Civil Safety and Security Research

Apply for a PhD or MPhil in Management
How to Apply
  1. Look at our staff research interests and find a staff member whose research interests are compatible with the area you want to work in

Download and save the Research Proposal Form. Complete all sections of the form telling us what you want to research, how you intend to do it, and why it is worth doing and how, with reference to existing practice and research, it constitutes an original investigation.

When you are ready to apply for your place you will need to upload the form to the Research Proposal section of your online application form

You might be interested in signing up for our 5 week online course 'Discovering Your PhD Potential: Writing a Research Proposal. The course is offered through FutureLearn where you can register your interest for the next available course.


Prepare your supporting documents - with your application you need to include proof that you meet the academic entry requirements and the English language entry requirements:

  • include all relevant certificates/diplomas and transcripts
  • include a cv
  • international applicants must provide official copies of their entire course transcripts including explanations of the mark schemes used and, where possible, an indication of their class ranking/position in class
  • supporting documents not in English must be provided with a certified English translation

You must also provide contact details for two academic (not personal) referees who can comment on your suitability for the research degree programme

4. Submit your online application ( Apply for Management PhD)

The Civil Safety and Security Unit is part of our School of Business and has a well-established international reputation for its work.

The Unit’s course directors provide consultancy services to blue chip companies and have acted as special advisors to a number of parliamentary inquiries into defence and security. It also has good links with the Cabinet Office’s Emergency Planning College.

Our Research Degrees

The Civil Safety and Security Unit offers supervision for the degrees of:

  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

- Full-Time

- Part-Time

  • Master of Philosophy (MPhil)

- Full-Time

- Part-Time

Supervisors and Research Areas

We offer PhD and MPhil supervision in areas that are compatible with the research interests of our academic staff, which include:

  • Contingency Planning
  • International Security
  • Public Unrest
  • Aviation Safety and Security
  • Business Continuity Management

Find a supervisor in your research area

PhD and MPhil Description

Candidates are required to submit a written thesis of 80,000 words (PhD) or 50,000 words (MPhil) which is assessed in an oral examination.

The thesis must be submitted for examination within the following periods of registration:

Mode of StudyNormalMaximum
MPhil Full-Time One Year Two Years
MPhil Part-Time Two Years Four Years
PhD Full-Time Three Years Four Years
PhD Part-Time Four Years Seven Years

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