Portsmouth Business School
Research degree options
The DBA is the flagship business programme in Portsmouth Business School. It is doctoral level research in an applied setting. It involves a combination of text-based study and action research, assessed through coursework at different stages, culminating in assessment of a doctoral level, research-based report.
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
The PhD is an advanced degree requiring considerable commitment and sustained hard work over a relatively long period of time. Normally this will be a minimum of three years for full-time study (six years part-time). Students on the PhD route will complete the MSc in Social Research Methods in their first year, submitting a progression report at the end of this year (after two years if studying part-time) in order to continue on the PhD programme. To be awarded the PhD, the student is required to submit a thesis not exceeding 80,000 words and to defend it in an oral examination.
The NewRoute PhD programme is a national initiative provided by a network of collaborating UK universities. The University of Portsmouth is proud to be a part of this network as it seeks to widen participation within the research community. This particular four year scheme enables students to undertake a number of taught masters level units in year one before progressing onto their MPhil/PhD registration.
Master of Philosophy (M.Phil)
Students following the MPhil route are expected to complete the MSc in Social Research Methods and submit a thesis not exceeding 40,000 words and defend their work successfully in an oral examination (a viva). Ordinarily, full-time students would be excpected to complete the MPhil programme in 2 years (4 years if part-time).