Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) by Research

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) by Research offered by Apsley Business School London is designed for working professionals who wish to explore in depth an area of new academic knowledge to contribute to the global scientific consensus. The expectation is that candidates will choose work that will have Significant Impact on the scientific community. It is a rigorous research based programme delivered in the classroom, blended or flexibly online depending on the specific needs of the candidate at different stages in the programme. This is because each dissertation is unique, innovative and personalised, so the delivery will be adapted to ensure the highest quality of data collection and analysis. Advanced Entry, scholarships and finance plans are available on application- please enquire about the eligibility criteria We are actively seeking candidates from non-traditional backgrounds, minorities and candidates with disabilities, and have an active Inclusion Outreach Programme. To enhance participation we are offering bursaries to candidates from these communities, and have clear guidelines on Inclusion within our Academic Regulations.


240 Credits

Scholarships available


36- 60 months

Whole programme:

The whole PhD is accredited at  240 ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System Credits), which is equivalent to 480 credits at the postgraduate level in the British system. Most students will complete the whole programme in a minimum of 36 months. The delivery is  classroom based, blended or online, depending on where you are on your journey.

Notes on recognition: The equivalent of the European doctoral degree is the Doctor of Philosophy degree abbreviated as PhD, Ph.D. or D.Phil. in Anglo-Saxon countries (USA and UK). This programme is accredited by OTHM/OfQual in the UK, recognised globally. In accordance with Article 328(1) of the Law on Higher Education and Science dated July 20, 2018. (Journal of Laws of 2018, item 1668), i.e. as of March 3, 2022 (Journal of Laws of 2022, item 574), as amended, “An academic degree and a degree in art conferred by an authorized institution operating in a member state of the European Union, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) or the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) – a party to the Agreement on the European Economic Area is equivalent to the corresponding academic degree or degree in art referred to in the Act.” The UK is a member of the OECD, while before Brexit it was also a member of the EU, with the result that titles already conferred could not lose their validity according to the principle of acquired rights, while those currently conferred by an authorized institution are equivalent to the corresponding degree in the EEA and Poland. Apsley Business School is a business school that is authorized to award doctoral awards in the UK, because it is accredited by OTHM/ OfQual, and is listed on the UK Register of Learning Providers on the government portal (UKPRN 10084917).

Each unit:

The PhD by Research comprises basically three phases, a taught phase where you will be taught Quantative and Qualititative Research Methods at the Doctorate Level, as well as how to conduct a Literature Review for significant impact. There is a research phase where you will start to publish academic work alongside your literature review and research. The final stage is the extended dissertation, where you will analyse and defend your work. Finally there is an Oral Defence in front of a panel drawn from the Academic Committee. The precise size and scope of your Research Dissertation will depend on your research topic- we advise you to contact the Programme Leader who will guide you on a personal basis. Advanced Entry, scholarships and finance plans are available on application- please enquire about the eligibility criteria


Apsley’s Doctorate Programmes are aimed at the top strategists in our community, who wish to develop authentic, sustainable and innovative management solutions in their organisation. You will be able to deliver high impact sustainable projects and solutions within your community and your organisation. A doctorate demonstrates that you are part of a an academic community of professionals who develop and implement ground-breaking innovative practice, often on the global stage. Recent graduates include board members at three Central Banks, Directors of multi-national organisations operating across North America, and the 2020 Winner for the Best Renewable Energy Financing Company in the Acquisition International’s Worldwide Finance Awards.


Professor Sebastian Fuller, the Academic Director, explains: “Welcome to Apsley Business School, London. Sustainable and Authentic Management at the doctorate level is about being able to steer your society at a senior level, being able to put your vision and strategy at the heart of social change. Typically you will be ambitious and motivated leader, aspiring to model authentic, sustainable and innovative management values. The theoretical knowledge and practical skills consolidated by the doctorate will enhance your professional standing, and your personal brand. “

Take the next step

With our scientifically based programme, you will learn the latest theory from experienced practicioners, and gain a fully accredited and recognised qualification that will push your career up to the next level.This programme is ideal for anyone aspiring to develop a career in roject management, or who needs to manage projects in their organisation. It is also a springboard onto the MSc, DBA or PhD, which will enhance your skills and groom you for senior leadership.

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