A management PhD is a research intensive degree programme for students with a strong academic background. The PhD program develops researchers in Management for careers in academia, industry and public service.
Our programme combines robust taught research training and applied research practice within a flexible timeframe of three to five years. Beginning with foundation training in research methods, you will follow advanced training pathways in qualitative and quantitative methodologies and benefit from extensive training in research skills.
As a postgraduate, you will form the bedrock of our research community, and we will actively encourage you to publish your research and participate in research seminars, training retreats, workshops, conferences and presentations.
Our research is organised into six research clusters and we offer expert guidance on PhD projects in
- strategic management
- international business and enterprise
- organisational behaviour and human resource management
- operations management.
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We offer flexible study options including full-time and part-time PhDs, as well as on-campus study or distance learning.
It takes a minimum of three years to complete the PhD on a full-time basis and a minimum of five years for part-time study.
Students may start their PhDs at two points in the year: October or January (direct entry only).
Routes into Management PhD
Depending on your prior qualifications, experience and the quality of your research proposal, you can enter the PhD directly or follow an integrated route that begins with Management MRes.
There is compulsory taught research training for both routes and you will be required to pass two compulsory taught courses in year one, regardless of your pathway.
Direct Entry PhD
Direct entry onto the PhD will require you to work on implementing your research proposal from the onset and you are expected to complete your PhD in three years.
To enter the PhD directly, you need a Masters degree in business or management at Merit or 60% and above that includes coverage of appropriate research methodologies. You will also need to produce an outstanding research proposal that will attract two PhD supervisors.
Your PhD registration will depend on the successful completion of taught courses and progress of your independent research in year one.
Integrated Entry PhD
In pursuing the Integrated Entry into PhD, your independent research will begin with highly relevant and structured training on specialist management topics of your choice and core research skills. Your training will be highly applied and aimed at developing a robust PhD proposal. From semester one, you will be working with a potential PhD supervisor and your Masters thesis may directly contribute to your PhD.
This route is open to students:
- Who do not have a Masters degree in Business or Management.
- Who have not had sufficient training in research methods.
- Whose proposals failed to attract PhD supervisors.
This option may be particularly attractive if you have a four year PhD scholarship and are looking for a space on a PhD programme in the UK.
Your progression to PhD will depend on successful completion of MRes at Merit or aboveand a research proposal that attracts a supervisor.
Assessment and Progression
Regardless of your PhD entry route, you will start working on your research topic from the very outset. A PhD is an independent research project and the criterion for the award is a significant contribution to knowledge. This judgement is made on the basis of a thesis of between 70,000 and 100,000 words and an oral examination (viva voce).
The progress of your independent research will be formally reviewed once a year and your continuing registration on the PhD programme will depend on a successful Annual Progress Review.
As an applicant for one of our research degrees, you should possess a Masters degree at 60% (Merit) or an overseas equivalent, with a significant component in Business or Management.
If you have a Masters degree in a subject other than the one you plan to research you will need to demonstrate specialist academic knowledge, for example through your masters dissertation or, in exceptional cases, prior experience of management.
Candidates who do not meet the entry criteria should consider the integrated route through MRes.We consider all applications on their own merit and cannot review individual eligibility before you apply.
We can only accept applications submitted with all the following supporting documents:
- Transcripts/degree certificate
- Proof of language requirements fulfilment (where applicable)
- Two references
- A research proposal (3000 words maximum)
- Name of potential supervisor
English Language requirements for applicants whose first language is not English.
Fees and funding
- £4,320 UK/EU (to be confirmed by UKRI)
- £17,620 outside EU
Prices are based on the annual fee for full-time study. Fees for part-time study are half the full-time fee.
Additional fees for all students:
- Re-submission by a research student £500
- Submission for a higher degree by published work £1,250
- Submission of thesis after deadline lapsed £320
- Submission by staff in receipt of staff scholarship £730
- Research students registered as non-supervised Thesis Pending students (50% refund will be granted if the student completes thesis within the first six months of the period) £300
Depending on the nature of the research project, some students will be expected to pay a bench fee (also known as research support costs) to cover additional costs. The exact amount will be provided in the offer letter.
A 10% discount is available to University of Glasgow alumni. This includes graduates and those who have completed a Junior Year Abroad, Exchange programme or International Summer School at the University of Glasgow. The discount is applied at registration for students who are not in receipt of another discount or scholarship funded by the University. No additional application is required.
- £4,260 UK/EU
- £16,650 outside EU
Prices are based on the annual fee for full-time study. Fees for part-time study are half the full-time fee.
Additional fees for all students:
- Submission by a research student £480
- Submission for a higher degree by published work £1,200
- Submission of thesis after deadline lapsed £300
- Submission by staff in receipt of staff scholarship £680
- Research students registered as non-supervised Thesis Pending students (50% refund will be granted if the student completes thesis within the first six months of the period) £270
Depending on the nature of the research project, some students will be expected to pay a bench fee to cover additional costs. The exact amount will be provided in the offer letter.
We offer competitive PhD Scholarships to exceptional applicants and these cover full tuition fees, living allowance, research support and conference budget.
A wide range of support is available to help you undertake professional scholarly activity at the frontier of management.
The cornerstone of your development is the Management PhD Training Programme which encompasses foundation and advanced courses in applied research methodologies and management research skills.
The programme begins with foundation training in year one which includes three core courses and several optional courses. Students in year two and three continue to train in advanced methods and management research skills including academic writing, publishing, reviewing, teaching and presentations.
Core foundation courses
- Management research methods
- Master class in management theory and practice
- Research integrity training
Optional foundation and advanced courses:
- Academic writing and publishing in management
- Applied multivariate analysis
- Case study research
- Comparative case study analysis
- Constructing and analysing large data sets
- Ethnographic research
- Grounded theory
- Measurement and scale development
- Mixed methods
- Qualitative analysis with NVIVO
- Qualitative interviewing
- Quantitative analysis with SPSS and R
- Reviewing and evaluating manuscripts
- Structural equation modelling
- Survey research
In addition to the Management training programme, you will have access to the Research Training Programme and separately the Researcher Development Programme at the Graduate School of Social Sciences. The Graduate School draws together internationally recognised scholars and respected practitioners to offer a broad range of training opportunities in research methods as well as researcher skills and capabilities.
The Research Training Programme offers foundation courses in research design, philosophy of social sciences and qualitative and quantitative research methods. The Researcher Development Programme develops broader skills and capabilities such as personal effectiveness, writing skills, engagement, influence and impact.
In addition to formal training, Management hosts a number of research events including twice yearly PhD retreats, seminars, workshops and conferences, that are open to staff and research students.
The Adam Smith Business School provides financial support for PhD students to attend international academic conferences to present their co-authored research. We offer students a generous allowance that permits them to participate in external training courses and we encourage participation in external training opportunities such as courses provided by the ESRC funded Scottish Graduate School of Social Science and the National Centre for Research Methods.
How to apply
Identify potential supervisors
All Postgraduate Research Students are allocated a supervisor who will act as the main source of academic support and research mentoring. You may want to identify a potential supervisor and contact them to discuss your research proposal before you apply. Please note, even if you have spoken to an academic staff member about your proposal you still need to submit an online application form.
You can find relevant academic staff members with our staff research interests search.
Check our entry requirements
Entry requirements for postgraduate research vary.
All Postgraduate Research applicants should normally possess one or more of the following:
- First or Upper Second Class Honours Degree or equivalent qualification (2:1 in the case of UK Research Council supported students).
- In some cases a Masters qualification or equivalent is required
Candidates whose first language is not English must show evidence of appropriate competence in English. You can find the specific requirements on our international students pages.
Please check the relevant entry in the Research opportunities A-Z to find out any specific entry requirements and application documents.
Gather your documents
Before applying please make sure you gather the following supporting documentation:
- Final or current degree transcripts including grades (and an official translation, if needed) – scanned copy in colour of the original document
- Degree certificates (and an official translation, if needed): scanned copy in colour of the original document
- Two references on headed paper (academic and/or professional).
- Research proposal, CV, samples of written work as per requirements for each subject area.
To complete your application we will need two references (one must be academic the other can be academic or professional).
There are two options for you to submit references as part of your application. You can upload a document as part of your application or you can enter in your referee’s contact details and we will contact them to request a reference.
Option 1 – Uploading as part of the application form
Your references should be on official headed paper. These should also be signed by the referee. You can then upload these via theOnline Application form with the rest your documents to complete the application process.
Please be aware that documents must not exceed 5MB in size and therefore you may have to upload your documents separately. The online system allow you to upload supporting documents only in PDF format. For a free PDF writer go to www.pdfforge.org.
Option 2 - Entering contact details as part of the application form
If you enter your referees contact details including email on the application form we will email them requesting they submit a reference once you have submitted the application form. When the referee responds and sends a reference you will be sent an email to confirm the university has received this.
After submitting your application form
Use our Applicant Self Service uploading documents function to submit a new reference. We can also accept confidential references direct to email@example.com, from the referee’s university or business email account.
Once you have all your supporting documentation you can apply through our Online Application System
I've applied. What next?
If you have any other trouble accessing Applicant Self-Service, please see Application Troubleshooting/FAQs.
If you are requested to upload further documents
Log into the Applicant Self Service and scroll down to the Admissions Section. The screenshot below indicates the section on the page, and the specific area you should go to, highlighted in red:
Documents must be uploaded in .jpg, .jpeg or .pdf format and must not exceed 5MB in size. There is a maximum 10MB upload size for all documents with the application.
Once a decision has been made regarding your application the Research Admissions Office will contact you by email.
If you are made an unconditional offer
You can accept your offer through the Applicant-Self-Service by clicking on the ‘Accept/Decline link’ for your chosen programme under the ‘Admissions Section’ at the bottom of the Applicant Self Service screen. You can access the Applicant Self Service by using the link, username and password you used to apply and selecting the “Self Service” button below your application.
Please make sure you accept your unconditional offer within 4 weeks of receiving your offer. If you are an international student your CAS will not be issued until you have accepted an unconditional offer.
If you are made a conditional offer
If you accept a conditional offer then the offer status on Applicant-Self-Service will change to ‘incomplete’ to indicate that the application is incomplete until such time as all the conditions are met.
Your offer letter will list all the conditions that apply to your offer and you can upload the required document(s) through Applicant Self Service. If you have met the conditions satisfactorily, you will automatically be sent an unconditional offer.
If your application is unsuccessful
If your application is unsuccessful then we will send you an email to inform you of this which will outline the reason why we have been unable to offer you a place on this particular programme. Please note that your application status will be updated to 'Cancelled' on Applicant Self Service if the offer is rejected.
Deferring your offer
If you want to defer your start date, please contact us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. We need authorisation from your supervisor before we confirm your request to defer. Once we have this we will contact you by email to confirm.
How to register
After you have accepted an unconditional offer you will receive an email nearer to the start of your studies to tell you how to register online using the University's MyCampus website, the University’s student information system. That email will provide you with your personal login details and the website address. Please ensure that your email address is kept up to date as all correspondence is sent via email. You can update your email address through the Applicant Self Service Portal under the Personal Information section.
- If you have any questions about your application before you apply: contact our College of Social Sciences Graduate School
- If you have any questions after you have submitted your application: contact our Admissions team
- Any references may be submitted by email to: email@example.com
- Advice on visa, immigrations and the Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) can be found on our International student pages