Research training

Our PhD students follow a robust, systematic and flexible research training programme designed to:

  • Complement their own immediate requirements as they plan and write their thesis
  • Introduce them to the variety of research undertaken within the Business School
  • Equip them with the broader skills to become leading edge business and management science researchers in the next generation

The timetable of research training runs from September to April/May each year. Courses are assessed and results contribute to a student's progression.

Core courses

  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Quantitative Research Methods
  • Critical Perspectives on International Business
  • Science Technology and Innovation
  • Epistemology
  • Critical Research Methods
  • The Craft of Fieldwork: Method, Text and Writing
  • Research Process

Research methods course units

Units usually available are:

  • Action Research
  • Actor Network Theory
  • Advanced Qualitative Analysis with NViVO
  • Advanced Survey Design
  • Bibliometrics
  • Case Study Research
  • Comparative Case Study Analysis
  • Constructing and Analysing Large Data Sets
  • Critical Thinking for Scientific Research
  • Elite Interviewing with Senior Managers
  • Introduction to Qualitative Analysis with NViVO
  • Meta-Analysis
  • Mixed Methods
  • Multi-Level Modelling
  • Problem Solving Design and Evaluation
  • Reviewing and Evaluating Manuscripts
  • Social Shaping of Technology
  • Social Network Analysis
  • Structural Equation Modelling

Subject-specific course units

Due to the wide variety of specialisms studied at PhD level, some areas provide a suite of subject-specific course units (eg students in the fields of accounting and finance will receive concentrated training in accounting/finance subjects).

Subject specific course units are offered to meet the training requirements of the following pathways:

  • Accounting and Finance
  • Corporate Strategy
  • Decision Sciences and Operational Research
  • Healthcare management
  • Human Resource Management
  • Information Systems
  • International Business and Management
  • Marketing
  • Operations Management
  • Organisational Psychology
  • Organisational Studies
  • Public Sector Management
  • Science, Technology and Innovation