PhD in Business and Management

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We offer the PhD in Business and Management programme in English, leading to the degree conferred by The University of Buckingham. Companies and institutions need professionals with the skills to manage and market knowledge-intensive products, as well as professionals with a deep understanding of the scientific principles underlying products and processes. The PhD programme in Business and Management focuses on developing employable expertise through in-depth research.

Duration of study period

3 years

Starting date

September, February

(The admission process can take 4-6 months after the online application.)

Tuition fee per year€ 6,200
Validation fee€ 1,200
Degree awarded byThe University of Buckingham
CampusBudapest*
Admission criteriaFirst or second class, upper division degree
Language of tuitionEnglish

*Students have to consult with their supervisors on the campus 12 times per year. At the end of the programme the viva voce examination is also held on the Budapest campus.

Course outline

Companies and institutions need professionals with the skills to manage and market knowledge-intensive products, as well as professionals with a deep understanding of the scientific principles underlying products and processes. The PhD in Business and Management focuses on developing employable expertise through in-depth research.

The PhD in Business and Management is an advanced research degree during which students undertake supervised but independent research that leads to a thesis of not more than 100,000 words embodying the results of that research. The thesis must demonstrate extended familiarity with and a comprehensive understanding of the subject and the academic literature in the area; show an ability to construct and execute a plan for primary research, including the collection and critical analysis of data; and embody an original contribution to knowledge in the field of business and management.

Postgraduate students on our PhD programme will first be enrolled on a Probationary PhD Status. All students enrolled onto the programme will be supported by supervisors who will help them develop a research and writing plan and guide them through the preparation of a formal final research proposal during their first two semesters of study. All research students must also subject their work to an annual progress review. Upon demonstrating satisfactory progress at the Annual Review exam at the end of their first year, which includes successfully defending a feasible research proposal, students are upgraded to Full PhD Status. If students should not be successful at their first Annual Review, they may either be asked to resubmit an amended proposal, have their registration changed to an MPhil (Master of Philosophy) degree or, in extreme cases, have their registration terminated.

Recommended PhD topics for business and management

IBS welcomes research proposals that match or are similar to IBS staff’s current research topics and/or fall within the potential supervisors’ areas of expertise. Please consult the guide to writing a research proposal below before submitting an application

Below is a list of PhD topics that our academic staff have suggested as research opportunities for PhD in Business and Management students to undertake. IBS encourages PhD candidates to develop a proposal around one of these topics.

Marketing

  • How the Internet of Things (IoT) is to change marketing communication?
  • Marketing in times of degrowth – a new potential challenge
  • Importance, effects etc. of packaging in marketing

HR / CSR

  • Workplace equality and diversity management; workplace diversity and inclusion strategies for specific groups of the labour market
  • Corporate social responsibility and sustainability, particularly in relation to technology (bio- and medical technology, AI, automation, social media), the financial industry and / or resource-extractive industries
  • HRM and organisational performance

Auditing / controlling

  • External and internal auditing: auditors' responsibilities, regulatory frameworks, development of audit procedures in response to current challenges
  • Controlling: current trends and methods in controlling, its importance in decision-making

Communication

  • Linguistic and communicative strategies in international negotiations
  • Analysing aims and intentions in business communication through speech act theory

Organisation theory and organisational behaviour

  •  Critical management studies
  •  Power and politics in organisations
  •  Alternative organising
  •  Management education and business schools

Guide to Writing Your Research Proposal

Academic referee's report

Workshops

While there is no compulsory teaching in the research degrees at IBS, the Research Programmes Council will, based on the evaluation of their admission file, strongly recommend candidates to attend one or several of the following workshops.

Teaching methods

Candidates spend a considerable part of their studies undertaking supervised research, at the end of which they submit a thesis embodying the results of that research. This thesis must demonstrate familiarity with, and an understanding of the subject, its principal sources and authorities. It should display critical discrimination and a sense of proportion in evaluating evidence and the judgements of others. The subject should be dealt with in a competent and scholarly manner.

Entry requirements and application process

You can read about the entry requirements and the application process here