MPhil – Bournemouth University Business School

  • Delivery:
    Full time according to Funding Council definitions, Part-Time, Full-time

There is a vibrant research community within the Bournemouth University Business School, with experts in the areas of tourism, leisure, economics, consumer behaviour, entrepreneurship, sport, disaster management and many others working on innovative and exciting research projects. By undertaking a Master of Philosophy (MPhil) with us you can tap into this expertise as you investigate and evaluate a topic that you are passionate about. 

A Master of Philosophy (MPhil) can be a precursor to a PhD, giving you two years to delve into a subject that you are passionate about. Our staff within the Business School have varied interests and specialisms, providing you with an opportunity to work with an expert in a field of research interest.

You will also be part of BU’s research community and have access to the suite of research, professional and personal training offered through the Doctoral College and your academic faculty. 

The research strategy in the Business School is aligned with Bournemouth University’s 2025 vision and strategic plan; a plan that stresses real-world impact, the enrichment of society and the economy, and advancing knowledge to significantly influence challenges world-wide. The Business School is also increasing its alignment to the institution's strategic investment areas (Sustainability; Animation, Simulation and Visualisation; Medical Science; and, Assistive Technology). 

Furthermore, given the recent AACSB accreditation awarded to the BU Business School, our strategy has developed and became fully aligned to a future vision of business schools, one that challenges business schools to examine their relationship to society, to the business community, and to the higher education landscape and be seen as drivers of change. As a result, our strategy is fully aligned to the UN Sustainable Development Goals and all research activity and knowledge advancements are punctiliously quantified against these goals.

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Key information

Next start date:

April 2023, September 2023, January 2024


Bournemouth University, Executive Business Centre, Lansdowne Campus


18-36 months full-time or 36-72 months part-time

Entry requirements:

An Honours degree at 2:1 or higher and/or a relevant Master's degree.

If English is not your first language, you'll need IELTS 6.5 (Academic) or above. For more information check out our international entry requirements.

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Course details

You can be awarded a Master of Philosophy (MPhil) after critically investigating and evaluating an approved topic and demonstrating an understanding of research methods appropriate to your chosen field. You’ll be expected to present and defend a thesis and/or practical element, by viva voce (oral examination), to the satisfaction of the examiners. You can register to study for an MPhil on a full-time or part-time basis.

The subject areas you can apply to study for your MPhil with the Business School are listed in the section below. 

Research study area

Research in the Business School is predicated on interdisciplinary Research Centres that foster excellence and Departmental based research ‘themes.’ These themes are Professorial-led and bring together disciplinary based teams in a collaborative, inclusive and focussed environment.

Our Centres (The Centre for Trade, Development and Transition Economics; The Disaster Management Centre; the Sport & Physical Activity Research Centre; and The International Centre for Tourism and Hospitality Research) have been the location for much of our prominent research.

All of our Centres are dedicated to delivering real world impact, working with external entities (such as overseas governments, All Party Parliamentary groups, C4, Historic Environment Scotland, Amnesty International, the United Nations, the UK Parliament, the hotel and tourism sectors), to ensure we drive social and economic change.

Focusing on excellence, quality and development, our strategy provides an important balance between:

  • Short-term achievements (e.g. increasing the number of staff that are publishing and the quality of publications from those already published)
  • Medium term goals (higher quality bidding and stronger external networks)
  • Longer-term strategizing (that seeks to enhance the interdisciplinary research culture, invest significantly in ECRs and evolve established research networks). 

The Business School world of research

Entry requirements

How to apply

You can apply for a MPhil with the Business School by clicking on the green 'apply now' button at the top of this page and completing the application form. You will need to create an account and complete the application form in full - including a personal statement and research proposal. You do not need to write a thesis as part of your application. 

You can save the form as you go, enabling you to return to it at as many times as you want before submitting. The form is split into tabbed sections. As you complete each of the tabbed sections they will turn green; only click submit once all of your tabs are highlighted green. 

Please be aware that CVs and academic profiles will not be considered unless they are accompanied by a completed application form.

Find out more about how to apply

Fees and funding

As part of your application, you will need to specify how you plan to fund your studies.

The Doctoral College can provide advice on different opportunities to access funding. BU also offers a number of fee discounts


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