Research Degrees in

Operations, Technology, Events and Hospitality Management

in the Faculty of Business and Law

Opportunities are available to study for the research degrees of MPhil and PhD, either full-time or part-time. Research is focused on a number of different Research Institutes across the University.

Graduate School of Business and Law

Our doctoral programmes form an integral part of our research culture within the Faculty of Business and Law and will equip you with the skills you need to make a real impact, either in the world of academia or in the world of practice.

Topic areas include:

Systems Practice, Management Science and Sustainability

  • Problem-structuring methods, ‘soft’ operational research
  • Applications of systems thinking to management change and information systems
  • Multi-methodology in Management Sciences
  • Knowledge Management
  • Systems thinking and practice
  • Environmental management and sustainable development
  • Circular Economy

Operations, Supply Chain Management and Project Management

  • Performance measurement and management
  • Servitization, value co-production and co-creation
  • Sustainable supply chain management
  • Project management
  • Quality management and business excellence

Digital business, Innovation and Analytics

  • Digital innovation for societal good; Green IT/IS
  • ICT and it role in corporate social sustainable practices in organisations.
  • Social media/ ICTs and its role in society
  • IS Outsourcing
  • Digital business models
  • Information systems management
  • Innovation analytics, and meta-analysis
  • Business intelligence
  • Technology-mediated teaching
  • Education management, educational evaluation





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

How to Apply

The quickest and most efficient way to apply for this course is to apply online. This way, you can also track your application at each stage of the process.

Apply online

Please complete the additional Postgraduate Research Degree Supplementary Information document and upload it to the Student documents section of your online application. This collects important information about your research application and there may be delays if you do not submit this document.

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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