School of Business and Law MPhil PhD

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Overview

Course options

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PhD via MPhil

  • MPhil PhD School of Business and Law, home applicant, full time

    • Home Applicant
    • Full time
    • Pound 5740 per year. Write-Up Fees = £1000 (with £500 rebate if thesis handed in within 6 months).
  • MPhil PhD School of Business and Law, home applicant, part time

    • Home Applicant
    • Part time
    • Pound 2870 UK - PhD by Published Work: £2,870. Write-Up Fees = £1000 (with £500 rebate if thesis handed in within 6 months).
  • MPhil PhD School of Business and Law, international applicant, full time

    • International Applicant
    • Full time
    • Pound 15340 per year. Write-Up Fees = £1000 (with £500 rebate if thesis handed in within 6 months).
  • MPhil PhD School of Business and Law, international applicant, part time

    • International Applicant
    • Part time
    • Pound 7670 Int - PhD by Published Work: £7,670. Write-Up Fees = £1000 (with £500 rebate if thesis handed in within 6 months).

PhD via MPhil

  • MPhil PhD School of Business and Law, home applicant, full time

    • Home Applicant
    • Full time
    • Pound 6020 per year. Write-Up Fees = £1000 (with £500 rebate if thesis handed in within 6 months).
  • MPhil PhD School of Business and Law, home applicant, part time

    • Home Applicant
    • Part time
    • Pound 3010 UK - PhD by Published Work: £3,010. Write-Up Fees = £1000 (with £500 rebate if thesis handed in within 6 months).
  • MPhil PhD School of Business and Law, international applicant, full time

    • International Applicant
    • Full time
    • Pound 16100 per year. Write-Up Fees = £1000 (with £500 rebate if thesis handed in within 6 months).
  • MPhil PhD School of Business and Law, international applicant, part time

    • International Applicant
    • Part time
    • Pound 8050 Int - PhD by Published Work: £8,050. Write-Up Fees = £1000 (with £500 rebate if thesis handed in within 6 months).

PhD via MPhil

  • MPhil PhD School of Business and Law, home applicant, full time

    • Home Applicant
    • Full time
    • Pound 6020 per year. Write-Up Fees = £1000 (with £500 rebate if thesis handed in within 6 months).
  • MPhil PhD School of Business and Law, home applicant, part time

    • Home Applicant
    • Part time
    • Pound 3010 UK - PhD by Published Work: £3,010. Write-Up Fees = £1000 (with £500 rebate if thesis handed in within 6 months).
  • MPhil PhD School of Business and Law, international applicant, full time

    • International Applicant
    • Full time
    • Pound 16100 per year. Write-Up Fees = £1000 (with £500 rebate if thesis handed in within 6 months).
  • MPhil PhD School of Business and Law, international applicant, part time

    • International Applicant
    • Part time
    • Pound 8050 Int - PhD by Published Work: £8,050. Write-Up Fees = £1000 (with £500 rebate if thesis handed in within 6 months).

Accreditation

Course modules

NOTE: Modules are subject to change. For those studying part time courses the modules may vary.

Your future career

Your future career

Explore the different career options you can pursue with this degree and see the median salaries of the sector on our  Career Coach portal.

How we support your career ambitions

We offer dedicated careers support, and further opportunities to thrive, such as volunteering and industry networking. Our courses are created in collaboration with employers and industry to ensure they accurately reflect the real-life practices of your future career and provide you with the essential skills needed. You can focus on building interpersonal skills through group work and benefit from our investment in the latest cutting-edge technologies and facilities.

Career Zone

Our dedicated and award-winning team provide you with careers and employability resources, including:

  • Online jobs board for internships, placements, graduate opportunities, flexible part-time work.
  • Mentoring programmes for insight with industry experts 
  • 1-2-1 career coaching services 
  • Careers workshops and employer events 
  • Learning pathways to gain new skills and industry insight

Mental Wealth programme

Our Professional Fitness and Mental Wealth programme which issues you with a Careers Passport to track the skills you’ve mastered. Some of these are externally validated by corporations like Amazon and Microsoft.

Our Mental Wealth programme

We are careers first

Our teaching methods and geographical location put us right up top

  • Enterprise and entrepreneurship support 
  • We are ranked 6th for graduate start-ups 
  • Networking and visits to leading organisations 
  • Support in starting a new business, freelancing and self-employment 
  • London on our doorstep

What you'll learn

Royal Docks School of Business and Law offers two main research degrees: the Master of Philosophy (MPhil) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). 

PhD via MPhil
The most popular course is the PhD via MPhil. A PhD is an original and distinct contribution to the knowledge of the field of study. It is often essential for those wishing to follow an academic or research career in industry or commerce. PhD research can be carried out in all subject areas.

All Postgraduate Research students are supervised by at least two research-active staff. Your supervisors will support your programme of research through regular meetings and reviews.

The PhD via MPhil course normally takes a minimum of 36 months (full-time) 60 months (part-time) to complete. Students enrolled in full-time mode of study will transfer from the MPhil to a PhD usually at the two-year stage or equivalent for part-time study.

MPhil
The Masters of Philosophy (MPhil) is a Master's level research degree programme which takes a minimum of 24 months (full-time) 48 months (part-time) to complete.

All Postgraduate Research students are supervised by at least two research-active staff. Your supervisors will support your programme of research through regular meetings and reviews.

PhD Direct

A PhD direct is aimed at postgraduate students who already have an MPhil (Masters of Philosophy) or MRes (Masters by Research) qualification and takes a minimum of 36 months (full-time) 60 months (part-time) to complete.

All Postgraduate Research students are supervised by at least two research-active staff. Your supervisors will support your programme of research through regular meetings and reviews.

PhD via Publication

The publication route to a PhD is mainly intended for UEL postgraduate students or staff, based on their published academic output. Each application is considered separately on its own merits.

How you'll learn

Your research proposal

Research proposals give us a better understanding of the area you want to study for an MPhil, PhD via MPhil or PhD Direct course.

You don't have to follow a predetermined structure when writing your proposal, but it's a good idea to include a title that describes the aims and scope of your research, and information on how your ideas fit in with the research interests of UEL.

Other important elements include: relevant academic literature, how your research will advance knowledge in this area, and a possible methodology. You should also include a timescale for your research.

To find out more about how to write your research proposal, see our research proposal guidance.

How you will be assessed

PhD via MPhil

At the end of your PhD, you will be required to submit an 80,000-word thesis, summarising your research. You will then have to undergo an oral examination (a viva) on your thesis.

MPhil

At the end of your MPhil, you will be required to submit a 40,000-word thesis which outlines your research findings. You will then have to undergo an oral examination (a viva) on your thesis.

PhD Direct

At the end of your PhD, you will be required to submit an 80,000-word thesis, summarising your research. You will then have to undergo an oral examination (a viva) on your thesis.

Campus and facilities

Docklands Campus, London, E16 2RD; USS campus - University Square Stratford

Who teaches this course

This course is delivered by the Royal Docks School of Business and Law.

The teaching team includes qualified academics, practitioners and industry experts as guest speakers. Full details of the academics will be provided in the student handbook and module guides.