PhD structure

A PhD is usually taken on a full-time basis over 3 to 4 years. A part-time option, taking 4 to 6 years is also available in some research areas. The full time PhD programme starts in September, at the beginning of the academic year (in some departments January and May entries are also possible). However, if necessary for your training, you may be required to come to the University earlier to attend some preparatory courses.


Year 1

During your first year of studies, you will be required to:

  • Attend and obtain at least 60 credits from PhD/Masters level courses in Research Methods and other relevant courses plus a no-credit bearing course (see below);
  • Attend some short courses (2-3 hours each) required for the Reading Researcher Development Programme at the Graduate School (overseeing PhD studies within the University of Reading);
  • Attend the Preparing to Teach training programme (which is necessary to be able to complete any teaching-related activities within Henley Business School);
  • Participate in weekly research seminars organised by your Department and others relevant to your area of interest;
  • Hold regular meetings with your supervisor(s).


Required Taught Component

We have a slightly different path of taught components for students primarily using quantitative vs. qualitative research methods

If you are interested in the module description form containing the overall learning outcomes and description of the courses, please visit this link (click on the most recent academic year and then on Henley Business School. Courses are listed by code in alphabetical order).


Quantitative Path

Code

Course/Module

Credits

Term

ICM116

Understanding Management and Financial Research

20

Autumn

ICM289

Advanced Finance Theory with Empirical Applications (or alternative Advanced Quantitative Methods course, e.g. Financial Econometrics)

20

Summer

MMD0013

Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods

No

Autumn

TBD

Any other relevant course/module

20

Autumn/Spring

Qualitative Path

Code

Course/Module

Credits

Term

MMD001

Introduction to Thesis Literature Review

20

Autumn

MMD002

Advanced Qualitative Research Methods

20

Spring

MMD010

Data Analysis: Finding Patterns With Regressions

No

Autumn

TBD

Any other relevant course/module

20

Autumn

Confirmation of Registration

In the middle of the second year, 15 to 18 months from the start of your PhD (see differences between departments), you will submit a substantive Research Proposal of c.ca 10,000 words that will be defended in front of Faculty members and/or assessed by independent examiners. This process will coincide with your confirmation of registration and, if successful, it will grant you the status of a PhD candidate.

The research proposal will be a significant development of the initial proposal you submitted for your application. It will include material you may have produced during the 1st year courses in research methods (e.g. literature review, methodologies, data description, etc.). If you plan to do a PhD thesis combining three papers, you are expected to include a draft of the first paper in your research proposal. Alternatively, if you intend to use a book-like structure for your thesis, the document should include the draft of at least one of the three/four key chapters.

Year 2 and 3

During your 2nd and 3rd year you will:

  • Continue to work on your PhD dissertation drafting the other two papers / key chapters;
  • Hold regular meetings with your supervisor(s);
  • Attend some short courses (2-3 hours each) required for the Reading Researcher Development Programme at the Graduate School;
  • Participate in weekly research seminars organised by your Department and others relevant to your area of interest;
  • Contribute to Business School and Departmental teaching/research activities and events;
  • Present posters/papers at national/international conferences;

Your thesis should be completed before your viva examination at the end of your third or fourth year (4 years is the maximum registration period according to the University rules).