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PhD programme structure

 

 

Overview

Students admitted to the University to study for a Doctorate are normally registered at PhD level. At the end of Year 1, subject to the satisfactory completion of the Annual Review, a student's PhD status will be confirmed. If progress is unsatisfactory, students may be downgraded to MPhil status. Completion of all doctoral research training modules is a necessary pre-requisite for confirming PhD status.

Doctoral study is mainly available on a full-time basis. For enquiries on part-time study, please contact the Director of the PhD Programme.

Structure

Below is an overview of the structure of a typical full-time Doctoral timetable:

Year 1

  • Semesters 1 & 2: Attend appropriate taught modules both within the Business School and the Graduate School 
  • Define the nature of the research problem, identify appropriate analytic frameworks, and expect to have completed a first draft of Literature Review chapters
  • June: Year 1 Annual Review

Year 2

  • Expect to complete empirical work. If data collection is likely to be a lengthy process, e.g. due to issues related to gaining access to companies or because the study is longitudinal in nature, then the empirical work may start quite early in the student's second year, or even at the end of the first year
  • June: Year 2 Annual Review

Year 3

  • Commence formal writing-up
  • Expect to complete empirical work and produce draft write-up of results
  • Submit completed thesis
  • June: Year 3 Annual Review

Students should note that although a 4th year writing-up period is available, the expectation is that they will submit their thesis within 3 years. It is most important that students’ research is written up on a continual basis during the 3 years of registration. Continual writing-up means that the students should expect to regularly prepare chapters to be read and commented on by their supervisors on a regular basis. This should help to ensure that when the formal writing-up period begins, students have a first draft of a thesis ready for modification.

Annual review

The Annual Review requires students to submit a draft Literature Chapter (8,000 words) and make a short presentation about their research to a Review Panel of Assessors, which will include a clear summary of what they have achieved over the previous year, and a timeline for the completion of their PhD.

Students will also undergo a similar Annual Review at the end of Year 2 and Year 3.

The Year 2 Annual Review requires students to submit a revised Literature Chapter and a sample Chapter, which is likely to be a Methods or Empirical Chapter. Students are also required to present their work to a Review Panel of Assessors.

The Year 3 Annual Review requires students to submit a commentary that details how they have addressed the feedback received from the Year 2 Annual Review, and one or more empirical research chapters. Students are also required to present their work to a Review Panel of Assessors.

PhD modules

Note: The information below applies to students registered from September 2011 onwards.

To aid students in the transition to independent research and to help them acquire the necessary skills, candidates are expected to complete a number of assessed taught modules during the first year of study. The School's research training programme is outlined below. All full-time students normally complete these modules during their first year of study, while part-time students complete them within two years. An exception to this is the module The Context of Management Research, which is scheduled for the 2nd year of PhD study.


Year 1

General Management Stream

Finance Stream

Economics Stream

Semester 1 Semester 1  Semester 1 
  • Research Design & Philosophy
  • Introduction to Research Design & Data Analysis
  • Developing Management Research
  • Research Design & Philosophy
  • Introduction to Research Design & Data Analysis
  • Developing Management Research
  • Research Design and Philosophy
  • Introduction to Research Design & Data Analysis
  • Developing Management Research
Semester 2  Semester 2 Semester 2 
  • Advanced Quantitative Research Methods
    OR
    Advanced Qualitative Research Methods
  • Econometrics
  • Advanced Theory of Finance
  • Advanced Corporate Finance
  • Econometrics
  • Advanced Micro-economics
    OR
    Advanced Macro-economics

Year 2

All Streams
  • The Context of Management Research

 

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Contact

Dr Hsin-Vonn SEOW
Director of PhD Programme

email:
NUBS.PhD@nottingham.edu.my|

 


 

 

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