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Information for new PhD students

We look forward to welcoming you to the Adam Smith Business School and the wider University of Glasgow community.  This web page has been prepared for PhD students who hold offers and are making preparations for coming to Glasgow.  

The PhD programme

The PhD in Management is one of seven PhD programmes at the Adam Smith Business School, sitting alongside PhDs based in Economics and Accounting & Finance.

The PhD in Management is one of the few management programs in the UK that receive recognition by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and are eligible to host ESRC PhD fellowships. You will be joining leading academic experts, an excellent training programme and a community of over 100 PhD students in Management and over 250 PhD students at the Adam Smith Business School.


If you have accepted an unconditional offer you will shortly receive an email from the University asking you to register as a student. Please refer to the support available on the registration webpage 



The University's PhD Induction week will take place in January. As part of this the Adam Smith Business School will schedule an event to welcome our new PhD researchers; this event will allow you to find out about the PhD programme and meet your fellow students, PhD conveners and other academic staff.

The induction event will be held 26th January in the Hothouse (Room 282) at 2.30pm in the New Business School Building.

You will be welcomed by our Associate Director of Postgraduate Research, Dr Noemi Sinkovics who will provide an introduction to the PhD programme.  This will be followed by a subject meeting with your PGR subject conveners. There will be a drinks reception afterwards where you can meet the PGR team, as well as chat to staff from throughout the school and existing PhD students from all subject areas.

Compulsory Management PhD training

As part of our commitment to the ESRC, our PhD Management training programme provides a robust introduction to research philosophy and methodology including qualitative and quantitative methods. The PhD training is delivered through intense small-group seminars where students engage with cutting-edge research. These specialized workshops provide an opportunity to discuss your ideas with academic experts and engage with other PhD students.

All first year Management PhD researchers are required to take two training courses, which will commence in October 2024:
Management Research Methods code MGT5296
Research Master Class code MGT5297

Part-time researchers will need to discuss the training with their supervisors and Management PhD convener if attendance at sessions is not possible. 

PG Certificate in Management Research Methods

All researchers registered on the Management PhD programme are eligible for the Postgraduate Certificate in Management Research Methods. The certificate is an additional qualification that formalizes your training in research methods. It is free of charge for all registered researchers.

To obtain the PG Certificate, a researcher must complete 60 credits of research methods training in Management. This includes Management Research Methods (30 credits) and Research Master Class (10 credits) plus another 20 credits from a broad range of options within the Adam Smith Business School and the Graduate School of Social Sciences. More information will be provided by the convener at induction. 

Other training

PhD training is also provided by the College of Social Sciences and the University centrally.

The College Graduate school has a Research Training Programme.

Courses on generic research skills and professional skills are provided by the university centrally and more information can be found on the Researcher Development webpages

You should discuss with your supervisor whether or not you should attend any of these courses. 



Finding accommodation in Glasgow can be challenging. You are encouraged to secure accommodation in advance of travelling to Glasgow. If you are experiencing difficulties please contact your PhD administrator and we will try and offer advice for the commencement of your studies.

There is an online booking system for University Accommodation; however, if you haven't already arranged University accommodation then there is limited availability. Accommodation Services have an Accommodation Enquiry Line on +44 (0) 141 330 7157 Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm. You can also find further information on their Accomodation Guidance page.

The Student Representative Council is another source of advice. You may find their fearless-flathunting guide helpful.



For international students

There is information for international students on the International student support and visas website.  This also has information about living in the UK, opening a bank account, health services and other topics which will be helpful to those coming here for the first time. 


If you have a question...

If you have any queries you are welcome to contact the PGR admin team at 

Your dedicated administrator is Miss Rhiannon Darlow, you can also contact her at 

You can also connect with the business school via Social Media