Management (Research) University of Birmingham

The PhD programme in Management will facilitate the creation and interpretation of new knowledge by the research student, demonstrated through the thesis. The Departments of Business and Labour Economics, Entrepreneurship and Local Economy, Organisation Work and Employment, Procurement and Operations Management, and Strategy and Business Management all contribute to the PhD programme in Management.

The programme comprises a short taught component followed by a longer research phase. Taught modules allow the students to broaden, as well as deepen, their knowledge of research methods at the same time as undertaking their own research and developing a set of transferable professional skills. The taught component is designed to ensure that doctoral researchers understand the breath of techniques used in modern social science research.

Doctoral researchers will be capable of analysing a range of data using a range of qualitative and quantitative techniques. They will be able to explain theories underlying different approaches to social science research. Doctoral researchers are expected to participate to the fullest possible extent in the life of the Business School. This means attending seminars organised by the Business School thereby helping expose doctoral researchers to new ideas emanating from outside their own area of specialisation. It also requires actively participating in PhD workshops and conferences organised by the Business School and Graduate School as well as institutions outside the University of Birmingham.

Ultimately all doctoral researchers will have the ability to characterise and solve business and management problems using advanced research tools. They should be able to derive policy implications from their research and communicate these to policy makers, practitioners and other academics in a manner which is comprehensible. They will also be able to peer review others’ research and offer constructive criticism; and to extend the frontiers of the discipline through their own innovative research.

  • Qualification

    Doctor of Philosophy - PhD

  • Study mode


  • Location

    Edgbaston Campus

  • Start date

    September 2017

  • Duration

    6 years

Course details

Assessment method

In the 1st year of the programme (1st 2 years for those registered part-time) students are required to take 60 credits of core research methods modules from the MA Social Research programme. They are also recommended to take advanced training modules from the MA Social Research Programme as appropriate to their research and training needs. Depending on their needs and accredited prior learning and subject to supervisory approval doctoral researchers can substitute 20 credits of the introductory MA Social Research modules for advanced training modules. By the end of their 1st year doctoral students will have completed an 8,000 word research proposal that they will present at the first annual review. This forms the basis for supervised research over the remaining 2 years of the programme and the production of an 80,000 word thesis.

Entry requirements

A Masters degree in a relevant subject from a UK university, or an equivalent qualification from a recognised university overseas. In some situations we will accept a good Honours degree (1st or Upper 2nd Class) or equivalent. This will depend on the quality and/or originality of the research proposal.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £2,090 Year 1
England £2,090 Year 1
Northern Ireland £2,090 Year 1
Scotland £2,090 Year 1
Wales £2,090 Year 1

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