Business and Management
PhD, MPhil, MSc by research
School - Salford Business School
Subject area - Business and Management
MSc by Research
One year full-time
Two years part-time
Master of Philosophy (MPhil)
One year full-time
Two years part-time
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Three years full-time
Five years part-time
- Part-time study option
- International students can apply
Salford Business School aims to be a first-choice international provider of next-generation business and management education and research developing graduates, managers and leaders in the digitally-connected, complex global knowledge economy who are transformational in thinking, behaviour and practice.
In research we foster a stimulating, aspirational and supportive research environment engaged across disciplines and in line with business, community and public policy needs.
Researchers are involved in projects which probably impact on your everyday life - statisticians helped create the official player rating scores for the Barclays Premier League, and they also validate that the National Lottery draw is indeed random.
PhDs and research activity in the School cover a range of areas:
Accounting, Finance and Economics Research - aims to generate insight into the economic impact of changes in real and financial markets, in financial reporting, and in society as a whole. We research in mainstream finance and accounting and forge interdisciplinary links with economics, law, social science, health and wellbeing, and consider the social impact of the discipline on a wide range of organisations nationally and globally. As a student here, you will have access to a number of research resources: including Bankscope, DataStream, EIU, FAME, ORSIS, and Wind Financial Terminal. Our research infrastructure and facilities have ensured a flourishing research culture, which sparks developments that continue to have a significant impact and attracts PhD students of high standard from the UK and around the world.
Centre for Sports Business – this is a new, exciting development that leads the world in quantitative research in Sports Business. Established only this year, the Centre has interests that include sports law, sports finance, the economics of sport and wellbeing, sports statistics relating to, for example, performance measurement, tactical decision making, the design of rules and tournaments and match outcome prediction. Statisticians in this centre developed the official player performance rating system for the FA Premier League. This centre provides a unique environment in which you can study the business of Sport.
Information Systems, Organisations and Society Research – brings together a community of scholars who share an interest in the social and organisational aspects of information systems and information and communications technologies. Research in this area at Salford has been consistently at the forefront of Information Systems research over the last 20 years and was recognised in the last Research Assessment Exercises as being second in the country for its impact. PhD research areas may focus on the impact and consequences of technologies in the workplace such as ERP, CRM, enterprise 2.0, and mobile technologies and open-source software systems. Research may examine the impact of technologies from the viewpoint of, for example, Project Management, Knowledge Management, outsourcing, learning, information governance/security or gender issues. Digital media and social networking are real strengths at Salford, including areas such as social media marketing, search engine optimisation, online behaviour and ethical stances, virtual team working, collaboration and networking, cultural issues and trust. We are active in teaching and learning research, with a focus on learning technologies such as Virtual Learning Environments, digital literacy and the role of social media in education. We have expertise in philosophical topics, including Dooyeweerd’s sphere of meaning, and poststructuralism. Finally, and more generally, we can offer PhD supervision in business ethics, masculinity studies, e-government, Human Computer Interaction, aspectual analysis as a qualitative research method, disability and the web, digital media and age (youths and the aged), online health and organisational story telling.
Marketing and Strategy Research – research is organised around a number of thematic areas, in both the private and public sectors: banking, tourism, international business markets and the branding of political parties. The core of the work in Marketing surrounds the consumption of products and services with special emphasis placed on the major differences between cultures and subcultures. In Strategy the main areas of interest are corporate social responsibility and exploring and redefining the value chain.
Operations Management, Management Science and Statistics Research - rated at 5A in the 2001 UK Research Assessment Exercise, and 90% internationally recognised at RAE 2008. Activity is directed at the sustained development of high quality research programmes addressing substantial decision problems confronting business, industry, commerce, health care and government. Particular interests include: forecasting for inventory control; models of maintenance and reliability of technical systems; inventory and supply chain management, particularly at the interface of such with maintenance planning; the modelling of strategic decisions using System Dynamics; models of quality management, agile operations and lean organisations; statistical and operational research modelling in medicine and health care management and general methodologies that underpin all of these topics.
Organisational Behaviour and Leadership Research - embraces a diverse set of established and emerging scholars in the broad area of management of organisations and institutions. Areas of potential PhD supervision are divided into two levels regarding focus and unit of analysis. Macro [Organisational] areas: Managing organisational change; ‘Re- organisation’ and the application of digital technology; leadership and employee engagement; employment relations, trade union organisation, activity and leadership; future shape of work organisations and employment law; International and comparative HRM and HRD practices; organisational Learning, knowledge and information management. Micro [Organisational] areas: work-life balancing and social harmony; future of volunteering; impact of organisational and technological Innovation on human capital.