Manchester Metropolitan University

Research Degrees in

Business and Management

in the Cheshire Campus

Opportunities are available to study for the research degrees of MSc by Research, MPhil and PhD in Business and Management (including by Publication), either full-time, part-time or distance learning.

A major aim of research in business and management is to facilitate a greater understanding of a variety of organisational phenomena and empower business leaders and individuals to make challenging decisions, solve complex problems and implement operational and strategic change more efficiently and effectively.

The Department of Business and Management is home to the Business and Management Research Group and the Leadership and Strategy and Knowledge Management Research Clusters. All research degree students have the opportunity to join a Cluster throughout the duration of their studies and beyond. Academics within the Research Group and Clusters actively engage in research and knowledge exchange, in partnership with local, national and international organisations and have extensive experience of supervising and supporting postgraduate research degree students.

Our new Distance Learning PhD complements the Department’s existing research degrees portfolio and augments its experience of offering non-traditional postgraduate programmes by blended learning. This mode of delivery enables students to study flexibly, earn while they learn and fit their studies around their professional and personal lives.

To support its research degree provision, the Department runs the Doctoral Research Training Programme, which is compulsory for all new students. Each element of the Programme is designed to introduce and orient students to the PhD journey and prepare them for the registration process.

Academics have a multidisciplinary range of qualifications, skills and expertise that have been gained in the worlds of academia and business. The Department thus welcomes applications from individuals interested in researching topics such as:

  • Brand strategy and marketing communications,
  • Employee engagement,
  • Human resource management and development,
  • International marketing and consumer behaviour,
  • Knowledge management and knowledge sharing,
  • Lean thinking and organisational performance,
  • New product development,
  • Strategic change and cultural change,
  • Strategic management, and
  • Strategic thinking and leadership.


Before applying for a research degree, applicants should have a preliminary discussion with a member of staff to discuss a proposed research project. 
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