In a nutshell
Salford Business School aims to be a first-choice international provider of next-generation business, management and law education and research: developing graduates, managers and leaders in the digitally-connected, complex global knowledge economy who are transformational in thinking, behaviour and practice.
In research we foster a stimulating, aspirational and supportive research environment engaged across disciplines and in line with business, community and public policy needs.
Researchers are involved in projects which probably impact on your everyday life - statisticians helped create the official player rating scores for the Premier League, and they also validate that the National Lottery draw is indeed random.
- Undertake cutting-edge applied research
- Work under the supervision of specialist academics
- Earn a Doctorate
This is for you if...
You are a critical thinker
You enjoy research and independent study
You would like a career in academia
You have a passionate interest in a particular area of business, management or law
You want to join a supportive and aspirational research environment
You are interested in the application of academic research
All about the course
PhDs and research activity in the School cover a range of areas:
- Finance, Accounting & Economics: corporate governance, risk management, Islamic Finance, computational finance, critical accounting, green accounting, accounting education, monetary policy, financial economics, forecasting, option pricing and stock markets.
- Digital Business: social media, philosophy of systems, robotics, cyber security, data protection, digital transport systems, impact of technology on culture, ecommerce, mobile computing, technology and education, digital systems and society.
- Labour Law and Employment Relations: the political role of Trade Unions across Europe, worker representation, migrant labour, conflict in the workplace, employment tribunals, professional and occupational regulation.
- People Management: leadership, gender issues, change management, strategic HRM, diversity management, organisational behaviour, sensemaking, identities at work, wellbeing.
- Law: human rights, international law, environmental law, the interface between international environmental, economic and institutional law, copyright and competition law, legal theory and history of the legal profession.
- Marketing and Strategy: traditional and contemporary forms of marketing, services marketing, distribution channels, cross cultural issues, political marketing, consumer decision making, innovation and entrepreneurship, market entry, competitive strategy, tourism, events management.
- Social Business: CSR and ethics, sustainability, social marketing, SME development, affordable housing for communities, education for social enterprise, social cohesion.
- Operations and Information Management: big data and cloud systems for supply chain, project management, internet of things, lean, process optimisation, new product development, modelling and control of supply chain.
- Sports Business: sports law and governance, commercial, managerial and geo-political aspects of sport, sponsorship issues, sports economics, ethics and decision making, the design of tournaments, sports and society.
Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.
What Will I be Doing?
As a postgraduate research student at the University of Salford, you are required to meet a number of milestones in order to re-register for each year of study. These ‘progression points’ are an important aid for both you and your supervisory team and it is essential that you complete them on time.
Learning Agreement: this is completed by you and your supervisor collaboratively in the first 3 months of your research programme. It encourages both of you to develop a thorough and consistent understanding of your individual and shared roles and responsibilities in your research partnership.
Annual Progress Report: this report is completed by your supervisor at the end of each year of study, and reports on your achievements in the past year, the likelihood that you will submit on time, confirmation of the Learning Agreement and relevant training undertaken.
Self Evaluation Report: this is completed by you at the end of each year of study. It asks you to comment on your academic progress, supervisory arrangements, research environment, research training, and relevant training undertaken.
Interim Assessment: this is an assessment of your progress by a panel. It takes place towards the end of your first year, and is designed to ensure you have reached a threshold of academic performance, by assessing your general progress. The assessment comprises a written report, presentation and oral examination by a Panel. You must successfully complete it in order to register for your second year.
Internal Evaluation: this will take place towards the end of the second year and successful completion is required in order to continue onto your third year of study. You will be expected to show strong progress in your PhD study reflected in the submission of a substantial piece of work, generally at least 4 chapters of your thesis.
SALFORD BUSINESS SCHOOL
Salford Business School aims to be the most business-informed, industry-relevant business school in the UK. Industry shapes everything we do, from informing our students’ learning to providing work placements, driving our research and influencing our academic staff.
We want you to gain the best academic and personal experience possible. As a student here, you’ll have access to a range of experiences and opportunities, including internships and work placements in the UK or internationally so you graduate with much more than a degree.
Salford Business School is located at the heart of the University’s Peel Park campus and just minutes from Manchester city centre. Teaching facilities include Lady Hale and Chapman buildings, which offer stylish modern spaces with lecture theatres equipped with the very latest technology and large screen displays. A dedicated Employability team will help you with work placements and access to work skills. Throughout campus, there is a choice of individual study areas, communal learning and breakout spaces, plus a selection of food outlets.
If you’re planning on commuting, both our MediaCityUK and Peel Park campuses are perfectly placed. Whether by bus, rail, bike or car, we’re easily accessed from all over Greater Manchester, Lancashire and beyond.
What about after uni?
Students leaving the School with a postgraduate research degree are well placed to lead and manage research and development activities in Business and related areas. Globally, a postgraduate research qualification is usually a prerequisite for an academic career and several of our alumni are now senior academics.
Previous students have taken their research expertise and knowledge into business practice, innovating in industry and helping to advance knowledge and practice in their professional discipline. Others have become established academics. We encourage the maintenance of links between graduating research students and their host research group and supervisor. This means the University can become part of the developing professional network that students take forward into their future careers.
What you need to know
You should have a first degree but this could be from a wide range of disciplines not only including the Humanities disciplines but also Science and Engineering. We would not be prescriptive about the methodology you would adopt for your research therefore we consider applicants from a wide range of backgrounds. We would expect you to have a foundation in research methodology, whether qualitative or quantitative. Evidence of ability to study and critically appraise literature independently is essential and candidates with a Masters qualification are preferred.
As a student embarking on a postgraduate research degree you will be assigned a supervisory team, to help guide and mentor you throughout your time at the University. However, you are ultimately expected to take responsibility for managing your learning and will be expected to initiate discussions, ask for the help that you need and be proactive in your approach to study.
Students will be encouraged to attend for an interview where practical.
International Students - Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS)
International Students are required by the Home Office and/or the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) to apply for an Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) Certificate before they begin studying their course. You may need to obtain an ATAS Certificate before you come to the UK in order for you to comply with Home Office regulations. Please refer to your offer conditions.
You can find out if your programme requires an ATAS by checking the FCO website at https://www.gov.uk/academic-technology-approval-scheme with your JACS code which will be on your offer letter should you choose to make an application. If you cannot find it please contact International Conversion team firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have any queries relating directly to ATAS please contact the ATAS team on Salford-ATAS@salford.ac.uk.
You can apply for your ATAS Certificate via this link: https://www.academic-technology-approval.service.gov.uk/
1st class or upper second class undergraduate degree.
Masters degree is preferred but not essential. However, applicants without a Masters degree should provide evidence of previous research methods training.
English Language Requirements
Normally international applicants must also provide evidence of proficiency in English. A minimum total IELTS score of 6.5, including a minimum of 7.0 in elements of academic reading and writing, with no less than 6.0 in any other element.
Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)
We welcome applications from students who may not have formal/traditional entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully.
The Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) process could help you to make your work and life experience count. The APL process can be used for entry onto courses or to give you exemptions from parts of your course.
Two forms of APL may be used for entry: the Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) or the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).
As a postgraduate research student, you will need to pay annual tuition fees. These vary according to the programme you are studying. Both we and other organisations offer a range of scholarships and discounts to postgraduate research students.