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Management (MPhil)

Course Description

The first year:

research training

Birkbeck's MPhil Management is more structured than many UK MPhils. In the first year (both full-time and part-time) you are required to take 4 modules for credit. Ordinarily they are the following, although permission to substitute alternate research training modules may be granted:

You also take 1 quantitative methods module, choosing from:

Statistical Methods for Business Research
Intermediate Quantitative Social Research
Applied Statistics and Econometrics

The first year (full time) or second year (part time):

surveying your field and planning your research.

These are the basis for your Research Prospectus, which includes a preliminary literature review and a plan for the rest of your thesis research. The Research Prospectus is examined by a panel of 3 members of the academic staff in June of your first year (full time students) or second year (part time students).

The second year (full-time) or third year (part-time)

Upon satisfactory completion of the required modules and the Research Prospectus, you proceed to data collection, analysis, and writing your MPhil thesis. A MPhil is a substantial piece of original research. It requires that you be highly motivated, well organised, and prepared to learn your subject in depth. It requires working independently on your own unique project, and at the same time producing something that will satisfy the standards of the particular academic community that will judge it.

When you have completed your literature review and data collection, and made substantial progress in your data analysis, you will upgrade from MPhil to PhD.

Why study this course at Birkbeck?

The Department engages in significant collaborative research and has excellent contacts with many public and private sector organisations, professional bodies and researchers at other academic institutions.
Staff in the Department have considerable strengths in both qualitative and quantitative methodologies which have been used in a wide variety of organisational settings. Actively engaged in their own research, they understand how important your research is to you, and aim to provide you with expert supervision and support.
We are recognised by the Economic and Social Research Council for PhD studentships. Such recognition is only given to those institutions which the ESRC regards as providing adequate levels of research support and training in a research-active environment.

Our research

Birkbeck is one of the world’s leading research-intensive institutions. Our cutting-edge scholarship informs public policy, achieves scientific advances, supports the economy, promotes culture and the arts, and makes a positive difference to society.

Birkbeck’s research excellence was confirmed in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, which placed Birkbeck 30th in the UK for research, with 73% of our research rated world-leading or internationally excellent.

Visit the Management (MPhil) page on the Birkbeck, University of London website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Deniz Karakoc

4105.jpg As English isn't her first language, studying at Birkbeck was a big challenge for Deniz.
'I hadn't studied for about 10 years, and that was in my country and in my language. But I got so much support here, they make it easy for you and you don't feel under pressure.

'Studying here has really helped my personal development. I have a lot more self-confidence - my language has improved but more importantly for me my knowledge and experience has improved.

'The quality of teaching is first class and it is excellent value for money. The fee was really good and payment was flexible – you could pay in instalments or in one go.'


Postgraduate Support Scheme for final-year undergraduates (full-time) - 20+ Awards

We are pleased to announce that, for October 2015 entry, Birkbeck has a limited number of new £10,000 postgraduate scholarships. These scholarships are for students progressing from a full-time undergraduate degree to a part-time Master’s degree starting in 2015/16.

Value of Scholarship(s)



To be eligible for the scholarship you must be:Starting a 2-year part-time taught Master’s degree in 2015/16
Domiciled in the UK/EU
Progressing from an undergraduate course for which you were charged the higher tuition fee (applicable since 2012–13)
Studying at postgraduate Master’s level for the first time

Application Procedure

If you want to apply for this support, you must follow these steps:Submit an application for your intended course
Submit an application for the Postgraduate Support Scheme

Further Information


Entry Requirements

A good degree or Master's qualification in a relevant subject area or equivalent work experience. You must also provide 2 references and a research proposal. If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, our usual requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests.

Last Updated

07 August 2017

Course Fees

Part-time home/EU students: £ 2187 pa Full-time home/EU students: £ 4121 pa

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