Postgraduate Research/Doctorate PhD/MPhil/MSc by Research

Business, Management and Law

Salford Business School





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January 2020

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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.

You will:
  • Undertake cutting-edge applied research
  • Work under the supervision of specialist academics
  • Earn a Doctorate

students accepted

Course details

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.

Getting Here

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. 

Get more information about your options for commuting, or hear about the experience from current students


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 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 If you have any queries relating directly to ATAS please contact the ATAS team on

You can apply for your ATAS Certificate via this link:


How much?

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.

More information about fees and funding.

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Enrolment dates

January 2020

May 2020

September 2020