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Business and Management research degrees

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Our programmes

The Hull University Business School provides an inspirational environment for researchers in the early stages of their careers. We offer  MPhil and PhD research degrees in the following research groups: Accounting; Economics; Finance; Logistics; Marketing; Regional and International Business; Leadership and Organisational Change; The Centre for Systems Studies; and Organisation, Ethics and Society.

Our PhD titles include:

  • PhD Accounting
  • PhD Economics
  • PhD Finance
  • PhD Human Resource Management
  • PhD Management
  • PhD Marketing
  • PhD Systems Science  

The MPhil requires two years full-time study. By the end of the programme you will have undertaken 360 credits worth of research, including both research specialist training and thesis preparation. Our PhD is a three year full-time degree which requires a student to complete the equivalent of 540 credits worth of research, including both research specialist modules and research thesis preparation. PhD students have the opportunity to add to the sum of knowledge in their chosen field by producing an original piece of research. They are closely supported and given opportunities to travel and attend conferences.

On campus facilities for research students are excellent. The business school has a dedicated work room with cutting-edge facilities. PhD students have exclusive access to the Postgraduate Lounge in the newly refurbished Brynmor Jones Library, while all our postgraduate students can make us of facilities in the University's Graduate School. HUBS subscribes to a full range of professional business information services including Reuters Datastream, Reuters Thomson One, Bloomberg, Wharton Research Data Services, Bankscope and FAME.

Research

Our experts welcome postgraduate research proposals across a broad range of topics. Click on the links below to find out more about these areas and look for a potential supervisor.

Accounting

Accounting research examines how accounting information is identified, measured, valued, and disclosed. It covers a broad range of topics, including:

  • theoretical designs and laboratory experiments that aim to show how decision makers use accounting information
  • empirical tests of market reactions to publicly available accounting information
  • analytical models illustrating how owners and managers resolve conflicts including public and private sectors
  • empirical research related to taxation policy
  • culture, religion, and ethical and trust systems in auditing
  • the development of experimental markets

Economics

Economics has a strong research culture and an established reputation in several fields, including:

  • applied microeconomics
  • international economics
  • economic development
  • macroeconomics
  • environmental economics

Finance

Our enthusiastic and committed Finance group conducts research on the social, economic, and organisational aspects of financial reporting, corporate finance and governance, corporate social responsibility and sustainability, banking, risk management, accountability and governance. Major research strands include:

  • behavioural finance
  • agent-based models in finance
  • corporate finance and investment
  • corporate governance
  • banking and financial intermediation particularly in emerging markets
  • financial exclusion
  • risk management and disclosure
  • real estate finance and investment
  • international finance and investment

Logistics

The Logistics Institute supervises PhD students across a broad range of logistics research themes including:

  • supply chain security
  • port logistics
  • sustainable supply chains

Marketing

Our dynamic team of research-oriented individuals have expertise in a number of key areas within marketing including:

  • electronic/mobile marketing and social media
  • services marketing including service evaluation
  • ethical, social, non-profit and political marketing
  • SMEs and B2B marketing
  • brand management and internal branding
  • corporate social responsibility
  • relationship marketing
  • advertising and social media

Regional and International Business

The Regional and International Business research group of Hull University Business School critically examines the processes of market liberalisation and regulation from a global perspective. They examine areas including:

  • the strategic role of SMEs
  • the evolution and remit of international trade organisations
  • economic rationales for regulation, including market liberalisation, the control of monopolies and the encouragement of competition
  • intellectual property regulation, financial services regulation and multinationals regulation
  • the relationship between large and small enterprises
  • privatisation, outsourcing and public-private partnerships

 

The Centre for Systems Studies

The Centre for Systems Studies is an international centre of excellence for ground breaking research on systems thinking and practice with strong links to other research institutes and with practitioners in public, private and third-sector organisations.

Research is concerned with advancing the understanding of systems and systemic phenomena in complex socio-economic systems at all scales – from the emergence of local community action and business ecosystems through to the impact of global policy interventions. This work is critical for addressing complex situations and anticipating the - often unintended - consequences of interventions, and for designing structures, actions and strategies for innovation, resilience, and sustainability in dynamic contexts.

Organisation, Ethics and Society

We employ social theory to better understand the various ways in which organising takes place in its social, ethical and political dimensions. Specific topics of interest are:

  • organising in social movements, civil society and other alternative forms of organisation
  • corporate social responsibility and sustainability
  • institutional change and development in Eastern Europe
  • the ethics and politics of management and organisation
  • democracy in organisations
  • power, privilege and exploitation in the workplace
  • equality, diversity and inclusion
  • work and human relations: the role of ethnicity, culture, migration, family and intergenerational relations
  • gender and sexuality in organisations
  • labour process theory, employment relations and trade unions
  • public sector organisation and governance
  • critical management studies

Admissions status

Open for admission in 2017/18

Research options

MPhil: 2 years (full-time) / 3 years (part-time)

PhD: 4 years (full-time) / 7 years (part-time)

Fees

Home/EU: £4,195 (full-time) / £2,098 (part-time)

Overseas: £12,800 (full-time)

These fees are for all Business and Management research degrees research programmes on this page. For courses lasting more than one year, small annual increases may apply. For more information, please visit www.hull.ac.uk/money.

The Postgraduate Training Scheme

It is now widely recognised by employers, professional bodies and research funding agencies that specialist expertise alone is not sufficient preparation either for research or a subsequent career. With this in mind, the University of Hull requires all its postgraduate research students to follow a research training programme relating both to their particular field of study and to generic skills; for example, information technology and communication skills.

Postgraduate Training Scheme

Next steps

Funding

For information about bursaries and how to fund your studies see our money page, or take a look at our PhD scholarships page for specific funded PhD opportunities.

Entry requirements

For entry to either the MPhil or PhD programmes, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • A Masters degree with a sufficient research training element; or
  • An excellent Honours degree with a significant research training element; or
  • Significant other research credentials

Applicants must submit a research proposal, which is a key element of the application.

You are also required to provide the following:

  • Transcripts and certificates for all academic qualifications
  • Two good references, preferably academic
  • A personal statement
  • A CV or resume
International students (language requirements)

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study or if your first language is not English you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level.

This course requires IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in each skill. For other English language proficiency qualifications acceptable by this University, please click here.

If your English currently does not reach the University?s required standard for this programme, you may be interested in one of our English language courses.

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Hull University Business School is a leading UK business school dedicated to the development of responsible leadership for a complex world.

We are committed to achieving the very highest standards, highlighted in our multiple industry accreditations as well as our independent international accreditations such as AACSB, held by less than 5% of the world’s 13,000 business programmes.