PhD in Business and Management, including Economics and Art History

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We offer the PhD in Business and Management, including Economics and Art History 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 structure

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.

Course outline

The PhD in Business and Management, including Economics and Art History, 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.

  1. PhD in Business and Management

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.

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

2. PhD in Business and Management with focus on Economics

PhD in Economics students will be encouraged to conduct rigorous academic research to enrich understanding of regional, national, and international economies and to contribute to the set of analytical tools and perspectives that facilitate policymaking in this area.

Recommended PhD topics for Economics

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 Economics students to undertake. IBS encourages PhD candidates to develop a proposal around one of these topics.

Economic policy

  • Role and effects of state ownership at various levels of development
  • Economic policy-making in vulnerable democracies
  • Welfare reforms in ageing societies
  • Corruption, its psychological, organizational, social / cross-cultural, and / or developmental aspects

Behavioural economics

  • The role of emotions in economic decision-making
  • The effects of trust on cooperation and competition

Banking

  • Post-2008 business models in banking
  • Globalization in banking
  • Fintech versus traditional banking models

Finance

  • Blockchain and cryptocurrencies: effects on market allocation mechanisms, macro policy, politics etc.
  • Revolution in global payments industry and financial inclusion

Networks / big data

  • Big data as "game changer"? Ethical and social problems of the data-driven world
  • Data as a new form of power, analyzing and interpreting new types of assymmetries
  • Social networks and performance
  • Network-type factors behind economic competitiveness. (And network-analysis in general)

3. PhD in Business and Management with focus on Art History

PhD in Art History students will be encouraged to explore and engage with the current discourse within the discipline of art history and supplement their understanding of art and its cultural context. The academic focus at IBS is on research within a chronological span from ca. 1500 to the present in relation to the art of the western tradition and its global encounters.

Recommended PhD topics for art history

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.

We encourage and welcome proposals that are working in interdisciplinary fields and connect art, business, art institutions, institutional critique, public relations, marketing, branding in the contemporary world of global economy, and a globalized art world. Traditional art historical approaches should be critically addressed, and extended towards approaches worked out in visual culture. (Representation, realism, myths, media, global flow of information, gender, cultural politics, cultural heritage, heritage and tourism, etc.)

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

  • New visual trends in advertising /marketing (moving images, photos, changing media, ads in social media)
  • Art investment. From patronage to art investment and state subsidy / Connoisseurship and art, research for investment in art
  • Art administration (theory and local case studies, examples, changing role of curators, curators as fund raisers, cultural institutions)
  • Technology and art / Design thinking and the role of artistic thinking

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

 

Hedvig Turai

  • Tutor and supervisor of doctoral students
  • Arts & General Education

Júlia Király

  • Senior lecturer and supervisor of doctoral students
  • Business & Accounting