They undertake research into strategy and procurement management, 'best practice' and 'fit for purpose' purchasing and supply relationships, and contracting strategy. They are concerned with public and private sector practice, and are currently engaged in a series of major studies analysing which procurement strategies are most appropriate in particular markets and sectors.
As a research student at Birmingham Business School you'll be working with internationally recognised academics, become fully involved with research topics and contribute to debate across the whole school.
English language requirements
The normal entrance requirements for MPhil or PhD study are a first degree of at least good UK upper second-class Honours standard, an appropriate standard of English and adequate financial support. The requirements also allow for entry based on comparable ability, as indicated by a good UK MSc performance or a lower first degree performance plus substantial relevant experience.
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If you submit an online application, please write your ID number on your supporting documents when you send them to us. You will receive an ID number by email on the day after you submit your application (apart from applications submitted on Friday, Saturday or Sunday when the email will arrive on Monday).
If you send in your supporting documents before completing the online application form, please make sure that you write your full name, date of birth and the programme you are applying for on all the documents.
Paper application form
If you apply using the paper application form, please include, where possible, your supporting documents with the application.
Where to send supporting documents
The University charges an annual tuition fee. This covers the cost of your tuition, examination and graduation, and includes membership of the Guild of Students. Fees are payable at the start of your programme.
When you accept the offer of a place, you are also accepting responsibility for the payment of your tuition fees, even if you are sponsored or in receipt of an award and the sponsor fails to pay. It is therefore very important that you have sufficient funds available to you. Unfortunately, if you fail to pay the fees, you will not be permitted to continue your studies.
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For general information about open days
Their Postgraduate Open Day is the ideal opportunity to visit the University and find out more about the research areas or programmes that interest you.
For more information about other tours and visits:
Main University Switchboard
International Applicant Enquiries
Financial Support Office