The SPSU PhD in Management program ensures that students develop an appreciation of the role of their research domain in managerial and organizational contexts, and can translate their learning from scholarly research into effective teaching. Our faculty’s commitment to advancing management knowledge through research published in journals, and improving the quality of teaching, enables them to effectively mentor doctoral students who are part of the intellectual capital of SPSU.
The SPSU PhD curriculum has the following learning goals. Students will:
- Demonstrate advanced knowledge of literature, theory, and methods in their field.
- Be prepared to teach at the undergraduate and master’s level in a business school.
- Produce original research of quality appropriate for publication in scholarly journals.
What is it like to study for a PhD at SPSU?
As with any course of study, everybody’s experience will be different, but here is a broad outline of what you can expect during your PhD study:
- You will attend a meeting with your supervisor to talk over your research proposal, put together an action plan and agree on deadlines. After this, you will be expected to write your literature review. This piece of work will involve evaluating existing research and literature to provide you with direction for your research project.
- You will begin to gather results and work on your thesis. Some students will also begin to write their thesis during this time. To enhance your employability and professional development, you may wish to spend some time during this time presenting your research results and ideas at conferences, lectures or presentations – or even submit these for publication in a book or academic journal.
- Some of your primary research may still be ongoing but you will need to dedicate the majority of your time to writing your thesis. Once this has been completed, you will present it to your supervisor for their approval, before submitting it for examination. After that, you will be asked to complete the viva voce.
PhD Students Manage Their Own Learning Journey
- Studying for a PhD is likely to be quite different from your experiences of studying for an undergraduate or master’s degree.
- During your undergraduate studies, much of your education will have been organized for you: there was a specified syllabus or curriculum, you were given a reading list of relevant material and your professors were there to guide you in the right direction where necessary.
- When studying for a higher-level qualification such as a PhD, there are not many research degrees offering taught modules. That doesn’t mean you won’t have any support – you will have access to your supervisor and your Research Advisory Committee.
- But you will have the ultimate responsibility for planning and carrying out your research. This will include things like deciding on which discussions you will need to initiate and speaking up when you need additional help or resources.
How to Choose a PhD?
- Choosing a PhD is different from applying for an undergraduate or master’s degree. Instead of simply applying for a specific course at a particular university, you will be committing yourself to a period of extended research. The outcome of this research will not only be your PhD qualification, but it will also be a major and original contribution to research and knowledge within your chosen field, so you must choose the right PhD for you.
- One of the most important things to consider is exactly why you are thinking about applying for a PhD. If you enjoyed university and want to spend at least another three years living the student lifestyle, a PhD is unlikely to be the right choice for you. Achieving a PhD requires passion, dedication, and commitment to a unique research topic. There is much less time for the social aspect of the university when you are studying for a PhD.
- Finally, choosing an educational establishment for a PhD will be a different experience than choosing a university for an undergraduate degree. You will need to consider how well equipped the university’s laboratory or library is, what facilities they offer to postgraduate students and whether there is the ready availability of your supervisor. Sir Padampat Singhania University fulfills all of these criteria.
How Will My PhD Be Assessed?
- Your progress will be monitored and reviewed both formally and informally throughout the programme. This process will be overseen by your supervisor. At Sir Padampat Singhania University you will be given specific guidance on what to expect during the monitoring process.
- The observations made during these reviews will contribute to the assessment of your work but the main part of your assessment will be the doctoral examination.
- The initial stage of the doctoral examination is the submission of your thesis for review.
- Following this, you will be required to undergo the viva voce examination. This is an oral assessment where an examiner will probe you on your research, exploring how you conducted this and what conclusions you made from the data collected.
- As part of the viva, you will be expected to defend your research, so you should be prepared for some intense and challenging lines of questioning.
- Your oral examination will be overseen by at least one external examiner. The purpose of this is to ensure that the examination process is in line with national guidelines and that you have met the necessary standard to be awarded an SPSU doctoral degree.