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MPhil Business - Research

Course Description

A Master of Philosophy (MPhil) with possibility to transfer to a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) involves the systematic acquisition and understanding of a substantial body of state-of-the-art knowledge in your chosen academic disciplinary field or area of professional practice, in business or economics; and the creation of new knowledge, through original research and advanced scholarship, to extend the forefront of that disciplinary field or area of practice.

It also provides you with the general ability to conceptualise, design and realise a project for the generation of new knowledge, and a deep understanding of applicable techniques for research and advanced academic enquiry. The MPhil/PhD programme guides you to achieve these goals. Unlike taught programmes (such as bachelor's and master's programmes), it provides a more critical and rigorous exploration of your particular subject area, and places much more emphasis on original research and the contribution to knowledge. The award is essentially based on the thesis; taught courses, to be taken in the first year, lay the foundation from which you will develop advanced research skills including data gathering, analysis and presentation.

The normal route accepted by the University is to register first as MPhil student, and transfer to PhD after demonstrating sufficient progress in the research (usually after about 12-18 months from start). At the heart of the MPhil/PhD programme is the learning contract between the student and the research supervisors. The supervisors are experts in your chosen area and will guide you through the process of: defining the aims of your research project, and its expected deliverables; outlining a suitable plan of work, monitoring its realisation, and helping you to keep your commitment to it; guiding you to obtaining ethical approval to realise your research, if your study requires it; identifying any further taught courses and training events (in addition to mandatory ones) to be attended in support of your research project. The supervisors are also your first point of contact in the Faculty.

The Faculty of Business has capacity and expertise to supervise research students primarily in the areas of human resource management, organisational behaviour, accounting and finance, financial services, critical and social research in accounting, public administration, public policy, political economy, applied economics, social and economic network analysis, international business, strategic management, supply chain management, knowledge management, IT strategies, entrepreneurship and innovation, marketing, tourism, and cultural, art and heritage industries. Research is seen as an essential activity for the Faculty of Business as a foundation for excellence in teaching, and as a basis to provide contract research and consultancy services to business and the wider community, both nationally and locally (especially within southeast London and Kent). For further information, guidance on how to apply and an application form, please visit http://www.greenwich.ac.uk/research/study

Visit the website http://www2.gre.ac.uk/study/courses/pg/res/bus

What you'll study

- Induction
- Core courses: Research Methods and Advanced Research Methods
- Optional courses: Qualitative Methods, Quantitative Methods
- Research students' seminar and conference
- Post-Graduate Researcher Development Programme (face-to-face and online)
- Other training events
- Thesis

Fees and finance

Your time at university should be enjoyable and rewarding, and it is important that it is not spoilt by unnecessary financial worries. We recommend that you spend time planning your finances, both before coming to university and while you are here. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.Find out more about our fees and the support available to you at our:
- Postgraduate finance pages (http://www.gre.ac.uk/finance/pg)
- International students' finance pages (http://www.gre.ac.uk/finance/international)


Students are assessed through submission of their thesis and an oral examination. They also have to pass a small number of preparatory training courses.

Career options

This programme prepares students for a career in research, whether in academia or in the research and development departments of businesses or government bodies.

Find out how to apply here - http://www2.gre.ac.uk/study/apply

Visit the MPhil Business - Research page on the University of Greenwich website for more details!

Student Profiles

Fast Forward Master's Scholarships - 20+ Awards

Our Fast Forward Master's Scholarship will provide £5000 support which can be taken either as a discount from the normal fee or a cash bursary.Up to 80 scholarships will be available across the university.Criteria and who can apply?- Final year University of Greenwich home undergraduates (subject to a simple financial means threshold details below) who are predicted to achieve a First or Upper Second class degree. Offers for the Scholarship scheme will be made conditional upon achievement of that degree outcome.- Available for part time programmes. Part time fees will be split across the first two years of study.- Students will need to have a declared household income of £40,000 or less, and will be asked to demonstrate this by providing certain information as requested by the university.- Students funded by Student Finance England (SFE) will need to ensure that SFE have "consent to share" their household income assessment with the university.- Students who receive funding from Student Finance Services European Team, Student Finance Wales, Student Finance Northern Ireland or the Student Awards Agency for Scotland will be asked to by the University to provide documents from their funding provider to verify their household income.- Fees will be subject to a 5% prompt payment discount if paid in full by the end of September 2016. Other fee waivers (for example the Alumni and First Class Honours waivers) will not be payable in addition to Fast Forward Master's Scholarships.

Value of Scholarship(s)



Final year University of Greenwich home undergraduates (subject to a simple financial means threshold details below) who are predicted to achieve a First or Upper Second class degree. Offers for the Scholarship scheme will be made conditional upon achievement of that degree outcome.

Application Procedure

Before applying for this scheme you must first make an application for an eligible University of Greenwich Master's programme.Applications for Fast Forward Master's Scholarships will be addressed to check whether:- They meet the eligibility tests as summarised above and as set out more fully in the self-check eligibility test (see below)- They are predicted to achieve a First or Upper Second class degree.Those applications which pass this assessment will result in scholarship offers, on a first come/ first serve basis. These offers will be conditional on the achievement of a first or upper second class degree.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Applicants should have: A relevant UK undergraduate degree at 2.1 or above, or equivalent OR a Master's qualification. If you were educated in a language other than English and/or English is not your first language, you should normally have a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 (with a minimum of 6.5 in each skill) or an equivalent rating in another Secure English Language Test.

Last Updated

27 March 2017

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