Available for March start

Course details

Study options

Full-time: 2-5 years, Part-time: 3-8 years

Course level



MPhil or PhD

Start dates

January, March, September, June


Derby Campus

Course description

Research is an important component of academic life. It plays a major role in supporting what we teach to our students, and directly helps organisations to solve real world issues.

You can undertake a negotiated programme of research leading to the award of either a Master of Philosophy degree or a Doctor of Philosophy degree. These higher degrees are awarded in recognition of a successful period of research training normally culminating in the production of a thesis.

Relevant, respected, rewarding

With an MPhil or PhD, studied full or part-time, you’ll be able to start your academic career in a university with either a research or teaching focus. You can enter business and establish yourself as an expert in areas of practical significance. You can focus on research themes such as supply chain management, enterprise evaluation and applied economics, sustainable business and the green economy or responsible customer engagement

You’ll be supported and supervised by our team of experts and, studying alongside research students from many countries, you’ll gain from sharing insights and experiences from worldwide business activity.

Bowen Shang

Following my passion

Finding your passion for a subject is not always a straightforward journey. After she completed the MSc Marketing Management, Bowen went on to study a PhD in Marketing.

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How you will learn

MPhil or PhD

This route typically involves undertaking independent research under academic supervision that leads to the production of a written thesis. The MPhil is studied over 3 years (full-time) or 5 years (part-time); the PhD is studied over 4 years (full-time) or 8 years (part-time).

MPhil or PhD by Published Works

This route is designed to provide doctoral recognition for your previous research achievements. These would be contained in a body of largely already published accompanied by a critical appraisal, which contextualises your publications, and justifies the contribution these have made to your subject area. The MPhil or PhD by Published Works is studies over 2 years (full-time) or 3 years (part-time).

MPhil or PhD by Concurrent Publication

This route is only available for University of Derby staff. Under this route, you are expected to produce and publish research or creative work accompanied by a critical appraisal which contextualises your publications, and justifies the contribution these have made to your subject area. The MPhil by Concurrent Publication is studied over 3 years (part-time only); the PhD by Concurrent Publication is studied over 8 years (part-time only).

For each route, you will meet with your supervisors on a regular basis, to be agreed between yourself and your supervisory team following enrolment onto the research degree programme.

Entry requirements

Applicants for research degrees should normally hold an honours degree from a UK University, or qualifications or experience which are deemed by the University to be equivalent.

Language requirements

Applicants who do not hold a UK, EEA, or Swiss passport must also provide an IELTS certificate showing that you meet our entry requirements (overall score 6.5, minimum 5.5 in each area of learning).

Please note that you do not need to supply an IELTS certificate if you have completed a degree from a predominantly English-speaking country, as defined by the UKVI; or if you have citizenship of a predominantly English-speaking country, as defined by the UKVI.

Fees and funding

Doctoral loans

Find out more about doctoral loans and see if you could be eligible for a doctoral loan.


Scholarships and discounts may be available to international students on specific intakes.


You’ll develop a deep expertise in your chosen area, which can lead to real career progression either in business or in academia.

Contact us

Research Student Office pgrstudentoffice@derby.ac.uk +44 (0)1332 591060

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Additional information about your studies

Teaching hours

Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9am and 9pm. Your timetable will usually be available on the website 24 hours after enrolment on to your course.

Please note: Our courses are refreshed and updated on a regular basis. If you are thinking about transferring onto this course (into the second year for example), you should contact the programme leader for the relevant course information as modules may vary from those shown on this page.