Student taking the DPhil in Management are required to take three core courses in quantitative and qualitative research methodology during their first year.
- Introduction to Management Research Methods
- Statistical Research Methods
- Management and Organisation Theory
During second and third terms, doctoral students will undertake advanced research methods training and, in consultation with their supervisor, select specialist courses, available from a choice of topics relevant to area of interest.
Examples of specialist elective courses that have previously been available are:
- Innovation, Organisation and Markets
- Organisational Theory
- Foundations of Strategy
- Social Network Analysis
Advanced methodology courses:
- Advanced Qualitative Research Methods
- Advanced Quantitative Research Methods
Following successful completion of all necessary courses, and by the end of their 4th term, students are expected to have successfully submitted and been assessed for their Transfer of Status. The transfer process provides the opportunity for the student to discuss their work with two independent members of staff under examination conditions and to receive feedback.
By the end of their 9th term students will be due to complete their Confirmation of Status. This process allows the student to have a review of their work by two assessors, to give a clear indication of whether it would be reasonable to consider submission within the course of a further three terms, if work on the thesis continues to develop satisfactorily.
Students will be expected to attend training, workshops and seminars on job applications, teaching, learning and assessing, interviewing and presentations skills. Students will also be given the opportunity to improve their teaching and research skills by applying for remunerated positions as teaching and research assistants, within the school or at colleges.
The doctoral thesis should not exceed 100,000 words. It must be a significant and substantial contribution to the field of learning in management. As a rule of thumb, it should be good enough to be published in book form or as a series of academic articles. Indeed, you may even adopt a range of different methodologies and approaches. Your contribution can be in the field of theory, methodology or empirical results.