Brunel University London, is working in partnership with Ahlia University, Bahrain, to deliver the prestigious PhD (Without Residence) programme in Bahrain. It was launched in 2007 and is helping to create a new generation of scholars and business leaders, benefiting society by developing a research culture and assisting the evolution from a knowledge-consuming society to a knowledge-producing society.

A research degree in business and management from a UK university with an international reputation is a highly sought-after qualification. Until very recently, however, studying for a UK doctorate meant spending at least three years in the UK and anyone who was unable to do this would not be able to achieve their dream of gaining a UK based PhD. This doctoral programme represents a unique opportunity to gain a UK PhD and be part of Brunel University London.

Research in the Brunel Business School has grown substantially in both quantity and quality in recent years. In REF2014 the Brunel Business School ranked 20th in the UK in research intensity, up from 65th place in REF2008. Today over 85% of the Brunel Business School academic staff are research active working in a research community of six well-focused research groups, all with international profiles and collaborative research initiatives. Ahlia University staff make a vibrant research oriented community and together Brunel and Ahlia are cooperating to produce a strong inter-institutional research environment. You should therefore be assured that you will be offered all the support, guidance, research experience and expertise to help you to successfully complete your PhD.

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You will need to upload the completed application form and supporting documents in the links provided and you will need to support your application with a detailed research proposal and two references. Please take particular care to ensure that your personal statement (Section 19) fully explains why you are interested in studying for a PhD, how a PhD will contribute to your future career plans and why you have chosen Brunel University London’s PhD without residence programme at Ahlia University. Supporting documents:

  • Your research proposal (1500 words)
  • Your CV
  • Your Passport
  • Authenticated copies of your academic qualifications (Master’s and Bachelor’s degree certificates and transcripts)
  • Proof of English Language proficiency
  • Two references, one of which must be from an academic

Applicants are normally expected to hold at least a Master’s degree in a relevant academic discipline. You should also have successfully completed a Master’s degree.

The language of delivery of the programme is English, therefore if English is not your first language and you have not previously been taught in English, you will be expected to demonstrate proficiency in English. Brunel University London recognises a range of qualifications. For further details, visit here.

Study on the programme is by full-time mode only. You will be expected to complete your PhD in 3 years. Assessment is based on your submitted thesis and its oral defence in a viva voce. This will be held at Brunel University London in the UK and will be conducted under Brunel University London regulations.

The fees for the programme are continuously updated and are published here:

Fees are reviewed annually and are subject to annual increments.

Entry Requirements
Entry Requirements

Applicants must hold at least a recognized and endorsed secondary school certificate or equivalent.

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Academic Rules and Regulations
Academic Rules and Regulations

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