Strathclyde Business School
Department of Management Science

Research Degrees Phd, DBA, MPhil

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Opportunities exist for research study in a wide range of areas, including group decision support, multi-criteria decisions, analysis of risk, operations management, project management, telecomms policy, reliability and others.

Currently the department is offering research studentships.

We have a flourishing community of around 40 students in the department.

The department offers the following research degrees:

  • Master of Philosophy (MPhil)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Phd)
  • Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)

Our students come from many different countries and work on a variety of topics. All full-time research students (and some part-timers):

  • have office space in the department
  • full access to computing facilities, e-mail, internet etc
  • undertake a research methodology course during their 1st year

The department organises an annual residential workshop  for research students and supervisors which is held over two full days, involving discussion both of individual projects and general issues such as research strategy, time management, writing-up etc.

There are regular Departmental research seminars, with staff and research students both attending and contributing. Other events - academic and social - are often organised by the students themselves.

Candidates should normally hold a good Honours degree (or the equivalent), though other forms of qualification and experience will be taken into account. First degrees may also be augmented by previous postgraduate qualifications, such as an MSc.



Master of Philosophy (MPhil)

This "master by research" qualification requires a minimum of 12 months' full-time study, or 21 months part-time. Candidates are required to follow an approved scheme of research and to submit a thesis embodying this work. This may comprise original research, a critical review of existing knowledge, or a combination of these.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Full-time study for a PhD normally lasts not less than 36 months. The minimum period of part-time study is set according to how much time the student is able to devote to study. Candidates submit a thesis embodying the results of their research, which must make a "distinct contribution to knowledge", and there is also a viva. In most cases, students are registered for an MPhil in the first instance, with transfer to PhD candidature taking place after a year, subject to satisfactory progress.

Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)

This is an advanced degree obtained (through a minimum of 36 months study) via a mixture of coursework and research within the Business School. The programme provides a more structured route to a doctoral qualification than the "classic" PhD. The overall programme for the first year comprises directed study on research methods; directed study on areas of specialist knowledge; a mini dissertation, pilot study, or first phase research project; and a scheme of research leading to a thesis in an approved area of study. The DBA itself may be taken full-time or part-time and is only open to candidates with prior managerial experience.

Sources of Funding

Our research students are funded in many ways. Part-timers are normally in employment, and some receive financial support for fees etc from their employers. Full-time students from overseas receive a variety of scholarships from their own governments, institutions such as the British Council, etc. The Department has also been successful in finding funding for specific projects from industrial sponsors or partners, research councils, etc. We have full (mode A) recognition by ESRC for research students. A few University scholarships are available for candidates of exceptional merit. The Strathclyde University website provides a list of up-to-date information about Scholarships for full-time postgraduate study at Strathclyde, including details on eligibility and the application process. Many research students also supplement their income by undertaking work within the Department - e.g. assisting with the marking of undergraduate work. This is encouraged provided the time taken up is not such as to detract from the student's own research work.

Postgraduate Tuition Fees

A common scale of fees applies to all postgraduate students, whether registered for an MSc/PGD or a research degree. The Student Experience website lists the fees for all the degrees.

Applicants who are unsure of their status should seek clarification from the University Registry as early as possible in the application process. (The main criterion used in most cases is "normal place of residence" rather than nationality.)

Research Area

Applicants should provide a research proposal with their application (information about the form this should take can be found in our research brochure).  Applications are made online and all documents can be uploaded with the application.

For questions about the application process, enquiries can be made via:

Email:, phone: +44 (0)141 548 3613 or fax: +44 (0)141 552 6686

English Language

Where an applicant's mother tongue is English, or the first degree was done at an institution with English as its language of communication, there is no special requirement. For others the University normally requires a minimum TOEFL score of 600, 6.5 in IELTS, or 250 in a computer based TOEFL test. Pre-sessional courses in English are available.



Research brochure 2015  - our brochure gives information about PhD/DBA/MPhil degrees and research interests of staff. The brochure should answer many of the questions that you may have.