PhD programme overview

Doctoral programmes designed to develop exceptional researchers with skills that have applications far beyond the research arena.

Studying for a PhD will be a life-changing experience that will improve your understanding, not just of modern business and management issues but of yourself and your way of working.

Duration

3 years

Full-time

6 years

Part-time

3 programme options

You can choose to study your PhD in one of the following areas.

This option provides advanced research and training for highly qualified and motivated students looking to acquire world-class research skills.

Research focus

  • Critical management studies
  • Data science
  • Decision science
  • Fairness and dignity at work
  • Health services management and policy
  • Human resource management and industrial relations
  • Innovation management
  • International business and management
  • Marketing
  • Organisational psychology
  • Operational research
  • Operations management
  • Organisational studies
  • Strategy
  • Supply chain management

Structure

Year 1

You acquire key theoretical and methodological skills through a series of compulsory courses, plus additional electives designed to enhance understanding in your chosen field while developing your research proposal.

Courses include:

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

You can also choose elective courses and workshops in advanced research methods including: action research, case study research, NVivo, elite interviewing, meta-analysis, mixed methods, advanced survey design.

Years 2 and 3

  • Focus on dissertation research, analysis and writing under the guidance of supervisors
  • Participate in research seminar series and research centres
  • Presentation and job market skills training
  • Present your work at conferences

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Hosted by the Manchester Accounting and Finance Group, this option provides an opportunity to undertake rigorous training and develop innovative research in all areas of the discipline via three main tracks: Accounting, Market-Based Accounting Research (MBAR) and Finance.

Research focus

  • Management accounting and information systems
  • Auditing and accountability
  • Market-based accounting research (MBAR)
  • Corporate finance and corporate governance
  • Asset pricing and market microstructure

Structure

Year 1

You acquire key theoretical and methodological skills through a series of compulsory courses, plus additional electives designed to enhance understanding in your chosen field while developing your research proposal.

Courses include:

  • Advanced Finance Theory
  • Advanced Corporate Finance
  • Empirical Corporate Finance
  • Advanced Finance Research Seminar
  • Advanced Financial Accounting Theory
  • Market Based Accounting Research Seminar
  • Advanced Accounting Research Seminar

You can also select elective courses in economics, econometrics and business and management.

Years 2 and 3

  • Focus on dissertation research, analysis and writing under the guidance of supervisors
  • Participate in research seminar series
  • Presentation and job market skills training
  • Present your work at conferences

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Carry out advanced training to develop ground-breaking research in the governance of science, technology and innovation (STIP). This option is hosted by the Manchester Institute of Innovation Research (MIoIR), a world-leading centre of excellence in the study of science, technology and innovation policy and management.

Research focus

  • Assessment and governance of emerging technologies
  • Responsibility in research and innovation
  • Managing and measuring policy
  • Knowledge production, innovation, technology deployment, and user engagement
  • Roles of universities, public research centres, and other organisations in science and innovation
  • Evaluation, foresight and strategic intelligence in science, technology and innovation policy

You may also look at the wider governance of science, technology and innovation including:

  • How societal, economic and state factors interact to shape the production of scientific knowledge and new technologies
  • The generation, diffusion and use of innovations
  • The development of socio-technical systems

The focus on governance and policy offers unique opportunities to link your research to the work of senior colleagues in other faculties at The University of Manchester. You have opportunities to address challenges for research and innovation in emerging technologies to meet key ethical, societal, and sustainability challenges.

Programme structure

Year 1

You acquire key theoretical and methodological skills through a series of compulsory courses, plus additional electives designed to enhance understanding in novel methods and specifically tailored content around science, technology and innovation policy and governance.

Courses include:

  • Research Process
  • Research in Science Technology and Innovation
  • Advanced Topics in Science, Technology and Innovation Policy
  • Advanced Research in Science, Technology and Innovation Policy
  • Epistemology
  • The Craft of Fieldwork: Method, Text and Writing

You can also choose elective courses and workshops in advanced research methods including: action research, case study research, NVivo, elite interviewing, meta-analysis, mixed methods and advanced survey design.

Years 2 and 3

  • Focus on dissertation research, analysis and writing under the guidance of supervisors
  • Participate in STIP seminars and the activities of MIoIR
  • Presentation and job market skills training
  • Present your work at conferences

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Research training programme

Throughout the PhD programme you follow a robust, systematic and flexible research training programme designed to:

  • Help you plan and write your PhD thesis
  • Introduce you to the variety of research undertaken at the School
  • Equip you with the skills to become a leading researcher

  • 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

You can also choose from a wide range of optional units including:

  • 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

You can also choose from a range of subject-specific units that cover the wide variety of specialisms studied at PhD level. Subject areas include:

  • 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
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