Brunel Integrated PhD in Business and Management (New Route PhD)

Business and Management

Research in business is important to the process of wealth creation and the quality of life and has been identified by organisations such as the UK Economic and Social Research Council as an area in which there is a shortage of well qualified and trained researchers. In addition, a research degree in business and management is increasingly becoming a requirement for those who intend to pursue academic careers in higher education, and is also relevant to those already in service who wish to develop their careers through undertaking research. A growing number of employers value the training and critical thinking, both in developing projects and ideas and in challenging assumptions and arguments that a research training in management studies offers.

College of Business, Art and Social Sciences academic staff have teaching and research interests across a range of management and organizational areas, including:

  • Knowledge Management
  • Sustainable Development
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Enterprise
  • Small Business
  • Business Ethics
  • Human Resource Management
  • Gender and Management
  • Computing and Business
  • Marketing
  • The Management of Emotions and Emotional Labour

College of Business, Art and Social Sciences (CBASS)  therefore provides the focus for the University's education, research and consultative work on business and management subjects. CBASS is a vibrant, enthusiastic and highly cosmopolitan academic arena, with a body of academic staff that has diverse teaching and research interests. In addition BBS has attracted funding from a variety of sources including the European Commission, the ESRC and several training and enterprise councils in London. The academic staff have an impressive publication rate and a growing national and international reputation.

The Brunel Integrated PhD Programme in Business has been established at Brunel to provide a flexible but structured framework of individual research supervision, seminars and taught courses. The aim is to provide students with well grounded research training whilst at the same time adding to the School’s overall purpose of advancing academic knowledge and understanding of management issues, problems and processes and their organisational and societal contexts.

CBASS also organises an annual Doctoral Symposium involving a two day event with external speakers and student presentations.


Your taught programme will promote critical analysis, independence of thought, an awareness of broader issues which create an impact on the environment of research and an understanding of subject-specific knowledge at the forefront of your discipline. The taught element will cover generic and research skills and discipline-specific modules as follows:

Module Code
Module Title
GS5525 Theory and Practise in Research 15
GS5527/31 Research Design, Methods and Analysis (Behavioural/Physical Sciences) 30
GS5530 Research Management, Leadership and Personal Development 15
GS5528 Academic Research Dissemination 15
GS5529 Knowledge Exchange and Research Impact 15
GS5526 Guided Study or Subject-specific modules 30
Total 120
This programme is designed to be flexible and meet your individual needs therefore the modules above may run over several consecutive years allowing you to negotiate your route through the programme in a way that best supports your individual development.

Discipline-specific modules

  • Applied Corporate Branding
  • Corporate Branding Theory
  • Financial Resources Management
  • Global Outsourcing
  • Human Resource Management: Contexts, Concepts and Policies
  • International and Comparative Human Resource Management
  • International Business Economics
  • International Business Ethics, Sustainability and Corporate Governance
  • International Business Strategy
  • International Management
  • International Marketing
  • Issues in Employment Relations
  • Knowledge, Social Networks and Innovation
  • Logistics and Supply Chain Management
  • Managing Retailing and eRetailing
  • Marketing Communications
  • Strategic Analysis and Management
  • Strategic Corporate Marketing
  • Strategic Corporate Brand Management and Consulting
  • Strategic Marketing and Management

Fees 2014/15

  • Home/EU: £8,250 full-time
  • Overseas: £20,000 full-time

Usual Entry Requirements

Applicants should normally have a Master's degree in business, management or a related social science subject. However, applications from candidates with a first degree (minimum upper second) in a related discipline will also be considered. Applications from those with a science or technology qualification which has an appropriate management component and/or relevant educational industrial or commercial experience are also welcome.

Information about your studies

Brunel Integrated PhD (New Route PhD) Contact

Sue Ramus
Postgraduate Research Programmes Manager
College of Business, Arts and Social Sciences
Tel +44 (0)1895 266569

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Page last updated: Wednesday 03 September 2014