LSBU Business School offers full-time, part-time, and distance-learning research degree programmes. During this PhD course, students work with research supervisors to develop research projects to shape theory, policy and practice in the fields of management, marketing and organisational behaviour studies.
Under the direction of two research supervisors, students conduct empirical or theoretical research that will lead to new knowledge in a chosen field and are required to write a series of journal articles or thesis of 80,000 words.
Previous PhD research topics have included: Determinants of self-disclosure in online interactions Female identity constructs and consumer behaviour Multicultural identities and consumer decision making Brand portfolio management Conversational Service Agents (CSAs) adoption and use in service delivery Corporate social responsibility communication Employee voice
The school is also committed to ‘civic engagement’, sharing practical research outcomes to improve the society around us. Our local business community is essential to the success of London, and we are keen to engage in research which supports that community.
We are happy to consider a broad range of research proposals within the business domain, so long as they can be seen to offer the potential for rigour, originality, reach and impact.
Advantages of a PhD
A PhD, by definition, is an original contribution to knowledge. It is distinct from a taught Masters in that your final output will be an extended dissertation or creative project relevant to your field of interest, rather than module-based coursework and exams.
Research students are expected to self-direct their learning with support from a supervisory team.
Why Management, Marketing and People at LSBU?
A member of staff, expert in your chosen field, is directly responsible for guiding and supporting your research programme.
As a research student you'll become part of our thriving academic community.
You'll gain support from other doctoral students at our monthly Doctoral Support Group.
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Applicants are usually expected to have a good honours degree (2:2 and above) and a relevant postgraduate qualification, preferably a merit at Master's level.
Please also supply two academic references as part of your application. You'll also be required to show proof of all of your qualifications.
If English is not your first language, you will be required to prove your competency in English, showing an IELTS score of at least 7.0 at postgraduate level.
You will be invited to an interview with your potential supervisor, in person or by telephone, prior to an offer being made.
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If you do not have the required English and Maths qualifications needed to satisfy the entry requirements for this programme, we have courses available at our partner College that you can take to upskill in these areas. Find out more at Southbank College site.
At the London Doctoral Academy we are committed to supporting and developing professional researchers who are driven to make a difference. We have a range of PhD Scholarships available in partnership with businesses and organisations - and when they're available we'll publish notices on the London Doctoral Academy site.
Your application will be circulated to a number of potential supervisors who will look at your academic qualifications, experience and the research proposal to decide whether your research interest is something that could be supervised at LSBU.
There will also be an interview either by telephone or at the University. If you are successful you will be offered a place on a course and informed of the next enrolment date. The whole process normally takes between six to eight weeks, from receipt of your application to a decision being made about your application at the School.
When applying, please attach an outline of your research proposal (approximately 1,500 words).
Prepare to start
We help our students prepare for university even before the semester starts. To find out when you should apply for your LSBU accommodation or student finance read the How to apply tab for this course.
Before you start your course we’ll send you information on what you’ll need to do before you arrive and during your first few days on campus. You can read about the process on our Enrolment pages.
PhD students at LSBU Business School attend weekly research seminars and Key Skills Development Programme organised by the university, but they are not required to attend any taught modules or to complete coursework. Students are encouraged to present their work at research seminars to gain feedback from doctoral students and researchers in the business and enterprise disciplines. The library offers a range of research-related courses such as how to use SPSS or NVIVO, or how to use a reference management software. In addition, doctoral students may audit selected Masters- level modules relevant to their research project.
At LSBU, we want to set you up for a successful career. During your studies – and for two years after you graduate – you’ll have access to our Employability Service, which includes:
An online board where you can see a wide range of placements: part-time, full-time or voluntary. You can also drop in to see our Job Shop advisers, who are always available to help you take the next step in your search.
Our Careers Gym offering group workshops on CVs, interview techniques and finding work experience, as well as regular presentations from employers across a range of sectors.
Our Student Enterprise team can also help you start your own business and develop valuable entrepreneurial skills.
Research skills development
All research students are required to participate in a Key Skills Development programme aimed at developing transferable skills in addition to those employed in carrying out research. Training in research methods is available through frequent research seminars.
When necessary the research student can follow, in part, relevant Masters courses available within the School and in particular units on research methodology. In some cases, research students are encouraged to follow other courses available within the University or externally aimed at improving their general expertise in their chosen areas.
In addition, they may be encouraged to follow language courses aimed at improving their oral and written skills - both essential in their future careers.
A research degree will equip you with many transferable skills. The self-discipline, the demand for clear analytical thinking, and the ability to turn criticism of others work into something constructive of your own, all constitute a unique training for almost any kind of career. The excitement and satisfaction of finding new facts, a new idea, or a new way of looking at something can be highly rewarding.
Research students are often sponsored to attend national and international conferences to meet leading scientists in their fields and to present their research findings. The progress of all research students is formally monitored by the University's Research Degree Committee.
In further recognition of the School’s entrepreneurial culture and leading-edge practice it has been awarded the Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurs (IoEE) Centre of Excellence status. This is the IoEE’s flagship organisational accreditation for organisations that promote and deliver enterprise skills development.
LSBU Business School is an esteemed member institution of the Business Graduates Association (BGA), an international membership and quality assurance body of world-leading and high-potential Business Schools who share a commitment for responsible management practices and lifelong learning, and are looking to provide positive impact on their students, communities, and the economy as a whole. BGA is the sister brand to the Association of MBAs (AMBA), the world's impartial authority on postgraduate management education.
As a BGA member institution, students of LSBU Business School are able to access BGA's individual membership, which offers a range of tools and resources designed to support the professional and personal development of business students and graduates, free of charge. This includes CV building services, a job search function, skill assessments, thought-leadership, partner discounts and much more.
Teaching and Assessment
All research students are supported in their work by a staff supervisory team.
Students are supervised by their Director of Studies, with whom they are expected to maintain close contact, whilst further guidance may also be given by co-supervisors.
Where relevant to their research field, students are able and encouraged to take units from the wide range of taught masters programmes within the School.