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Course overview

(PhD) Doctor of Philosophy
University of Essex
University of Essex
Essex Business School
Colchester Campus
PHD N20048

you will need a good Masters degree, or equivalent, in a related subject. A well developed research proposal is also essential.

You will normally be required to attend an interview/Skype interview for acceptance, and acceptance is subject to research expertise in the department.

If English is not your first language, then we will require you to have IELTS 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component
updated 29/3/19

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eNROL, the module enrolment system, is now open until Monday 21 October 2019 8:59AM, for students wishing to make changes to their module options.


Core You must take this module You must pass this module. No failure can be permitted.
Core with Options You can choose which module to study
Compulsory You must take this module There may be limited opportunities to continue on the course/be eligible for the degree if you fail.
Compulsory with Options You can choose which module to study
Optional You can choose which module to study

Year 1 - 2019/20

Exit Award Status
Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Credits PG Diploma PG Certificate
01 BE983-7-FY EBS Integrated Programmes: Dissertation Core 60
02 BE486-7-AU or BE557-7-AU Compulsory with Options 20
03 BE467-7-SP Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility Compulsory 20
04 BE950-7-AU Research Evaluation Core 20
05 BE965-7-AU Research Methods in Management and Marketing Core 20
06 BE968-7-SP Philosophies of Research and Advanced Qualitative Research Methods Core 20
07 EBS option from list Optional 20

Year 1 - 2020/21

Exit Award Status
Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Credits PG Diploma PG Certificate
01 BE999-8-FY Essex Business School - Research Compulsory 0

Exit awards

A module is given one of the following statuses: 'core' – meaning it must be taken and passed; 'compulsory' – meaning it must be taken; or 'optional' – meaning that students can choose the module from a designated list. The rules of assessment may allow for limited condonement of fails in 'compulsory' or 'optional' modules, but 'core' modules cannot be failed. The status of the module may be different in any exit awards which are available for the course. Exam Boards will consider students' eligibility for an exit award if they fail the main award or do not complete their studies.

Programme aims

The Integrated PhD Management has been designed for students who wish to undertake doctoral studies in the field of Management with little or no prior research training experience. Students undertake the MRES in Management and Organisation in the first year of the Integrated PhD.

The MRES will teach students advanced research training skills which are crucial for undertaking PhD research. In year 2 students take a further 60 credits of taught modules addressing subject specific and generic skills during the autumn term. In the spring term of year 2, students will prepare an extended research proposal which they will present to Essex Business School in May. With this extended proposal students will demonstrate the research skills they have acquired during the first 18 months of the Integrated PhD programme. Progression to year 3 will only granted if milestones have been met and your supervisory panel, Research Student Progress Board and Deputy Dean of Postgraduate Research and Education are convinced that you will be able to complete your PhD studies within the required 3 year registration period.

During year 3, students are expected to undertake further generic and subject specific training according to the training needs published by EBS. Training will run alongside frequent supervisory team meetings.

Learning outcomes and learning, teaching and assessment methods

On successful completion of the programme a graduate should demonstrate knowledge and skills as follows:

A: Knowledge and understanding

A1 Distinguish between different epistemological positions which provide the context for research
A2 Understand the rationale underpinning selection of quantitative and qualitative approaches to research
A3 Understand the relationship between empirical research and generation and testing of theory
A4 Understand the principles of research design and implementaiton of a research programme
A5 Understand different approaches to data collection, analysis and interpretation
A6 Develop understanding of the principles of knowledge in the field of either Management or Accounting
A7 Detailed understanding of a selected topic within the field of either Accounting or Management
Learning Methods: Outcomes A1-A7 are acquired through lectures, seminars, group and individual tasks, and directed independent study.

The development of the dissertation in consultation with a supervisor provides an additional opportunity for achieving learning outcomes A1-A7 Lectures and seminars introduce the required theories and understandings to facilitate students' exploration, the character, contexts, practices and interpretations of management and organisations, while demonstrating and encouraging a critical and reflexive approach.

Directed independent study and reading, along with individual and group tasks, enable the further exploration of the relevant areas.

Students are expected to extend and enhance the knowledge and understanding they acquire from lectures and classes by regularly consulting library materials relating to the course.
Assessment Methods: nformal assessment: Outcomes A1-A7 are informally assessed via group work and oral presentations.

The associated informal feedback provided enables students to explore and enhance their understandings, and develop presentation skills.

Formal outcomes A1-A7 are formally assessed via coursework assignments, which may take a number of forms, including essays, case studies, theoretical and empirical studies.

Outcome A6 is further assessed by examination.

Outcomes A1-A7 will be assessed in the dissertation.

B: Intellectual and cognitive skills

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C: Practical skills

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D: Key skills

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