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PhD in Business
The Salford Business School PhD (Doctor of Philosophy) programme is for academically capable and strongly motivated individuals from around the world who want to develop new and creative approaches that extend existing knowledge and practice and advance their careers in business, industry, and the public sector.
With a growing number of employers valuing people who think critically, challenge assumptions, and construct persuasive arguments, all qualities that research training in business and management offers, Salford Business School provides a vibrant and enthusiastic and international academic arena. Working with distinguished academics with diverse teaching and research interests, PhD students receive comprehensive training in research methods, pursue original scholarly research in their chosen areas of specialist inquiry, and advance academic knowledge and understanding of business and management issues, processes and problems, and their organisational and societal contexts.
Research at Salford Business School delivers real business solutions with particular expertise in (amongst other areas):
- Finance, Accounting and Economics
- Information Systems and Digital Business Technology
- International Strategy, People Management and Salford Law
- Marketing and Services Management
- Operations and Global Logistics Management
- Management Science and Statistics
- Digital Business
- Social Business
- Sports Business
Scholarships to study for a PhD in Business are available under the Graduate Teaching Studentship scheme and the Pathway to Excellence studentship scheme. These PhD positions pay full fees and a bursary, and are part of the University’s strategic investment in research through PhD scholarships. Both schemes are open to UK/EU students.
Facilities and Supervision
We provide high quality working space facilities and computing facilities. In addition, there are spacious lectures theatres, a range of smaller lecture theatres, seminar rooms equipped with the latest teaching and learning technologies, and an extensive virtual learning environment, which are also made available for postgraduate research students.
All postgraduate students have a supervisor and a co-supervisor to provide academic support and to guide them towards the completion of their research project. They are also allocated a personal tutor, with whom they can discuss personal issues.
View recent and current Salford Business School PhD students and their PhD topics (pdf). For a list of academics involved in supervising PhD areas, please follow the links via the expertise areas above.
Research Skills Training
Salford Business School’s research places great value on the fostering of a supportive and collaborative environment. This is achieved through a doctoral training programme involving weekly sessions on the research process and methodology, a research seminar series, and an annual School Postgraduate Research Symposium that complements University-wide events such as SPARC (Salford Postgraduate Annual Research Conference) which provides an opportunity for research students to present talks or posters and publish their work.
In addition, the University offers a research training programme to equip researchers with the skills they need for success. The programme includes workshops and seminars on topics such as dissertation skills, career planning, intellectual property rights and surviving the viva. Postgraduate training sessions covering a wide range of important topics such as the PhD process and procedure, paradigms, ethical considerations in research, research design and research methodology are also available.
Full details about postgraduate research at Salford Business School can be found in the Postgraduate Research Handbook that can be downloaded here. This handbook describes postgraduate research processes and procedures, how to apply, the roles of the student and the supervisor, ethical approval for research, and advice and support for research students.
There are two ways to apply for PhD study at Salford Business School:
- Write a proposal and submit it with your application; this is the traditional way of applying for a PhD - we can advise you on writing the proposal;
- Choose from a topic suggested by our research-active academics; the topic can be fine-tuned in discussion with the academic (who will normally then act as your supervisor). If you are interested in finding out more about these topics, please get in touch with us. Find out more about how to apply for a PhD at Salford Business School.
Read our FAQs for PhD page for further information.