University of Salford Manchester

Research degrees - Study areas

The Salford Business School PhD 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 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.interests, PhD students  receive comprehensive training in research methods, pursue original.                

Research Supervision                

  • Accounting          
  • Banking and Finance          
  • CSR and Business Ethics          
  • Digital Business and Technology          
  • Diversity Management          
  • Economics          
  • Employment Relations          
  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation          
  • Gender Studies (applied to business)          
  • Global Supply Chain & Logistics Management          
  • Human Resource Management          
  • Information Systems          
  • International Business          
  • Law          
  • Leadership          
  • Marketing          
  • Project Management          
  • Operations Management          
  • Organisational Behaviour          
  • Social Enterprise          
  • Sports Enterprise          
  • Statistics          
  • Strategic Management          
  • Tourism and Events Management          

Our researchers are internationally renowned and pushing at the frontiers of their disciplines and as such offer a wealth of supervisory opportunities. To find out about our staff and research projects they are involved in please use our Staff Expertise search facility.                

Details of PhD funding opportunities can be found through the fees and funding pages

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.                

Distance learning                

If you are unable to commit to a full-time or part-time research degree our online doctoral programme provides the opportunity to complete your PhD through distance learning. Your main supervisor will be a Salford academic who will ensure you get the support you need throughout your study.                

Applying                

Full details of how to apply for a research programme can be found on our How to Apply page.                

Get in Touch                

pgr-supportsbs@salford.ac.uk

The School of Arts & Media has students studying for PhDs in a wide variety of subjects. Approaches range from theory driven enquiry, through case-studies, archival research and other techniques, to practice-based research. There are currently over 70 PGR students in the school.                

Research students are supported by a supervisory team, made up of a main supervisor and co-supervisor, and assisted by a personal tutor. Seminar and training programmes offered by the School and wider University enable students to develop a disciplinary understanding alongside more transferable research skills. Students also have access to extensive digital, media, information and workshop facilities.                

Research Supervision                

  • Creative Writing                    
  • Design Management                    
  • Digital Culture                    
  • English Literature                    
  • Film Practice                    
  • Film and TV Studies                    
  • Fine Arts                    
  • Heritage                    
  • Journalism                    
  • Linguistics                    
  • Media Arts                    
  • Media Studies                    
  • Music Composition          
  • Music Performance                    
  • Music Technologies                    
  • Performance and Theatre Studies                    
  • Popular Musicology                    
  • Public Engagement                    
  • Social Media                    
  • TESOL/Applied Linguistics                    

Our researchers are internationally renowned and pushing at the frontiers of their disciplines and as such offer a wealth of supervisory opportunities. To find out about our staff and research projects they are involved in please use our Staff Expertise search facility.                

Details of PhD funding opportunities can be found through the fees and funding pages

Modes of research                

PhD research within the School of Arts & Media is conducted as conventional theoretically led research, practice as research and PhD by publication. Salford is active in its support for a substantial percentage of practical elements in final PhD submissions. Regardless of the mode of research the appropriate theoretical and practical expertise tailored to the specific project is made available in the supervision teams.                

Career Prospects                

Students leaving the School with a postgraduate research degree are well placed to lead and manage research and development activities in a number of creative and media industries. Globally, a postgraduate research qualification is usually a prerequisite for an academic career and several of our alumni are now senior academics.                

Research Skills Training                

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.                

Distance learning                

If you are unable to commit to a full-time or part-time research degree our online doctoral programme provides the opportunity to complete your PhD through distance learning. Your main supervisor will be a Salford academic who will ensure you get the support you need throughout your study.                

Applying                

Full details of how to apply for a research programme can be found on our How to Apply page.                

Get in Touch                

We encourage prospective students to contact us so that we can put them in touch with specialist staff with whom they can explore their research ideas and the opportunities we offer.                

Dr Ursula Hurley
Postgraduate Research Coordinator
T: +44 (0)161 295 2851
u.k.hurley@salford.ac.uk

Research and research supervision at the School of Environment & Life Sciences is structured into two main research centres:                

  • Ecosystems and Environment Research Centre (EER)                    

The Ecosystems and Environment Research Centre is an interdisciplinary Centre with over 30 academics and 40 doctoral students which addresses some of the major environmental challenges of the 21st century: climate change, biodiversity loss, natural resource management and spread of infectious diseases.                

The Centre carries out high quality real-world research that contributes to the scientific understanding of the biological, physical and social dimensions of environmental change and the resultant impacts on humans and animals.                

Our research teams employ a wide variety of approaches, including behavioural ecology, epidemiology, ethnography, forensic ecology, genomics, geographic information systems, molecular ecology, radioecology, remote sensing, sociology, and spatial analysis, and use cutting edge innovative technologies in pursuing our research goals.                

  • Biomedical Research Centre (BRC)                    

The Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) is a vibrant, collaborative unit of molecular biologists, biochemists, chemists, clinicians, microbiologists, parasitologists, physiologists and cell biologists who aim to carry out research and teaching of the highest quality in the area of biomedical science.                

BRC multidisciplinary research focuses on the analysis of the function of cells/organs in the human body and animal systems, in physiological and pathological settings, focusing on cancer, inflammation, therapeutics and drug design, infectious diseases, pharmacology, physiology, immunology, molecular diagnostics and cell biology. It also encompasses the perturbations caused by zoonotic and pathogenic microbes on human and animal health. BRC research sits within a rapidly developing area which underpins understanding and treatment of diseases, which with our partners in hospitals will lead to better  therapies.                

Another major research area is in parasitology, including aspects of pathology, drug action and diagnostics for malaria, trypanosomiasis and larval cestode infections with implications for both human and animal health. Diagnostics and biomarkers are growth areas of research within the Centre and includes a diagnostic service for human and animal parasitic infections (Cestode Diagnostics).                

Our researchers are internationally renowned and pushing at the frontiers of their disciplines and as such offer a wealth of supervisory opportunities. To find out about our staff and research projects they are involved in please use our Staff Expertise search facility.                

Details of PhD funding opportunities can be found through the fees and funding pages

Science without Borders                

Environment & Life Sciences academics have tailored over 50 PhD projects for suitable international applicants, across the broad spectrum of our School’s research areas. Full details of these opportunities can be found through the School’s webpages.

Research Skills Training                

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.                

Distance learning                

If you are unable to commit to a full-time or part-time research degree our online doctoral programme provides the opportunity to complete your PhD through distance learning. Your main supervisor will be a Salford academic who will ensure you get the support you need throughout your study.                

Applying                

Full details of how to apply for a research programme can be found on our How to Apply page.                

Get in Touch                

CST Research Support Team
cstresearch@salford.ac.uk
Research Administrator - Catriona Barkley and Cheryl Batley                

The School of Health Sciences has a lively and creative research environment, with over 80 PhD students from the UK and overseas contributing to international knowledge economy. We warmly welcome visiting scholars to develop mutually beneficial  research projects which enrich the research environment.                

You can study towards a Master of Philosophy (MPhil), Master of Science by Research (MSc) or Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).The modes of delivery include full time, part time and distance learning.                

Research Supervision                

School of Health Sciences research is organised around the following key areas:                

  • Applied Psychology                    
  • Diagnostic Imaging                    
    • Breast Cancer Detection                            
    • Optimisation of x-radiation dose                            
    • Lesion Detection Performance                            
  • Foot and Ankle Biomechanics,                    
  • Gait Biomechanics                    
  • Knee Biomechanics and Injury                    
  • Rehabilitation Research                    
  • Rehabilitation Technologies and Biomedical Engineering                    
  • Sport and Exercise                    
  • Work, Health and Wellbeing                    

Our researchers are internationally renowned and pushing at the frontiers of their disciplines and as such offer a wealth of supervisory opportunities. To find out about our staff and research projects they are involved in please use our Staff Expertise search facility.                

Details of PhD funding opportunities can be found through the fees and funding pages

Research Skills Training                

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.                

Distance learning                

If you are unable to commit to a full-time or part-time research degree our online doctoral programme provides the opportunity to complete your PhD through distance learning. Your main supervisor will be a Salford academic who will ensure you get the support you need throughout your study.                

Applying                

Full details of how to apply for a research programme can be found on our How to Apply page.                

The Professional Doctorate                

Professional Doctorates are as rigorous as traditional PhDs but are different in focus. A traditional PhD subject can be relatively fixed, in terms of what is researched. A Professional Doctorate is more variable and adaptable to change due to developments in your profession. This is because the Professional Doctorate is linked intrinsically to your workplace.

The taught component is two years part-time and is concerned with critical self-assessment and the identification and          development of strategies for use in the practice area. The research component is three years part-time, building on the taught component to develop evidence-based practice and introduce innovative strategies in all areas of professional practice.        

Get in Touch                

Research Administrator - Emma Sutton
PGR-SupportHS@salford.ac.uk

The School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences has a strong reputation of research excellence. We advance nursing, midwifery and social work education and practice, and we inform social policy, through a wide range of real world research.                

We are known locally, regionally, nationally and internationally for our applied research into the interface between health, wellbeing, housing, criminal justice and social care. We effect change in the socio-cultural economy by research-informed engagement and practice.                

We are approachable, we work collaboratively, we engage with citizens and communities, we are responsive in a constantly changing environment and we are grounded in practical reality. In short, we are good to work with, produce useful research and we make a positive difference.                

Research is organised into internationally-recognised research programmes that explore: our understanding of an individual’s life span from the cradle to grave; the educational preparation of health and social care professionals; the behaviours that impact upon society’s response to social need; and the development and impact of health and social policy.                

Our research benefits health and social care service users and carers, educators, practitioners and policy-makers. Our commitment to public involvement adds relevance to our work.                

We have partners throughout the UK within the NHS, social care, private sector and charities. We have strong international networks, from Tanzania to Finland and from Denver to Hong Kong, which ensure global significance.                

Research Supervision                

The School attracts students from all walks of life and this helps to create a vibrant and dynamic postgraduate research environment.                

Research degrees offer you the flexibility to carry out your own research project under direct supervision of an academic member of staff. You can study towards a Masters in Research,(MRes), Master of Philosophy (MPhil), Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) or Professional Doctorate.                

Our wide range of research programmes are organised around key themes and it is in these areas that we are able to offer research supervision:                

  • Improving outcomes for children, young people and families                    
  • Mobilities, employment, education and professions                    
  • Improving the lives of people with long-term conditions                    
  • Inclusive places, integrated housing, social care and housing and sustainable living                    
  • Criminology and prisons                    
  • Audiences, media, consumers and culture                    

Our researchers are internationally renowned and pushing at the frontiers of their disciplines and as such offer a wealth of supervisory opportunities. To find out about our staff and research projects they are involved in please use our Staff Expertise search facility.                

Details of PhD funding opportunities can be found through the fees and funding pages

The Professional Doctorate                

Professional Doctorates are as rigorous as traditional PhDs but are different in focus. A traditional PhD subject can be relatively fixed, in terms of what is researched. A Professional Doctorate is more variable and adaptable to change due to developments in your profession. This is because the Professional Doctorate is linked intrinsically to your workplace.                

The taught component is two years part-time and is concerned with critical self-assessment and the identification and development of strategies for use in the practice area. The research component is three years part-time, building on the taught component to develop evidence-based practice and introduce innovative strategies in all areas of professional practice.                

During the research component you independently undertake PhD level research study, supervised by two experienced academics. Although the Professional Doctorate programme is housed within the School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences we have supervisors from across the Health & Social Care College. We have experts in child psychology, social care, public health, occupational therapy, radiography, physiotherapy as well as nursing, midwifery and social work to supervise your own area of expert knowledge.                

Research Skills Training                

The School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work and Social Sciences place great value on the PGR community. This is fostered during its biannual induction week, Celebrating PGR Research Days and seminars providing students with opportunities to present their work as well as short courses on research methods and theories and an annual writing boot camp.                

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.                

Distance learning                

If you are unable to commit to a full-time or part-time research degree our online doctoral programme provides the opportunity to complete your PhD through distance learning. Your main supervisor will be a Salford academic who will ensure you get the support you need throughout your study.                

Applying                

Full details of how to apply for a research programme can be found on our How to Apply page.                

Get in Touch                

NMSW Research Support team - PGR-SupportNMSWSS@salford.ac.uk
Research Administrator - Louise Brown                

Research in the School of Computing, Science & Engineering is organised into five Research Centres that give focus to research strengths:                

This diversity creates a platform well suited for collaborative research. It greatly enhances our potential to produce real-life impacts and innovations, particularly in the thematic areas of media and digital technology, energy and infrastructure including transport and environmental systems such as  wetlands          and sustainable drainage. It also allows us to take in postgraduate research students with cross-discipline interests.                

Research Supervision                

Our researchers are internationally renowned and pushing at the frontiers of their disciplines and as such offer a wealth of supervisory opportunities. To find out about our staff and research projects they are involved in please use our Staff Expertise search facility.                

Details of PhD funding opportunities can be found through the fees and funding pages

Research Facilities                

The School has a range of world class laboratories and research facilities, including:                

  • UKAS-accredited acoustics facilities
  • The multi-modal OCTAVE facility for telepresence and virtual environment research                    
  • Structural and ecological engineering facilities                    
  • Hydrogen storage and materials characterisation including electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction facilities                    
  • A physics high performance computing cluster                    
  • Engineering and physics laboratories                    
  • We are also a major contributor to the University’s Energy House

Research Skills Training                

We offer an extensive range of training activities to equip researchers both for their university studies, and for their future careers whether in academia, the public sector, or in industry and the private sector. The research training you receive will be tailored to your particular needs, which your  supervisory          team will discuss with you as soon as possible after you arrive.                

Discipline-specific research training is provided by the School's Research Centres:                

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.                

Distance learning                

If you are unable to commit to a full-time or part-time research degree our online doctoral programme provides the opportunity to complete your PhD through distance learning. Your main supervisor will be a Salford academic who will ensure you get the support you need throughout your study.                

Applying                

Full details of how to apply for a research programme can be found on our How to Apply page.                

Get in Touch                

School of Computing, Science & Engineering
CST Research Support Team
cstresearch@salford.ac.uk

Research taking place in the School of the Built Environment aims to transform the quality of life for society, whilst ensuring the well-being of future generations, through the provision of better and more sustainable futures. Postgraduate research students are fundamental          to          our research activities, culture and ethos. We currently have over 240 PhD students from around the world undertaking research programmes with us.                

At the forefront of built environment research, the School is also recognised for the warm, friendly, yet professional environment we offer international and home students. The School promises an exciting experience to our research students whether enrolling on campus based or distance-learning programmes.                

Each of our students is assigned a supervisor and co-supervisor from the University who are active in the area of research, along with a personal tutor who will offer support and guidance when needed.                

Research Supervision                

Our research is primarily conducted under the general themes of:                

  • Sustainability                    
  • Construction process management                    
  • Disaster management                    
  • Construction information technology.                    

Our researchers are internationally renowned and pushing at the frontiers of their disciplines and as such offer a wealth of supervisory opportunities. To find out about our staff and research projects they are involved in please use our Staff Expertise search facility.                

Details of PhD funding opportunities can be found through the fees and funding pages

Professional Doctorate                

The Professional Doctorate, taken over 5 years of part-time study, provides an achievable route for experienced property and construction professionals to gain a doctorate in          a subject related to their professional expertise.                

It provides an induction into doctoral level research in a friendly and supportive environment where candidates study with others from similar professional backgrounds.                

Distance learning study is supplemented by occasional workshop sessions in Central Manchester, making the programme suitable for professionals based throughout the UK, the Republic of Ireland or Continental Europe                

Research Skills Training                

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.                

Distance learning                

If you are unable to commit to a full-time or part-time research degree our online doctoral programme provides the opportunity to complete your PhD through distance learning. Your main supervisor will be a Salford academic who will ensure you get the support you need throughout your study.                

Applying                

Full details of how to apply for a research programme can be found on our How to Apply page.                

Get in Touch                

CST Research Support Team
cstresearch@salford.ac.uk
Research Administrator: Catriona Barkley and Cheryl Batley