PhD Entrepreneurship

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Course structure

Year 1

In your first year, you'll need to take a number of classes offered through our Business & Management (MBM) course.

If you already have postgraduate training in business or social science research methods, you'll be expected to earn a Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert) in Business & Management before you can progress to the PhD.

If you don't have any postgraduate training in business or social science research methods, you'll need to gain a Masters of Research (MRes) in Business & Management before you can progress to the PhD.

These classes provide research training in accordance with the Economic & Social Research Council's (ESRC) guidelines.

You'll also participate in an Entrepreneurship Research class as part of your research methods training. This class introduces you to the breadth of entrepreneurship research.

Years 2 & 3

This is where you'll actively pursue your individual research project with support from your supervisors.

You'll be evaluated every six months and when your thesis is complete, it'll be evaluated by an internal examiner from our department along with an external examiner from another university before you defend it to your VIVA committee.

Every January or February, you'll also be required to present at our Entrepreneurship Research Conference.

You're encouraged to submit your research for presentation at national and international research conferences too, along with taking part in doctoral training workshops.

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With the launch of the Doctoral School at Strathclyde, there's even more support in place for PhD students, which is fantastic. I feel really connected to my PhD community and always know there's someone there to talk to.
Amy Hyslop
PhD student
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Fees & funding

All fees quoted are per academic year unless otherwise stated.

Entrants may be subject to a small fee during the writing up period.

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Additional costs
Course materials

Students are required to cover the cost of binding their thesis. Also, they may need to purchase books for research.

Placements & field trips

Students can apply for the department or supervisor to fund conference participation.

Other costs

Along with possible travel costs and binding, there may be other data collection and preparation costs. Some also elect to have transcription done professionally and those doing paper surveys, especially in hard to reach sections of developing countries, may sometimes need to pay local research assistants to help with that. At the end, most students, including native English speakers pay for professional proofreading as well.


You can find any funding opportunities on our scholarship search.

Postgraduate research opportunities

Search for all funded and non-funded postgraduate research opportunities.

Please note: the fees shown are annual and may be subject to an increase each year.

Postgraduate research at the Strathclyde Doctoral School

The Strathclyde Doctoral School provides a vibrant and comprehensive student-centred research and training environment in order to grow and support current and future research talent. The School encompasses our four faculties and is committed to enriching the student experience, intensifying research outputs and opportunities, and ensuring training is at the highest level. As a postgraduate researcher, you'll automatically become a member of the Strathclyde Doctoral School.

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Supervisors are assigned to you by the Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship.

Please let us know which two supervisors you'd like to work with, but the department will team you up with whoever's best to support your research.

Once we've received your application, your research proposal is passed to potential supervisors for consideration. If your chosen supervisor is available to work with you, they will 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.

If you accept our offer, you'll receive a full offer in writing via the email address you provide.

NameArea of expertise
Nigel Lockett
  • Academic entrepreneurship
  • Entrepreneurial learning and the use of CRM technologies by SMEs.
  • Co-Investigator on the £7m GCRF RECIRCULATE project: 'Driving eco-innovation in Africa: capacity-building for a safe, circular water economy'

Aylin Ates

  • Strategic management
  • Performance management
  • Manufacturing ecosystems mainly in small and medium enterprise context

Iain Cairns

  • Democratic businesses and the financial arrangements to support their establishment and development.

Lucrezia Casulli

  • International Entrepreneurship
  • Internationalisation of firms
  • Cognitive processes in entrepreneurs
  • Entrepreneurial mindset

Sarah Dodd

  • Impact of socio-cultural factors on the nature, quality and quantity of entrepreneurship, including socio-economic marginality, social ties, religion, politics, and the family
  • A special interest in alternative, or inclusive, small business start-up and growth, and current field work explores punk rock, craft beer, and social enterprise
  • Also studied social capital and networking, growth strategies, family business, entrepreneurship education, and cross-cultural conceptualizations of the entrepreneur. An additional research stream includes the relationships between theology, religion and entrepreneurship

Abdullah Gok

  • Innovation management/policy
  • Science policy
  • Enterprise policy
  • Social innovation and data science approaches to study science, innovation and entrepreneurship

Matthew Hannon

  • Examines the policy and market conditions necessary to accelerate low-carbon energy technology and business model innovation

Paul Lassalle

  • Migrant and Minority Entrepreneurship
  • Contextualised entrepreneurship
  • Internationalising ventures
  • Entrepreneurial Ecosystems
  • Opportunity creation
  • Diversity in Entrepreneurship

Dave Mackay

  • Processes, practices and pathologies of strategy and innovation
  • Use of technology and platform approaches to support strategy and innovation activities
  • Dynamic capabilities at an organisational and managerial level
  • Strategic management of digital transformation (at the interface of digital disruption, digital maturity and digital innovation initiatives)

Dilshod Makhmadshoev

  • Institutional theory, comparative institutionalism, institutional voids
  • SME and MNE internationalisation, international entrepreneurship
  • SME and entrepreneurship development in transition and emerging economies
  • Global value chains and development

Russell Matthews

  • Technology and innovation-driven business models within young growth-oriented ventures

Peter McKiernan

  • How organisations learn about how their future might unfold and how they might prepare their current strategies to cope

Suzanne Mawson

  • Entrepreneurship, specifically business growth and development in the context of young ventures and SMEs
  • High growth/scale-up entrepreneurship, including the nature and processes of growth in these firms, their support requirements (financial and otherwise) and the wider public policy context and support mechanisms designed for high growth firms/scale-ups (high growth entrepreneurship policy)
  • Interested in wider issues related to business growth including the role of entrepreneurial financing; the effect of changes in ownership structure and business models; the drivers of transnational entrepreneurial migration to entrepreneurial ecosystems for accelerated growth; the development and impact of business accelerator programmes at both firm and economy levels; and firm start-up and growth ambitions amongst refugees and economic migrants

Samuel Mwaura

  • Enterprise/ SME Finance
  • Inclusive Entrepreneurship (Diversity, minority, women's entrepreneurship)
  • Innovation
  • SME performance/ growth
  • Link between entrepreneurship and households
  • Entrepreneurial ecosystems
  • SME Clusters and local/ regional economic development policy
  • Entrepreneurship in developing country contexts

Katerina Nicolopoulou

  • Social, Diversity and Sustainability aspects of Entrepreneurship
  • Social Innovation for social and economic growth
  • Entrepreneurial Ecosystems in the context of emerging economies
  • The concept of Cosmopolitanism as a disposition for addressing Global Challenges and Entrepreneurship

Kevin Page

  • Digital transformation
  • Leadership development
  • Leading strategic change
  • The social processes of strategy making

Sreevas Sahasranamam

  • The role of institutional factors on entrepreneurship and innovation. In terms of context, focus either on emerging markets or consider cross-country comparisons. 

Eleanor Shaw

  • Entrepreneurial capital, creative industries, entrepreneurial diversity and firm growth
  • Engaged research which is of value to teaching, engagement with small and entrepreneurial firms and relevant to informing the development of economic and social policy in the areas of enterprise, innovation and creativity

Emilee Simmons

  • Pedagogy - active learning, blened learning, teambased and problem-based learning
  • Business Development and Growth - particularly in Social Enterprise and sustainable business growth

Marisa Smith

  • Innovation 
  • High Value Manufacturing 

Anna Spadavecchia

  • The fields of Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management, and Innovation from a regional perspective

Veselina Stoyanova

  • Issues of organisational change, strategic development and adaptation during times of uncertainty and complexity (e.g. financial crises, changing political or market landscapes)
  • How organisational practices and processes evolve, settle and change by focusing on their constituting micro-foundations
  • Sustainability in emerging markets in particular looking at the evolution of sustainability in SMEs in the wine industry in Bulgaria and the role sustainable practices have on companies’

Efstathios Tapinos

  • Strategy Process
  • Foresight
  • Perceived Uncertainty
  • Scenario Planning
  • Strategy Tools
  • Sensemaking

Bernd Wurth

  • Entrepreneurial ecosystems and the context for productive entrepreneurship 
  • Entrepreneurial economies, structural changes, and regional development
  • Networks and how they manifest themselves in institutions and culture
  • Entrepreneurial universities as gatekeepers and anchor organisations
  • Transformative innovations and scale-ups
  • Learning, collaboration, and information flows in complex social systems
  • Modelling complex systems using system dynamics, agent-based modelling, GIS, and network science 
  • Methodological innovation around complex events for modelling emergent behaviour


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Support & development

Postgraduate Certificate in Researcher Professional Development (PgCert RPD)

As part of your PhD degree, you'll be enrolled on the Postgraduate Certificate in Researcher Professional Development (PgCert RPD). 

This certificate is designed to support you with your research and rewards you for things you'll do as a research student here.

It'll help you improve skills which are important to professional development and employability:

  • knowledge and intellectual abilities to conduct your research
  • personal qualities to succeed in your research and chosen career
  • standards, requirements and conduct of a professional researcher in your discipline
  • working with others and communicating the impact of your research to a wide range of audiences

All you have to do is plan these activities alongside your doctorate, documenting and reflecting your journey to success along the way.

Find out more about the PgCert RPD programme.


The University Careers Service can help you with everything from writing your CV to interview preparation.

Student support

From financial advice to our IT facilities, we have a wide range of support for all students here at Strathclyde. Get all the information you need at Strathlife.

Our research

Our research develops a stronger understanding of how entrepreneurs can better create new value for business and society. 

Taking part in national and international research groups help to ensure that our research is evidence-based, useful, and impactful for business leaders and policymakers. The Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship based at the University has long provided national and international leadership in these research and practice fields.

Find out more about our research

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Interested in undertaking a postgraduate research degree at Strathclyde?

Read our step-by-step guide on how to submit your application.

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Entry requirements

Normally a first-class or upper second-class UK Honours degree, or overseas equivalent, from a recognised academic institution, or a Masters degree in business or a related area of social science.

If English isn't your first language, you'll need to have one of the following:

  • IELTS score of 6.5
  • computer-based score of 250
  • internet-based score of 100

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
  • a cover letter explaining how we can add value to your proposed research and how you can bring value to us along with your future career aspirations
  • a copy of an up-to-date CV
  • transcripts and certificates of all degrees
  • proof of English language proficiency, less than two years old, if English isn't your first language
  • two references, one of which must be academic
  • funding or scholarship information
  • research proposal of 250-1,000 words in length, detailing the subject area and topic to be investigated; please use our Postgraduate Research Proposal Outline and attach it with your application

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

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

If you're applying as a UK or EU student, you'll then be issued with your registration documentation.

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Contact us

Anna Spadavecchia

Director of Postgraduate Research