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An entrepreneur

PhDEntrepreneurship

Research opportunities

You can study a PhD over three years, in any of our eight research areas:

Course structure

Year 1

In your first year, you'll need to take a number of classes offered through our Business & Management (MBM) course.

If you already have postgraduate training in business or social science research methods, you'll be expected to earn a Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert) in Business & Management before you can progress to the PhD.

If you don't have any postgraduate training in business or social science research methods, you'll need to gain a Masters of Research (MRes) in Business & Management before you can progress to the PhD.

These classes provide research training in accordance with the Economic & Social Research Council's (ESRC) guidelines.

You'll also participate in an Entrepreneurship Research class as part of your research methods training. This class introduces you to the breadth of entrepreneurship research.

Years 2 & 3

This is where you'll actively pursue your individual research project with support from your supervisors.

You'll be evaluated every six months and when your thesis is complete, it'll be evaluated by an internal examiner from our department along with an external examiner from another university before you defend it to your VIVA committee.

Every January or February, you'll also be required to present at our Entrepreneurship Research Conference.

You're encouraged to submit your research for presentation at national and international research conferences too, along with taking part in doctoral training workshops.


How can I apply?

You can apply for a postgraduate research degree at any point in the year.

All you have to do is complete an online application.

Please complete and attach our Postgraduate Research Proposal Outline with your application.

Entry requirements

We look for students with a first or 2:1 UK Honours degree, or overseas equivalent, from a recognised academic institution, or a Masters degree in business or a related area of social science.

If English isn't your first language, you'll need to have one of the following:

  • IELTS score of 7
  • computer based score of 250
  • internet based score of 100

Before you apply

Writing your research proposal

Read our guidance on how to write your research proposal.

Getting a reference

Read our help on how to choose references and what the referees need to supply.

The application

During the application you'll be asked for the following:

  • your full contact details
  • a cover letter explaining how we can add value to your proposed research and how you can bring value to us along with your future career aspirations
  • a copy of an up-to-date CV
  • transcripts and certificates of all degrees
  • proof of English language proficiency, less than two years old, if English isn't your first language
  • two references, one of which must be academic
  • funding or scholarship information
  • research proposal of 250-1,000 words in length, detailing the subject area and topic to be investigated. Please use our Postgraduate Research Proposal Outline.

By filling these details out as fully as possible, you'll avoid any delay to your application being processed by the University.

Supervisors

Supervisors are assigned to you by the Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship.

Let us know which two supervisors you'd like to work with, but the department will team you up with whoever's best to support your research.

Once we've received your application, your research proposal is passed to potential supervisors for consideration.

If your chosen supervisor is available to work with you, they will confirm this and nominate a potential second supervisor.

As soon as a second supervisor is confirmed, an offer of study will be sent to you through Pegasus, our online application system.

If you accept our offer, you'll then be sent a full offer in writing via the email address you provide.

Accepting an offer

Once you've accepted our offer, we'll need you to fulfil any academic, administrative or financial conditions that we ask.

UK or EU students

If you're applying as a Scottish, UK or EU student, you'll then be issued with your registration documentation.

You can apply for a postgraduate research degree at any point in the year.

All you have to do is complete an online application.

Support & development

Postgraduate Certificate in Researcher Professional Development (PgCert RPD)

Our PgCert RPD programme aims to ensure you get the most out of your current research activities at Strathclyde and help you prepare for your future career as a researcher.

We'll help you recognise and develop your transferable skills that'll have a positive impact on your research, now and in the future.

Find out more about the PG Cert RPD programme.

Careers

We have a great careers service at Strathclyde that can help you with everything from writing your CV to interview preparation.

Student support

From financial advice to our IT facilities, we have loads of different support for all students here at our University. Get all the information you need at Strathlife.

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