PhD in Business Management
and Administration

  • Research
Course Overview
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USB’s PhD in Business Management and Administration is aimed at those who want to undertake supervised research to become an expert in their field. This requires a contribution to new knowledge through rigorous research. With USB’s PhD you will help to find solutions to pressing business problems in the real world. USB emphasises the creation of knowledge that is particularly relevant to African organisations. This degree will stand you in good stead if you want to work in industries focused on research and innovation, or at an academic institution. This is a multi-year programme.

 

Multi-year programme

At least 2 years of registration

PROGRAMME HEAD
Dr Lara Skelly

Dr Lara Skelly’s career at USB began as a research manager in 2015, and the role of the head of USB’s PhD in Business Management and Administration was added in June 2017. She has a special interest in how to increase the impact of research.

 

 

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  • Admission Requirements
  • Fees

Overview

USB’s PhD in Business Management and Administration is aimed at those who want to undertake supervised research to become an expert in their field. This requires a contribution to new knowledge through rigorous research. With USB’s PhD you will help to find solutions to pressing business problems in the real world. During this process you will develop personal and transferable skills which can be used in a range of applied situations. USB emphasises the creation of knowledge that is particularly relevant to African organisations. This forms part of our social responsibility. This degree will stand you in good stead if you want to work in industries focused on research and innovation, or at an academic institution. 

The degree is awarded solely on the successful completion of a research-based dissertation. The minimum period of registration for the PhD is two years.

The preparation of your concept note

Every application must include a concept note, written in scientific language, on your intended research. The concept note serves to demonstrate whether you have a mature approach to high-level research. It also helps us evaluate whether the topic is viable and whether we can provide appropriate supervision and resources. The concept note must cover, among others, the title and an overview of your proposed research, a literature review with an analysis of at least six academic journal articles, a description of the theoretical framework you will be using, the problem statement and research question, an overview of the research method, an explanation of why the study is important and who will benefit from it, and references.

The preparation of your comprehensive research proposal

Once your concept note has been approved, you need to submit a comprehensive research proposal. Your provisional supervisor will guide you in the preparation of your proposal. Your comprehensive research proposal will serve as your road map for the completion of your PhD. You will be formally registered for your PhD once your comprehensive research proposal has been accepted.

Approving your dissertation

Your final dissertation will be evaluated by three examiners. This will be followed by a public oral defence of the dissertation – the viva voce – before your dissertation is finally approved. Upon completion of the PhD, you will be awarded the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Business Management and Administration by Stellenbosch University.

The PhD is a combination of scientific rigour and managerial relevance. To develop applicable knowledge underpinned by theory and practice, PhD students need to conduct research on real-world problems, and develop personal and transferable skills which can be used in a range of applied situations. ​USB emphasises the creation of knowledge that is relevant to South African organisations, and from there to beyond our borders. This forms part of our social responsibility to strengthen our country to the benefit of all those involved.

To apply for the PhD in Business Management and Administration, you must meet the following requirements:

  • A relevant master’s degree in a management-related area. The major part of the master’s degree must consist of a written thesis. You must have achieved an average pass mark of 65% for the master’s degree and 65% for the research module. A high standard Preparation of Concept Note is also a requirement for this. Once the concept note has been approved you will be assigned a provisional supervisor.
  • A minimum period of registration of two years.

  • 2019 programme tuition fees will be updated in September 2018.
 Programme tuition fees 2018 (1st year) 2019 (2nd year) Total
Students from South Africa R42 059 R42 059 R84 118
Students from Southern African Development Community
(SADC) countries
R45 754 R45 754 R91 508
International students from the rest of Africa (non-SADC countries) R49 869 R49 869 R99 738
​International students from the rest of the world R49 869 ​R49 869 R99 738
​​​​​​​Deposit payable on acceptance of admission​ for 2019
​​​​Students from South Africa R10 100
​​​​Students from Southern African Development Community
(SADC) countries
R23 043
International students from the rest of Africa
(non-SADC countries)
R25 306
​International students from the rest of the world R25 306
​​​​​​​Application fee​ for 2019
Application fee (non-refundable; applicable to all students) R710

 

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Class Profile 2017

Black African
Coloured
Indian
White
Arts & Humanities
Commerce
Natural & Physical Science
Information Technology
Agriculture & Forestry
Engineering
Other
Under 25 years
25-30 years
31-36 years
37 years and older
Less than 2 years
3-6 years
7-11 years
12 years or more
Other

This degree will help you to become an expert in your field of specialisation through in-depth research. You will be adding to the field of business knowledge while contributing to society as a whole.

  • Acquire a globally acknowledged PhD: USB is a triple accredited business school (AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA). In addition, USB is a member of the European Doctoral Programmes Association in Management and Business Administration (EDAMBA) and the Globally Responsible Leadership Initiative’s (GRLI’s) Global Doctoral Alliance (GDA), which holds benefits for USB’s doctoral students.
  • Join a research community: At USB, various people are involved in your research – not only your supervisor. This leads to input and support from a diverse group of academics in a multidisciplinary environment. USB’s Research Colloquia provides a platform to engage with other PhD candidates and other scholars. This also gives you the opportunity to present your research to this select audience and to gain insight from their questions and comments.
  • Engage in meaningful research: As a signatory to the Globally Responsible Leadership Initiative’s Global Doctoral Alliance, USB is committed to incorporating the societal dimension of business and sustainability in its PhD research.

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