Advanced study and research in this degree focuses on innovation and change through three interconnecting themes: innovation and work practices, innovation and strategic change, and organisation theory. One taught module is provided in each of these areas. You also have the option to either write a dissertation or an extended research project, and take modules in research methods and taught electives. The MPhil ISO degree offers a route to a PhD.
Educational aims of this programme are:
to give students, with relevant experience at first-degree level, the opportunity to carry out focused research under close supervision in the fields of strategy, organisational behaviour and information systems relevant to innovation; and
to give students the opportunity to acquire or develop skills and expertise relevant to their research interests.
Following their application for PhD continuation by the end of the first term, students will be interviewed by a panel of faculty members early in the second term. The PhD admissions committee will make PhD admission decisions on the basis of the interview report, the strength of the overall application with particular weight on academic reference letters and the performance in the Michaelmas term MPhil courses, and the fit of the student's research interest with faculty expertise. Students will receive confirmation of a PhD offer in February.
All admitted PhD students are fully funded. PhD offers are usually conditional on the final performance on the MPhil – candidates are required to achieve over 70 per cent in their MPhil. Students are also required to achieve at least 70 per cent in their dissertation (if any).