Programme

Key Information

Next intake
September 2021
Programme duration
4 years (part-time)

Executive PhD programme overview

The Executive PhD is a four-year, part-time degree programme, with a thesis presentation in year four. It comprises of ten, forty-hour residential weeks, and additional private study.

Benefits

Raise your profile

You can benefit from our expertise in business and research specialties. These include finance, management, accounting, actuarial science and economics. In addition, the programme offers access to first-class, modern teaching facilities in the City of London, together with extensive global business and alumni networks.

This PhD is directed towards research that can make an impact on business, professional practice and broader business and society issues. It is a highly practical qualification that enhances the career and skills of the individual while providing the organisations they work for with valuable research input

Develop your career

The Executive PhD is a key career development tool for senior executives working in the public, governmental, not-for-profit and commercial sectors. Recognised as a leader in your field, you will be looking for new opportunities to enhance your skills and academic status.

Because this programme has been developed for the executive market, the PhD thesis can be tailored to the particular focus and specialisms of individuals and the organisational contexts you work in.

Busy executives can study this part-time PhD over four years. You will explore a wide range of subjects, including the latest scientific insights and theoretical frameworks and practical applications, all set in a truly international context.

Enhance your academic status

The main aim of the Executive PhD is to facilitate cutting-edge research that will influence your organisation’s thought processes, approaches, profitability and insight. By undertaking this programme you will receive academic validation, demonstrate greater value to your organisation and develop career enhancing, transferable knowledge and skills.

Meanwhile, your organisation retains your expertise and benefits from a four-year research study that is tangible, actionable and bespoke to its specific needs and long-term objectives.

Who should apply?

Senior executives working in research and development, knowledge management or innovation in the public, governmental, not-for-profit and commercial sectors.

Programme structure

The Executive PhD comprises ten, five-day, 40-hour resident workshops in London. You will also be expected to work on your thesis for another 16 to 20 hours a week. The resulting qualification is not just highly prestigious and career enhancing; it offers clear practical benefits to employers and employees alike.

Year 1

Four weeks

Week 1: introductions and set up, research methodology, managing research projects, theory and practice of statistics and economics, experimental methods, qualitative research methods, databases, candidates' papers and proposals (presentations).

Week 2: theory and practice of statistics and economics, qualitative research methods, databases and subject training in accounting, economics and finance in management.

Weeks 3 and 4: as above with additional candidates' papers and proposals (presentations)

Year 2

Two weeks

Week 5: reading, writing and presenting, subject training in accounting, economics and finance and management, candidates' papers and proposals (presentations) and group work supervisor meetings.

Week 6: subject training in accounting, economics and finance and management, candidates' papers and proposals (presentations) and group work and supervisor meetings.

Year 3

Two weeks

Week 7: reading, writing and presenting, subject training in accounting, economics and finance and management, candidates' papers and proposals (presentations) and group work and supervisor meetings.

Week 8: subject training in accounting, economics and finance and management, candidates' papers and proposals (presentations) and group work and supervisor meetings.

Year 4

Two weeks

Week 9: subject training in accounting, economics and finance and management, candidates' papers and proposals (presentations) and group work and supervisor meetings.

Week 10: candidates' papers and proposals (presentations), group work and supervisor meetings.

Thesis presentation and defence

You will present your thesis at the end of year four following approval by the supervisory team. After being questioned about its academic content you will be invited to defend your thesis. Once this process has been successfully completed you will receive your doctoral degree.

Supervision

We are happy to receive research proposals on any of the current research areas of our academic staff. Please note that not all academic staff will be available for PhD supervision every year.

Search our Cass Experts database for further details of our academic staff and their areas of expertise.