Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Intakes: October, February and May

Duration: 3-5 years (typical timeframe)

Awarding Body: University of Bolton

Entry requirements

Doctoral study is normally available only to students holding a Master’s degree in a subject area relevant to the PhD research proposal. However, Amity may consider applications from candidates with extensive relevant professional experience or non-Master’s degree qualifications on a case-by-case basis.

International applicants whose first language is not English require an Academic IELTS score of 7.0 with at least 7.0 in writing and at least 6.5 in other units.


In collaboration with the University of Bolton, Amity offers doctoral programmes for research in business management and information technology.

As a doctoral student, you are expected to contribute to the advancement of knowledge in your chosen academic field. It is a challenging pursuit but a rewarding one, and succesful research serves to help the work of an international community of fellow researchers and professionals.

Students undertake training in research methods, participate in research seminars and design and implement their own research to enable them to generate significant new knowledge.

In applying for doctoral study, applicants are required to submit a detailed research proposal, setting out the general area of research, the intended contribution to the field of study, an indication of the research methods to be followed, and a full bibliography. Applications are accepted on the strength of the research proposal, as well as an applicant's motivation and prior academic attainment as the main factors leading to confidence in their chances of completion.

The degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) is awarded in recognition of independent research conducted within a supervised programme of study, completed within the allocated time and judged to constitute an original contribution to learning. The student must demonstrate the ability to relate the research results to the general body of knowledge of the subject. Assessment is based upon the final thesis and performance in a 'viva voce' oral examination.

Full-time and part-time

Whilst most of our PhD students study full-time, you may study on a part-time basis if you wish.  The expectation of part-time study is typically half the number of hours per week, but there can be flexibility with this. Please contact the Admission Office if you would like to discuss whether alternate study schedules can be accommodated.

Unfortunately, part-time study is not available to international students, due to visa restrictions.

Further information

For further information, please refer to the Research and Graduate School pages of the University of Bolton website.