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Specialising via a PhD pathway

Pathways to careers in a business school discipline

One of the most exciting aspects of business school research is the variety of issues that business school academics engage with. However, the range of research questions and methodologies make it difficult for any individual scholar to assess research quality across the full spectrum of work that business school academics produce.

Business school disciplines have emerged as a way of focusing on particular types of research questions and developing norms of assessing research quality for these questions. These communities of scholars share certain traditions and methodological preferences, meet regularly at specific conferences, read and publish in the same journals, assess one another's work and are often grouped together in departments or subject groups. For a junior faculty member the discipline is an important academic home and network of like-minded scholars.

The placement of PhD students in junior faculty positions is done within discipline boundaries, at specific job-market conferences with clear expectations of signals for high research potential. It is therefore important for your future academic career that you attach yourself to a specific discipline early on during your PhD. Our PhD specialisations (which we refer to as "pathways") are reflective of these disciplines and prepare you for the job market in your chosen discipline. 

Accounting

The first year of this pathway is the MPhil in Finance.

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Business Economics

The first year of this pathway is the Master of Research (MRes).

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Finance

The first year of this pathway is the MPhil in Finance.

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Marketing

The first year of this pathway is the MPhil in Strategy, Marketing & Operations or the Master of Research (MRes).

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Operations & Technology Management

The first year of this pathway is the MPhil in Strategy, Marketing & Operations or the Master of Research (MRes).

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Organisational Behaviour

The first year of this pathway is the MPhil in Strategy, Marketing & Operations or the Master of Research (MRes).

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Organisation Theory & Information Systems

The first year of this pathway is the MPhil in Innovation, Strategy & Organisation or the Master of Research (MRes).

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Strategic Management

The first year of this pathway is either the Master of Research (MRes) or the MPhil in Strategy, Marketing & Operations, depending on which stream you choose.

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