University of Bath School of Management University of Bath School of Management

Structure and content

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‘With 35% of early-career researchers included in the submission, the School’s research environment ranks very highly, showcasing the sustainability and vitality of our research culture.’ (REF2014)

Programme Structure

The Bath PhD is an integral part of the research-led environment of the School of Management.

The aim of the PhD is to provide a systematic training in management research for those seeking to pursue careers as professional management researchers and analysts. You will join the School as a member of a research division in which you initially have a broad research interest, and who will have overseen your acceptance into the School.

Earning the Bath PhD usually takes three to four years. Starting in Autumn, you will begin to lay solid foundations for your professional career. There are two routes to obtain the Bath PhD: Through the Integrated PhD (1 year MRes + 3 years PhD) or through direct entry to the PhD.  Applicants who have previously received Master-level systematic training in management research can apply for the PhD. 

We are unable to offer the Bath PhD as a distance learning programme.

Integrated PhD - 4 years' study

The Integrated PhD has a set of compulsory taught courses on management research during the first year, resulting in the award of Master of Research (MRes). Successful completion of the MRes is required to progress onto the PhD phase. The Integrated programme is usually completed in 4 years.

PhD - 3 years' study

The PhD involves some taught research training during the first 12 months and is usually completed in 3 years.

Year 1

  • Formal research training through a range of compulsory taught units – Read more about these units
  • Refine and crystalise your research interests
  • Practical research apprenticeships with faculty members
  • Successful completion of the MRes programme

Year 1

  • Research training through a range of compulsory taught units – Read more about these units
  • Refine and crystalise your research interests
  • Prepare and submit your detailed Research Proposal

Year 2

  • Prepare and submit a detailed Research Proposal
  • Continue taught units in subject and method areas in consultation with supervisory team
  • Continue to carry out supervised, original research
  • Continue the development of scholarly papers

Subsequent Years

  • Present and defend your Research Proposal at an oral examination (beginning of year 2)
  • Continue taught units in subject and method areas in consultation with supervisory team
  • Continue to carry out supervised, original research
  • Continue the development of scholarly papers
  • Write up research as a substantial thesis

Subsequent Years

  • Present and defend your Research Proposal at an oral examination (beginning of year 3 or earlier)
  • Continue to carry out supervised, original research
  • Continue to produce scholarly papers for presentations and publications
  • Write up your research as a substantial thesis

Professional teaching training and experience

To compete successfully in the international job market for professional academics, we recognise that our graduates need to have not just world-class research training and emerging publication records, but also demonstrable evidence of university teaching knowledge, experience, and ability. For this reason, the School offers a number of opportunities for you to acquire valuable teaching skills.

You could have the opportunity to shadow the teaching of some faculty members in their research divisions, usually your supervisors, and to assist them, as an introduction to professional university teaching.