For entry onto our postgraduate research programmes, we normally look for a first-class or upper second-class UK Honours degree, or overseas equivalent, in a relevant business or social science related subject. For applications for MPhil and PhD study in Economics we also normally expect a Masters degree in Economics, or overseas equivalent, that includes core classes in Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Econometrics and a dissertation or research project. When reviewing your academic achievements, we're particularly interested in grades which relate to independent research (for example, your research project or dissertation). A strong score in these elements may allow us to consider entry with a lower degree classification.
Strathclyde Business School is committed to supporting a diverse and inclusive postgraduate research population. We make decisions on entry by assessing the whole person and not relying solely on academic achievements. On that basis, please ensure that your application (via your CV and covering letter) can evidence your resourcefulness, commitment and resilience as demonstrated by broader professional and life experiences. This evidence should be centred on your ability to undertake and complete a PhD and contribute to a positive PhD community.
You can prove your knowledge of English by:
- Passing a Secure English Language Test from our list of accepted providers with an IELTS (or equivalent) score of 6.5, with no individual element below 5.5.
- We will also consider evidence of prior study using English as the medium of instruction, if this study was in the last five years.
During the application you'll be asked for the following:
- your full contact details
- academic transcripts for both your degrees which clearly show the modules studied and the grades gained for each module
- proof of English language proficiency if English isn't your first language
- two references, one of which must be academic – the references should focus on your academic and research skills, as well as your suitability to undertake PhD level study
- funding or scholarship information
- research proposal of around 1500 words in length, detailing the subject area and topic to be investigated; please use our guidance below and attach this with your application (not required for MRes applications)
By filling these details out as fully as possible, you'll avoid any delay to your application being processed by the University.
Before you apply
Before finalising your formal application, we can give you some help and guidance on refining your proposal.
Get in touch with a potential supervisor early in the process, preferably as soon as you've put together a draft proposal. You can find some information about our supervisors and their research interests under the 'Supervisors' tab.
Writing your research proposal
When preparing your research proposal please use the following template:
1. Working title
2. Layman’s summary of proposed research [max. 250 words]
Give us a brief summary of your proposed research project written for members of the public, rather than researchers or professionals. Why is this research important? What global/societal issues does it solve? What impact could it have on business and management in the future.
3. Research aim and objectives (or question(s)) [max. 500 words]
What’s the question you want to answer? How will you attempt to answer this question?
4. Literature review [max. 500 words]
Provide a brief overview of relevant literature to indicate any debates the research aims to engage with; any gaps or problems that have been identified; or what models the project hopes to explore or test.
5. Methodology [max. 300 words]
Provide an outline of the proposed research methodology.
6. Timeline [max. 300 words]
A PhD is 36 months minimum study (full time). In 6 months increments, indicate what you think the main activities will be. This is important as we need to assess the achievability of your proposal. This should be presented in tabular format.
Please use Harvard referencing throughout.
- please use Times New Roman 12 pt font
- 1.5 line spacing
- 2.5cm margin all round
- hard return between paragraphs
Getting a reference
We've put together some guidance to help you when obtaining your references.
It's important that you find a good match between your research interest and your potential supervisor. When you've identified a potential supervisor, based on how well your research interests match theirs, send them an email to introduce yourself. Make sure you attach a draft of your research proposal along with a copy of your CV. Don't worry about how rough your research proposal may be at this stage – you'll have help from the Department to refine it.
If your chosen supervisor is available to work with you, they'll confirm this and nominate a potential second supervisor. As soon as a second supervisor is confirmed, an offer of study will be sent to you through Pegasus, our online application system.
When you accept our offer, you'll receive 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 have notified you of in your offer letter.
UK or EU students
If you're applying as a Scottish, UK or EU student, you'll then be issued with your registration documentation.