Business Studies

Research is at the heart of our activities and we are home to a number of topic focused and highly respected research units and groups.

We ensure that PhD students are fully integrated members of our research community. As a doctoral student, we will expect you to contribute fully to the advancement of knowledge, not just in Cardiff but more widely, contributing to the international environment of your chosen academic field.

Our key to providing you with a profound learning experience is our Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) recognised research methods training provision.

Our Management and Business Studies PhD involves one year of research training followed by three years’ work on your PhD topic. The training in the first year comprises of participation in general and subject-specific modules which leads to a Master’s qualification in Social Science Research Methods.

Our faculty expertise encompasses a significant range of topics and themes and we offer supervision and/or research projects in the following broad areas:

Key facts

Mode of study Full-time, part-time
Qualification PhD
Full-time duration PhD 4 years
Part-time duration PhD 7 years (only available to UK/EU students)
Start dates October

The route involves one year of research training followed by three years' work on your PhD topic. The training in the first year comprises of participation in general and subject-specific modules which leads to a Master's qualification in Social Science Research Methods.

Research training is increasingly being seen nationally and internationally as an important requirement for the successful completion of a doctoral thesis and Cardiff Business School places great store on this aspect of its Postgraduate Research Studies Programme.

Successful completion of the research training part of the programme, with an average mark of at least 60%, is compulsory in order for students to proceed to the research topic stage.

Supervisors

A list of academic staff that can provide supervision can be found on the Cardiff Business School website.

Assessment

Students will be assessed on a Dissertation of 20,000 words for the MSc in Social Science Research Methods component of the programme.

Students will be assessed on a Thesis of 80,000 words and a Viva Voce Examination for the PhD component of the programme.

Our faculty expertise encompasses a significant range of topics and themes.

Research areas

Accounting and Finance

The Accounting and Finance Section at Cardiff Business School has an established and expanding worldwide reputation for conducting high quality theoretical and empirical research in accounting and finance and related fields.

Logistics and Operations Management

We aim to be the world's leading interdisciplinary teams of academics in advancing knowledge, theory and practice in logistics and operations management.

Management, Employment and Organisation

As well as promoting research of an international quality, the section aims to deliver research-led teaching of an outstanding quality and to provide a supportive environment for the development of academic researchers and educators.

Marketing and Strategy

The Marketing and Strategy Section at Cardiff Business School undertakes and publishes innovative and original research on the formulation and implementation of effective market strategies at domestic and international levels.

The PhD programme will prepare you either for a career as a leading academic scholar or to excel in business practitioning or senior public policy decision making.

Funding

Each year a range of funded PhD studentships are available via the ESRC Wales Doctoral Training Partnership (UK/EU students only), and Cardiff Business School.

There are currently no funding opportunities available.

Tuition fees

UK and EU students (2017/18)

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Students from outside the EU (2017/18)

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Applicants are required to include a research proposal of 3 to 4 pages.

Decisions will be made on a continuous basis throughout the year.

The deadline for applications is June 30, 2017.

Suitable for graduates in business and management and associated subject areas. Graduates in mathematics and statistics are welcome to consider the Accounting and Finance research area, while graduates from politics, sociology and psychology are welcome to consider the Management, Employment and Organisation research area.

Applicants should have at least an upper second-class honours degree and preferably a specialist master's degree and an interest in pursuing in-depth research in an appropriate area.

English language requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English are normally expected to have reached a minimum IELTS score of 7.0 (writing scored 7.0, with no subscore less than 6.5) Copies of appropriate English language certificates must be supplied with your application.

Please read our English language requirements for more details.

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