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 as well as 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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How to Apply

Please complete the Research Degree Application Form.

Research Degree Application Form

Before you apply, we recommend that you:

  • Contact the relevant Research Degrees Co-ordinator within your chosen area of interest to discuss the project or your ideas.
  • Ensure that you have gathered the necessary supporting documents required and submit them along with your application where possible: references, passport copy, qualification transcripts and certificates, English language proficiency evidence where relevant.
Next Stages of Your Application

We will contact you to let you know the initial outcome of your application, and invite you to attend an interview where appropriate.

Once the university is satisfied with the following, we will send you an offer letter informing you that you have been offered a place of study:

  • Your research proposal
  • The entry requirements have been met
  • You have satisfactory references
  • We have the expertise and resources to be able to supervise you
  • And you have had a successful interview

Some offers may be conditional upon achieving certain grades in your examinations, or successfully completing a particular programme. You must satisfy these conditions before we can confirm your unconditional place.

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