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Programme overview

The Business Doctorate (BusD) lasts four years. During the first year, you will be resident in Cambridge and will take tailored coursework covering research methods and relevant academic literature to enable you to carry out independent and high-calibre research. At the end of the first year you will be required to produce and defend a final research proposal for your doctoral dissertation.

Continuation to the BusD years two to four will be subject to satisfactory performance during the first year. Years two to four will consist of at least four weeks of residence in Cambridge per year. A progress report will also be submitted at the end of year two and three. When not in residence, you are required to keep in regular contact with supervisors while collecting and analysing data in the business environment. You must apply to the University for formal "Leave to Work Away" during years two to four, enabling you to collect your data off-site.  

It is important to note that the programme is not part-time, although you may be flexible about managing your workload and integrating the programme within your existing commitments. It is expected that over the duration of the BusD, your total time commitment will be equivalent to the full-time PhD (a minimum of 24 weeks of study per year).

The Certificate of Postgraduate Studies will be available to candidates successfully completing the first year requirements but not continuing to the BusD.