Postgraduate

Business and Management MPhil, PhD

Business and Management MPhil, PhD

PhD - Full time: 36 months, part time: 72 months
MPhil - Full time: 12 months, part time: 24 months

Profile

Our Business and Management MPhil and PhD programmes aim to develop rigorous scholars who can advance both academic knowledge and business practice. The programmes are designed to equip you with the skills necessary to succeed in a knowledge-intensive environment and to open greater depth to your professional and personal life.

Our research is organised into 15 research centres and groups. Each of these involves externally funded research, international collaboration and the active involvement of doctoral students. A brief outline of some of the disciplines is outlined below.

Human resource management, work and employment

Members of the group have a wide range of research interests in the field of human resource management (HRM), organisational studies and management history. Currently, there are particular interests in the field of international political economy as well as in new patterns of work and organisation, public sector management, gender and industrial relations. Staff members engage in individual research and collaborate with others at universities across the UK and abroad.

Specific areas of research expertise include:

  • business elites and corporate governance in France and the UK
  • entrepreneurial philanthropy
  • the International Labor Organisation (ILO) and the ‘decent work’ agenda
  • the harmonisation of international aid
  • critical perspectives on international business, post socialist transition, migration and trans-nationalism
  • public service mergers and multi-agency working in the public sector
  • new working patterns in mental health services
  • gender and work
  • the application of Foucauldian and governmentality perspectives to HRM and management – especially to developments in public services in the UK
  • graduate careers
  • industrial relations and trade union renewal
  • human resource management and performance
  • employee voice and representation
  • the micro political economy of work, particularly inter-organisational structures and social networks
  • aging societies, older workers and the world of work
  • embodied and aesthetic labour

Marketing, operations and systems 

Our research group activities broadly cover the areas of innovation, enterprise and entrepreneurship, and policy. We have particular interests in the development and pursuit of entrepreneurial opportunities within and outside existing organisations and on the way in which emerging technology trends are interacting with new businesses, management and policy models.

Specific areas of research expertise include:

  • corporate entrepreneurship
  • E-Business, E-Government and E-Learning
  • entrepreneurial opportunities and new venture emergence
  • information systems and social informatics
  • innovation management and policy
  • knowledge management and organisational learning
  • technology and organisation

Operations

Specific areas of research expertise in this group include:

  • lean operations (both manufacturing and service sectors, particularly health)
  • manufacturing planning, scheduling including optimisation in stochastic environments
  • layout optimisation
  • group technology (applied to design and manufacturing processes)
  • computer aided production management systems
  • modelling, analysis and optimisation of manufacturing systems
  • manufacturing and business strategy

Strategy, organisations and society

This group uses social theory to explore strategic and organisational issues.  Grounded in the critical/interpretative tradition, the group has a specific expertise in issues of power, discourse and change. 

Specific areas of research expertise include:

  • strategy and politics
  • business elites
  • corporate philanthropy
  • discourse analysis and the global financial crisis
  • changes in the media
  • organisational change
  • mega-projects
  • strategy and discourse analysis

Research supervisors

Profiles of academic staff who are potential supervisors of postgraduate research:

Student profile

I was able to develop my own research interests in the operations management field.

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Training & Skills

As a research student you will receive a tailored package of academic and administrative support to ensure you maximise your research and future career. The academic information is in the programme profile and you will be supported by our doctoral training centres, Faculty Training Programme and Research Student Support Team.

Research training

Our Faculty Training Programme provides a community made up of postgraduate social sciences and humanities students and staff. It is a unique blend of cross-disciplinary and generic researcher development training, recognised by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) as providing a solid basis for doctoral study.

Although your focus will be on your specialist study, our aim is for you to develop a broad range of research and project management skills that will support you in your career ahead. We have nurtured a multi-cultural, multi-disciplinary and supportive environment where staff and students from across the world can come together and share their research experiences. You can also choose to register for a Postgraduate Certificate in Research Training, which accredits the core foundation modules on the training programme.

You will study in our Doctoral Training Suite with purpose-built facilities for lectures, workshops, seminars and computer access to specialist software required for doctoral research in the social sciences and humanities. Each year we have two student-led research postgraduate conferences and we have a variety of prizes and awards to celebrate the successes of our students.

ESRC Northern Ireland/North East (NINE) Doctoral Training Partnership

The ESRC Northern Ireland/North East (NINE) Doctoral Training Partnership is a joint venture between Durham University, Newcastle University, Northumbria University, Queen’s University Belfast, University of Sunderland, Teesside University and Ulster University. We are a centre of excellence for postgraduate social sciences. We offer a world-class, interdisciplinary environment for doctoral training and research.

Funded and accredited by the ESRC, we are one of the most innovative of the national network of doctoral training centres with a strong track record of partnership working with public, private and community organisations.

Postgraduate Research Student Support

Our award winning Research Student Support Team is dedicated to providing you with information, support and advice throughout your research degree studies. The team can help and advise you on a variety of issues from registration to producing your transcripts.

Fees & Funding

2018-2019 fees

The fees displayed here are per year.

MPhil, PhD

UK

Full time: £4,800
Part time: £2,400

EU

Full time: £4,800
Part time: £2,400

International

Full time: £15,600

Find out more about our tuition fees, including how to pay them and available discounts.

EU students starting at Newcastle in 2018 will pay the UK (Home) tuition fee for the full duration of their course.

Funding opportunities

Entry Requirements

A 2:1 honours degree, or international equivalent, in a relevant subject. We also usually expect a master’s degree, or international equivalent, at merit or above. In addition to academic qualifications, we also value relevant work experience.

If you do not have a master’s degree, you should complete the MA in Management and Business Studies (Research) before continuing onto the PhD track. If you have a master’s degree that is not recognised by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) as Research Master, you will be expected to complete a Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert) in Research Methods in your first year of the programme.

Find out the equivalent qualifications for your country.

Use the drop down above to find your country. If your country isn't listed please email: international.recruitment@ncl.ac.uk for further information.

English Language Requirements

Select an English language test from the list to view our English language entry requirements.

Please email us at international.recruitment@ncl.ac.uk for further information.

If you have lower English Language scores, you may be accepted onto a pre-sessional English course. 

How to Apply

Use our Applicant Portal to apply for your course. We have a step-by-step guide to help you.

Read our guidelines for producing a research proposal (PDF: 41.5KB) from the Faculty of Humanities and Social Science Graduate School.

Start dates

The course starts in September. There is no application closing date for this course.

We suggest international students apply at least two months before the course starts. This is so that you have enough time to make the necessary arrangements.

Deposit

If you live outside the UK/EU you must:

  • pay a deposit of £1,500
  • or submit an official letter of sponsorship

The deposit is payable after you receive an offer to study at Newcastle University. The deposit is non-refundable, but is deducted from your tuition fees when you register.

Contact

Carolyn Watkin
Postgraduate Programme Secretary
Newcastle University Business School
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 1584
Email: nubs@ncl.ac.uk

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I have found my lecturers to be well qualified, really kind and ready to help if you have any problem or issue.”

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