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PhDs in Business and Law

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):

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.

Recent PhD Topics

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.

Postgraduate Research Handbook

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.

How to apply for a PhD

1. Consider your own research interests, then look at our current list of academic staff to see whether your interests match with our areas of expertise. See: http://www.salford.ac.uk/business-school/business-academics

2. Develop a research proposal of around 2,500 words. Follow this guidance to write a research proposal.

3. Submit a formal application at: http://www.salford.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/applying/applying-for-research

Read our FAQs for PhD page for further information.

Online PhD

Read more details about our Online PhD.

Get in Touch

Contact the Postgraduate Research Admissions Co-ordinator Dr Kathy Hartley k.a.hartley@salford.ac.uk or our Research Administrator PGR-SupportSBS@salford.ac.uk

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