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MPhil, DBA, PhDStrategy & organisation

Research opportunities

You can study a PhD over the course of three years, a DBA also over three years or an MPhil over one year.

You can study for your choice of these degrees within any of our three research areas:

These research areas refer to the specific expertise that is available in the department.

Strathclyde Business School

We offer an excellent academic environment where you can pursue your research degree.

You're required to:

  • attend the Strathclyde Business School Faculty Research Methodology Programme. Though most achieve higher, you need to gain a Certificate level. It is four modules over two to three days each. If you're part time, you'll spread these over two years
  • ensure regular meetings and contact with your supervisors

Full-time students

You'll have access to computing, printing, email and office facilities.

You're expected to be in the school on a regular basis.

You'll also attend the department's research seminar series as well as other occasional workshops.

Part-time students

You'll have hot-desk facilities, giving you regular access to the department. This will help you integrate better with other students and staff.

Potential applicants should note that there's no dedicated distance-learning programme.

How can I apply?

You can apply for a postgraduate research degree at any point in the year.

All you have to do is complete an online application.

Please complete and attach our Postgraduate Research Proposal Outline with your application.

Entry requirements

You'll need a first or 2:1 UK Honours degree, or overseas equivalent, in a relevant management-based discipline from a recognised academic institution.

If English is not your first language, you'll also need to have a recent UKVI recognised Secure English Language Test (or a SELT) qualification.

Before you apply

Writing your research proposal

Read our guidance on how to write your research proposal.

Getting a reference

Read our help on how to choose references and what the referees need to supply.

The application

During the application you'll be asked for the following:

  • your full contact details
  • transcripts and certificates of all degrees
  • proof of English language proficiency if English is not your first language
  • two references, one of which must be academic
  • funding or scholarship information
  • research proposal of up to 1,500 words in length, clearly demonstrating the potential contribution both in theory and practice. Please use our Postgraduate Research Proposal Outline.

By filling these details out as fully as possible, you'll avoid any delay to your application being processed by the University.

Supervisors

You'll need to indicate who you prefer to be your research supervisor before you finalise your application.

Not telling us who you prefer makes it difficult to make a suitable match. You're also advised to check the specific research interests and expertise of our academic staff and explain how you think their expertise will be beneficial for your intended research project.

It therefore pays to familiarise yourself with their publications. If you're unsure or have difficulty accessing their academic work, drop them an email to introduce yourself and ask.

In the email, make sure you attach a first draft of your research proposal along with a copy of your CV for the supervisor to look at.

If your application is accepted, an offer will be sent to you through Pegasus, our online application system.

If you accept our offer of study, you'll then be sent a full offer in writing via the email address you provide.

Accepting an offer

Once you've accepted our offer, we'll need you to fulfil any academic, administrative or financial conditions that we ask.

UK or EU students

You can apply for a postgraduate research degree at any point in the year.

All you have to do is complete an online application.

You can apply for a postgraduate research degree at any point in the year.

All you have to do is complete an online application.

Support & development

Postgraduate Certificate in Researcher Professional Development (PgCert RPD)

Our PgCert RPD programme aims to ensure you get the most out of your current research activities at Strathclyde and help you prepare for your future career as a researcher.

We'll help you recognise and develop your transferrable skills that'll have a positive impact on your research, now and in the future.

Find out more about the PG Cert RPD programme.

Careers

We have a great careers service that can help you with everything from writing your CV to interview preparation. Take a look at our careers service pages to get more information.

Student support

From financial advice to our IT facilities, we have loads of different support for all students here at our University. Get all the information you need at Strathlife.

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