PhD Structure

The Marketing & Reputation PhD Programme

Due to the taught elements of this programme we will only consider applications for full-time, campus-based students; for part-time or distance options, please instead consider the Henley Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) programme.

For this reason we also do not currently offer an option for January entry.


PhD Programme Structure

The PhD Programme starts in September, at the beginning of the academic year; however, if necessary for your training, you may be required to come to the University earlier to attend some preparatory courses.

  • Year 1: you will have to attend courses examined according to University rules. These courses include Research Methods and other courses required for your area of concentration;
  • Confirmation of Registration: Early in your second year, you will present and defend your fully developed Research Proposal, consisting of a substantive document of around 10,000 words;
  • Year 2-3: The remaining part of your PhD studies will be devoted to completing your thesis, before your viva examination at the end of your 3rd year

You will also be expected to participate in departmental teaching and activities such as research seminars and conferences during your programme, taking advantage of the many opportunities offered by the Henley Business School in order to develop your academic experience and further accelerate your future career.


PhD Programme by Year

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;
  • 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 monthly 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.

Both streams require you to take 60 credits worth of modules, which will be decided with your supervisors and are designed to compliment your development as an independent researcher. All students are required to undertake the Introduction to Thesis Literature Review (MMD001) along with advanced research methods for your stream; suggested further modules will be discussed during induction.

Further information on the taught element of our programme will be provided following successful applications.


Confirmation of Registration

After 15 to 18 months from the start of your PhD you will submit a substantive Research Proposal of ~10,000 words that will be defended in front of, and assessed by, independent examiners. This process is known as your Confirmation of Registration and, if successful, will grant you the status of 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 & 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.

Further information on programme structure can be found on the University of Reading Graduate School website.

Enquiry Contact Details:

Daniel Bateman
PGR Administrator
Email: d.bateman@henley.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0)7970 929880

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