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12th Feb 2010, 11:40 am
I was wondering if anyone has any suggestions about which are the top universities one should look at if one were to consider continuing study - for me this would be most probably be in an ecommerce arena with a focus on site optimisation to aid goal fulfillment.
So I guess I'm asking which universities have strong online/ecommerce departments? Particularly those with an interest in research. Also any tips on what one needs to consider before or during application ? And of course whether it's generally possible to complete such a piece of work on a part-time basis .. I realise we're talking years !?
26th Feb 2010, 02:35 pm
Mmm ... Just discovered that Manchester Uni would be willing to take £40k from me for the privileged of following their commercial doctorate program - may be I'm in the wrong industry !
26th Feb 2010, 04:31 pm
Christ 40K! That's crazy. Although I think that students often seek commerical sponsorship for their PhD's... is that right David?
26th Feb 2010, 06:42 pm
I am looking into PhD study too (if anyone will take me). But £40K....aggh...I though nursery fees were a rip off!!!!
2nd Mar 2010, 05:54 pm
Most UK PhD candidates are either (1) sponsored by a research project which a staff member has arranged (2) sponsored by a company (3) doing the PhD free because they are teachers in the institution which provides the supervision.
I think eCommerce in the UK is geneally taught in association with a MBA programme - so look for the good B schools.
2nd Mar 2010, 11:21 pm
Or simply become a university teacher Stewart!! And get a FREE PHD!
3rd Mar 2010, 09:26 am
A masters qualification is a qualification for doing a job.
A PhD is a qualification for being a teacher.
4th Mar 2010, 02:05 pm
I think that there may be more potential earnings from a PhD than a masters if you are looking to position yourself as an industry expert - particularly if its in a new emerging or bleeding edge topic... I'm just not too sure the business case stacks up if 40k is a typical cost - need to do more research and I'll report back
4th Mar 2010, 02:52 pm
Some employers definitely like PhDs but they are definitely research qualifications and not professional qualifications - so caveat emptor. I have heard of PhD holders being considered over-qualified for a 'real' job.
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