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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.

Overview

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

  • marketing
  • strategic management
  • international business and enterprise
  • organisational behaviour and human resource management
  • operations management.

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Study options

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. 

Supervisors

You will be allocated two supervisors who will act as the main source of academic support and research mentoring. Potential supervisors are experts in their fields and belong to one of six research clusters in Management.

You may want to identify a potential supervisor and contact them by email to discuss your research proposal before you apply. Please note that our supervisors receive multiple PhD enquiries and only accept one or two students per year whose proposals match their research interests very closely. 

Entry requirements

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. 

Supporting documents

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)
  • CV
  • Name of potential supervisor

English Language requirements for applicants whose first language is not English.

Fees and funding

Fees

2018/19

  • £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
  • General Council fee £50

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.

Alumni discount

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.

2017/18 fees

  • £4,195 UK/EU
  • £16,000 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 £460
  • Submission for a higher degree by published work £1,000
  • Submission of thesis after deadline lapsed £200
  • 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) £260
  • General Council fee £50

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.

Funding

We offer competitive PhD Scholarships to exceptional applicants and these cover full tuition fees, living allowance, research support and conference budget. 

Support

Training opportunities

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. 

Research Support

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.

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