitative methods; social marketing campaigns.
    • Professor Suzanne Konzelmann, BA, MIBS, MA, PhD: structuring the role of economic theory and policy; the interface between the financial and real sectors of the economy; industrial organisation and policy; corporate governance, restructuring and policy; the political economics of austerity.
    • Professor Klaus Nielsen, BA, MSc: innovation systems; institutional economics; industrial policy; social capital; varieties of capitalism; Brexit; the European Union as a business environment; Chinese economic development; elite sport systems.
    • Arron Phillips, LL.B, PGCHE, LL.M, PhD: whistleblowing, corporate governance, law and governance, business ethics, the interplay between business and social actors, ESG, industrial relations, work conflict, political economy of CSR.
    • Richard Tacon, BA, MSc, PhD: social capital, social interaction, social networks; sociology of sport; sport policy and development; corporate governance, especially in non-profit and sport organisations; organisational ethnography.
    • Professor Geoff Walters, BSc, MA, PGCE: HE, PhD: corporate governance in sport; board processes; organisational responses to corporate responsibility and sustainability; the governance and management of social partnerships.

    EMPLOYMENT RELATIONS/HUMAN RESOURCES/LABOUR MARKETS/EDUCATION

    • Rebecca Gumbrell-McCormick, BA, MA, PhD: international and European employment relations; international trade unionism and globalisation; equal opportunities and diversity management; employee participation and economic and industrial democracy.
    • Ashok Kumar, MSc, DPhil: economic geography and international political economy; globalisation and global value chains; identity formation and social movements; industrial relations and Labour's bargaining power; land economics and urban subjectivity.
    • Giambattista Rossi, BA, MSc, PhD: labour and transfer markets in professional sport; role of sport agents, third party ownership in football; sport finance; sport corporate governance.
    • Horen Voskeritsian BSc, MSc, PhD: European and comparative industrial relations; collective bargaining and social dialogue; undeclared work and unlawful activities at work; industrial conflict; political economy of work and employment; history and theory of industrial relations.
    • Ellen Pei-yi Yu, BSc, MSSocSc, PhD: ESG topics (environmental, social responsibility and governance); ethical investment and asset management; financial institutions management such as hybrid bank capital securities and the design of executive compensation pay.
    • Arron Phillips, LL.B, PGCHE, LL.M, PhD: whistleblowing, corporate governance, law and governance, business ethics, the interplay between business and social actors, ESG, industrial relations, work conflict, political economy of CSR.

    INNOVATION

    • Professor Daniele Archibugi, BA, DPhil: innovation and technological change; global governance and its economic and political management; public policy for services, global commons and science and technology; international organisations and global democracy.
    • Muthu (Lasandahasi Ranmuthumalie) De Silva, MBA, PhD: entrepreneurship; co-creation and collaboration; university-business interactions; intermediation and intermediaries; knowledge-based interactions.
    • Marion Frenz, Dipl-Kffr, MSc, PhD: innovation, globalisation and economic recovery; the role of internationalisation in innovation; conceptualisation and measurement of absorptive capacity.
    • Odile Janne, MA, PhD: multinational enterprises, innovation and economic development; corporate technological and innovation strategies; international patenting strategies; subsidiaries strategy; multinationals, location decisions, geography; regional innovation and growth; multinational networks.
    • Chunjia Han, BSc, MSc, PhD: open innovation; user innovation; digital innovation; social media and digital marketing; big data analytics & AI; business model innovation and digital entrepreneurial finance; digitalisation-enabled business transformation.
    • Professor Helen Lawton Smith, BSc, DPhil: innovation; entrepreneurship; scientific labour markets; geographies of innovation; university-industry linkages; scientific labour markets; regional, national and international innovation policy frameworks.
    • Professor Klaus Nielsen, BA, MSc: innovation systems; institutional economics; industrial policy; social capital; varieties of capitalism; Brexit; the European Union as a business environment; Chinese economic development; elite sport systems.
    • Federica Rossi, BSc, MSc, PhD: economics and management of intellectual property rights; economics and governance of higher education; innovation activities of firms and networks of firms; science, technology and innovation policy; university-industry linkages and innovation.

    INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

    • Professor Daniele Archibugi, BA, DPhil: innovation and technological change; global governance and its economic and political management; public policy for services, global commons and science and technology; international organisations and global democracy.
    • Marion Frenz, Dipl-Kffr, MSc, PhD: innovation, globalisation and economic recovery; the role of internationalisation in innovation; conceptualisation and measurement of absorptive capacity.
    • Professor Kevin Ibeh, BSc, MBA, MSc, PhD: small firm internationalisation and international entrepreneurship; international expansion of developing country/emerging market firms; export behaviour and performance.
    • Odile Janne, MA, PhD: multinational enterprises, innovation and economic development; corporate technological and innovation strategies; international patenting strategies; subsidiaries strategy; multinationals, location decisions, geography; regional innovation and growth; multinational networks.
    • Ashok Kumar, MSc, DPhil: economic geography and international political economy; globalisation and global value chains; identity formation and social movements; industrial relations and Labour's bargaining power; land economics and urban subjectivity.
    • Professor Xiaming Liu, PhD: foreign direct investment; multinational corporations; technology transfer and spill-over; internationalisation and economic growth.

    MARKETING

    • Benedetta Crisafulli, BA, MA, MSc, PhD: complaint handling; consumer psychology in service encounters; health services; digital customer experiences; brand alliances (co-branding); corporate crisis management; the influence of CSR in service relationships; consumer coping; preference in quantitative or mixed methods.
    • Rungpaka Amy Hackley, MSc, PhD: paratextual advertising and promotions; integrated marketing communications (IMC); advertising; product placement; branded content; non-traditional promotions; experiential consumption; brand symbolism; consumer identity; social media; digital communication; media convergence; promotional regulation and ethics; critical marketing; consumer culture research; and death rituals and death consumption.
    • Wendy Hein, BA, PhD: consumer behaviour; consumer culture theory (CCT) and interpretive consumer research; gender, identities and consumption practices; ethnography and interdisciplinary research.
    • Ammar Sammour, BSc, MSc, PhD: artificial intelligence; financial technology; corporate heritage branding; heritage brand identity; corporate brand experience; brand management, innovation and communication.  
    • Olivier Sibai, MA, MSc, PhD: digital marketing; consumer culture theory; transformative consumer research; disharmony in the marketplace; consumer collectives; branding; embodiment and consumption; play and consumption.
    • Peter Trim, BSc, MSc, MBA, MEd, PhD, FRSA, FHEA: marketing; strategic marketing; corporate intelligence and national security; international marketing.
    • Fred A. Yamoah, BSc, MBA, PhD: sustainability and stakeholder marketing; sustainable product innovation marketing; food poverty; crime and security; personal values and purchase behaviour; sustainable food marketing and health; co-creation and sustainable global value chains; circular economy and strategy marketing management and sustainable supply and value chain management.

    ORGANISATION THEORY, ORGANISATIONAL BEHAVIOUR AND STRATEGY

    • Konstantinos Chalkias, BA, MSc, PhD: strategy as practice (SaP); practice theory; paradox theory; grand challenges; organisation studies of risk and risk management.
    • Sorin Piperca, PhD: project management; strategic change; unexpected/disruptive events; complexity; interorganisational collaborations; innovation projects; knowledge production.
    • Pamela Yeow, BSc, MSc, PhD: change management; attitude-behaviour gap; leadership and trust; ethics.

    SPORT MANAGEMENT

    • Giambattista Rossi, BA, MSc, PhD: labour and transfer markets in professional sport; role of sport agents, third party ownership in football; sport finance; sport corporate governance.
    • Richard Tacon, BA, MSc, PhD: social capital, social interaction, social networks; sociology of sport; sport policy and development; corporate governance, especially in non-profit and sport organisations; organisational ethnography.
    • Professor Geoff Walters, BSc, MA, PGCE: HE, PhD: corporate governance in sport; board processes; organisational responses to corporate responsibility and sustainability; the governance and management of social partnerships.