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A University of Hertfordshire research degree is an internationally recognised degree signifying high levels of achievement in research. It develops extensive subject expertise and independent research skills which are honed over an extended period, depending on the level of the award.

You would undertake a substantial, original research project for the duration of the degree, under the supervision and guidance of two or more academic members of staff. Your supervisory team provides guidance both in the selection of a research topic and in the conduct of the research. You are also supported by attendance at postgraduate seminar series to develop subject specific knowledge and research skills relevant to your field of research.

The degree is assessed solely on the basis of the final research output, in the form of a substantial written thesis which must be "defended" in a viva. During the course of the degree, you would be given opportunities to present your work at major conferences and in refereed research publications.

DMan/MA by Research

Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA)

PhD

How to apply

Before making your formal application, we recommend that you discuss your proposed research with the appropriate member of staff in the Business School and the School’s Research Tutors, Dr. Steve Shelley s.m.shelley@herts.ac.uk, and Dr Francesca Gagliardi f.gagliardi@herts.ac.uk.

Please also include an outline of your research proposal with your application. Members of academic staff will advise on the length and scope of the proposal.

If you are interested in apply for the School’s professional doctorate, the Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA), please contact the programme’s director, Dr. Moira Calveley m.d.calveley@herts.ac.uk.

If you are interested in applying for the Doctorate in Management (DMan) please contact the programme’s director, Prof. Chris Mowles c.mowles@herts.ac.uk.

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Applications should be returned to doctoralcollegeadmissions@herts.ac.uk

Why choose this course?

  • An internationally recognised research qualification.
  • Developing advanced subject expertise at postgraduate level.
  • Develop research skills through practice and extensive research experience.
  • Employers are looking for high calibre graduates with advanced skills who can demonstrate independence through research.

Course details

Careers

Graduates with this degree will be able to demonstrate to employers a highly-valued ability to work independently on a substantial and challenging original project and to maintain that focus over an extended period, and will have developed much sought after, highly refined research skills.

Teaching methods

Research degrees are not taught programmes, however, programmes of supporting studies are a key element.

The Business School has gained an international reputation for developing innovative areas of research in organisational studies and this important work continues, with members of staff active internationally, as theorists, practitioners and consultants. Research students are an important part of the School's research effort, with half of our postgraduate students working towards professional doctorates on our groundbreaking Doctor of Management (rooted in complexity theory) and Doctor of Business Administration programmes. The focus of this work is research into professional practice, while those taking the traditional PhD option have the focus of developing innovative strands of theory for which the School is known (institutional economics, employment studies, and complexity and management, for example) and for breaking new ground in emerging areas of critical theory in marketing, economics and finance.

Fees & funding

*Tuition fees are charged annually. The fees quoted above are for the specified year(s) only. Fees may be higher in future years, for both new and continuing students. Please see the University’s Fees and Finance Policy (and in particular the section headed “When tuition fees change”), for further information about when and by how much the University may increase its fees for future years.

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Other financial support

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Living costs / accommodation

The University of Hertfordshire offers a great choice of student accommodation, on campus or nearby in the local area, to suit every student budget.

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Entry requirements...

An honours degree (normally at least 2:1 or above) in an appropriate discipline. IELTS entry requirement is normally 6.5, TOEFL 550 (213 CBT) or equivalent for overseas students.

How to apply

2018

Start DateEnd DateLink
29/09/201831/07/2019Apply online (Full Time)
01/02/201931/07/2019Apply online (Full Time)
29/09/201831/07/2019Apply online (Part Time)
01/02/201931/07/2019Apply online (Part Time)

2019

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29/09/201931/07/2020Apply online (Full Time)
01/02/202031/07/2020Apply online (Full Time)
29/09/201931/07/2020Apply online (Part Time)
01/02/202031/07/2020Apply online (Part Time)