M.Phil. Business

  • On Campus
  • 24 months
  • EUR13205 Year (Non-EEA)
  • English (Find a course)
University of Buckingham | Buckingham, United Kingdom
We offer two different levels of postgraduate research, each in either full-time or part-time mode. These degrees by research require an original contribution to the body of knowledge in a particular academic or professional discipline.

Description of Business


We offer two different levels of postgraduate research, each in either full-time or part-time mode. These degrees by research require an original contribution to the body of knowledge in a particular academic or professional discipline.

  • DPhil -3 academic years of full-time study or 6 years of part-time study.
  • MPhil -2 academic years of full-time study or 4 years of part-time study.

Normally, postgraduate students wishing to register for our DPhil programme must first register for the MPhil and seek conversion at a later stage. The School operates a system of preliminary registration for all research degrees so as to allow students to prepare a formal proposal during their first two terms of study. All research students must also subject their work to an annual progress review.

Postgraduate research is not to be taken lightly! Above all, we seek to achieve an acceptable match involving a capable and well-motivated student, an appropriate research topic, and a member of faculty able / willing to supervise the research. A limited number of scholarships are available.

We currently have 12 research students registered in the Business School. Over the past five years, we have had 9 successful DPhil candidates with a similar number of successful Masters candidates.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline There is no set deadline, however it is recommended to apply at least 3 months prior to the start of the term.
Tuition fee
  • EUR 13205 Year (Non-EEA)
  • EUR 7970 Year (EEA)

UK/EU: £6,400; International: £10,600

Start date January  2016, April  2016, July  2016, September  2016
Duration full-time 24 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Part-time, Full-time

Course Content

Candidates spend the aforementioned time period undertaking supervised research, at the end of which they submit a thesis embodying the results of that research. This thesis must demonstrate familiarity with, and an understanding of the subject, its principal sources and authorities. It should display critical discrimination and a sense of proportion in evaluating evidence and the judgements of others. The subject should be dealt with in a competent and scholarly manner.

Research Options

Recent examples of doctoral work include dissertations on:

  • transformational management in Eastern Europe
  • the role of knowledge management in creating a customer-driven service organisation
  • the development of effective call centre agents.
  • the professional service firm: designing delivery systems
  • the effective call centre employee
  • pricing decisions and the neo-classical economic theory of the firm

Research proposals are invited from areas of marketing, accounting, finance, strategy, organisational behaviour, service management and social and economic transformation.

English Language Requirements

CAE score
180(Grade C)
TOEFL paper-based test score (read more)
TOEFL iBT® test (read more)

IMPORTANT NOTE: Per 6 April 2015 only the English language tests from IELTS and Trinity College London are accepted for Tier 4 Visa applications to the United Kingdom. Other tests (including TOEFL, TOEIC, Pearson, City & Guilds) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. Since the Trinity College London language tests must be taken in one of their exam centres in the UK, IELTS is now the only language test accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK that can be taken worldwide.

The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.

Requirements for Business

  • First or Second Class Honours Degree
  • IELTS of 6.5 or TOEFL of 233

Work Experience for Business

No work experience is required.

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