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Brunel Integrated PhD

Brunel Integrated PhD

The Brunel Integrated PhD combines PhD research with a programme of structured research, professional and subject training. The programme typically takes 4 years (compared to 3 years for a non-integrated PhD programme). On successful completion, you will be awarded a PhD with an Integrated Postgraduate Diploma in Research in your chosen subject specialisation.


The programme of taught modules runs in parallel to your research work during the first three years of study, with the fourth year providing time for you to focus on writing up your PhD thesis, as shown:

BiP Programme

The taught modules cover research and professional skills as well as providing discipline-specific content. The Brunel Integrated PhD aims to support an individual’s development as a research professional. It aims to produce researchers who are well prepared to embark on careers as academics or professional researchers. As well as the skills to conduct and disseminate high quality academic research, researchers will develop a range of broader (‘transferable’) skills to help ensure that their work has impact in the wider world.

The programme is suitable for all research students but especially for those from outside the UK who may need additional support to adapt to the UK educational system and those joining a PhD programme without a Masters degree or with a Masters degree which did not focus on developing research skills. 

The Brunel Integrated PhD:

  • Combines all the benefits of traditional PhD study with a structured programme of research, professional and subject training to help you develop as an independent researcher who is well prepared for future employment
  • Offers a highly flexible and tailored programme of study
  • Provides enhanced support through access to a programme coach to help you reflect on your training needs and achievements
  • Offers the award of Postgraduate Diploma in addition to the PhD award
  • Is normally completed within 4 years (with maximum registration period of 5 years)
  • Allows you to benefit from membership of a cross-institutional cohort of Integrated PhD students with regular group development meetings providing a forum for group reflection and support.


Ahmad Alsaraireh, Brunel Integrated PhD Student in Economics and Finance:

Ahmad Alsaraireh is from Jordan. His research is concerned with merging politics with business where he investigates whether the presence of politician in the firm's board of directors has an effect on the value of that form or not.

"Throughout my first year I recognised the importance of the taught programme as I have learned a lot about the research process and concepts which is something relatively new to me before starting my PhD.

The Brunel Integrated PhD Programme at Brunel University provides me with an unique research environment for different reasons:

  • The programme structure and the modules included are very well      organised to develop my skills in terms of research process in general, personal skills and presentation skills that will help me in my future career
  • Friendly, helpful and professional directors and module leaders who help me overcome any problems I may face through my PhD journey
  • Brunel University provides me with a variety of resources and data bases such as, Bloomberg, Data Stream, Thomson One which help me in my specific research area".


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