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Ph.D.Business Management (Integrated Study)

The University of Birmingham
United Kingdom, Birmingham
Tuition fee £13,885.00 per year
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Your coursework in year 1 will be taken within the MA in Social Research programme, within the Universitys Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) recognised Doctoral Training Centre. This programme aims to provide students with a thorough and advanced education in social research design and the most up-to-date training in methods of data collection and analysis. The combination of core modules and short courses on more advanced topics and Business School modules provides flexibility to relate training to the thesis topic.
If you pass the coursework component, you will progress to normal PhD study in years 24. You will work closely with your supervisors in designing and undertaking your own research project, leading to an 80,000 word thesis. You will also undertake additional training in advanced methods and transferable skills, guided by the regular training needs analysis that forms an essential basis for your Career Development Plan.

Programme content The core elements of the year 1 taught programme are delivered by staff across the entire College of Social Sciences, many of whom are engaged in cutting-edge research in their own fields. Students will benefit by undertaking the modules with others from the Colleges constituent schools of Business, Education, Government and Society, and Social Policy.

Programme structure

Four core modules (these may be substituted for discipline specific modules depending on the pathway being followed):

  • Introduction to Social Science Research (20 credits)
  • Research Design (20 credits)
  • Social Research Methods I (20 credits)
  • Social Research Methods II (20 credits)

Four elective modules (10 credits each) from the short course programme below, which are run as 2-day intensive workshops or from the full list of Business Masters Modules, which can be obtained from the Business School Research Office (see contact details)

  • From Multiple Linear to Logistic Regression
  • Narrative Research
  • Analyzing Hierarchical and Panel Data
  • Visual Research Methods
  • Ethnography and Language in the Social Sciences
  • Documentary Research in Education, History and the Social Science
  • Researching Disability
  • Approaches to Research on Discourse
  • Policy Evaluation
  • Advanced Qualitative Data Analysis (using NVivo)
  • Secondary Data Analysis in Social Research
  • Q Methodology A Systematic Approach for Interpretive Research Design
  • Activity Theory and its Research Applications
Apply now! Commence year 2019
Application period has ended, but late applications can be submitted until the commence date
Studies commence
Sep 15, 2019

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States