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Research opportunities

You can study an MPhil over the course of one year and a PhD over three years.

Research degrees are offered in topics which match the interests and expertise of our staff and depend on staff availability. Please email sbs-pgradmissions@strath.ac.uk for more information.

Master of Philosophy (MPhil)

This qualification requires a minimum of 12 months full-time study or 21 months part-time.

You're required to follow an approved scheme of research and coursework and to submit a thesis based on this work. This may include original research, a critical review of existing knowledge or a combination of both.

Doctoral studies (PhD)

Full-time study for a doctoral degree normally lasts a minimum of three years. A part-time option is available. The minimum period of part-time study is set according to how much time you're able to devote to study.

You'll complete a programme of coursework and submit a thesis with the results of your research. It must make a "distinct contribution to knowledge". There's also a viva oral examination.

Research areas

We have a flourishing community of around 40 research students in the department. Our students come from many different countries and work on a variety of topics. All full-time research students (and some part-time students):

  • have full access to computing facilities, email and internet
  • undertake a research methodology course during their first year

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

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.

Find out more about our research community.

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Digital technologies for Resilient & Sustainable Infrastructures

The PhD student will work closely with our industrial partners to develop innovative digital tools and methodologies for improving the resilience and sustainability of critical infrastructure. These will include but not limited to the development of: mathematical models to address the performance of critical functions and critical hazards; new uncertainty methods with quantifiable confidence; fast simulation tools based on machine learning and engineering-physics based automatic learning.

Deadline:

Funding:

unfunded

Household Decarbonisation

This PhD addresses the economic issues related to the decarbonisation of households in the net zero transition. Household decarbonisation is a massive investment project which is expected to come at significant upfront cost, which will either need to be borne by either individuals or governments. This project will focus on the economic activity arising from investment in household decarbonisation along with the policy possible interventions available to maximise societal welfare.

Deadline:

3 April 2024

Funding:

funded


Advancing Support Employment approaches for individuals with learning disabilities, autism or other complex support needs

Supported Employment is a voluntary, person-centred model of employment support for individuals with learning disabilities, autism or other complex support needs that is rooted in values and evidence. It’s an important part of the UK’s employment support offer and current policy conversation and this PhD project with the is positioned amongst key policy stakeholders and academic expertise to deliver valuable new learnings as well as significant impacts on policy and practice.

Deadline:

3 April 2024

Funding:

funded


Sorry we missed you: The unheard voices of parcel delivery workers

This project aims to advance understanding of the contemporary lives of parcel delivery workers. Despite attracting regular attention in the media regarding poor working conditions – including precarity, low pay, surveillance and limited employment rights – such workers have received limited attention in the extant voice and silence literature. Empirical evidence therefore remains very limited. The project will therefore advance understanding of the working lives of parcel delivery workers.

Deadline:

3 April 2024

Funding:

funded



Explainable AI for decision-making under uncertainty

The project aims to bridge the gap between complex AI models and transparent decision-making in uncertain scenarios. In various fields, AI-driven systems are becoming integral for making critical decisions, yet the opacity of their inner workings poses challenges for understanding and trusting the decisions they produce, particularly in uncertain or ambiguous contexts. This project seeks to develop a framework that enhances the explainability of AI models in such scenarios.

Deadline:

Funding:

unfunded

Integration of expert judgement into data science for risk evaluation and informative decision analytics

The project aims to enhance the precision and robustness of risk assessment processes by synergizing domain expertise with data-driven methodologies. In numerous contexts, accurate risk evaluation is crucial for effective decision-making, yet it often involves uncertain or incomplete data. This project seeks to develop a holistic framework that seamlessly incorporates expert judgement into data science workflows, thus enriching the analytical process and refining risk estimates.

Deadline:

Funding:

unfunded

Expert elicitation for health and care decision-making

Decision-making in healthcare and healthcare policy typically requires sound data and an understanding of causal mechanisms, yet it grapples with data insufficiency, biases, limited knowledge of causal mechanisms, and demand for swift decisions. Stakeholders often rely on expert opinions and assumptions for guidance, bypassing scientific methodologies. This PhD program aims to bridge these gaps by developing and applying scientific methods that integrate expert input and decision modelling.

Deadline:

Funding:

unfunded

Policy implementation in global health

What are the conditions that allow for successful implementation, at scale, of proven global health interventions? What are the barriers to and blockers of implementation and how can they be addressed and overcome? What are the recognized (and unrecognized) success stories in global health, and what can we learn from past successes? Policy implementation science has advanced to the point where descriptive explanations are no longer enough, and prescriptive norms can identified and generalized.

Deadline:

Funding:

unfunded


A Hybrid Simulation Approach for Planning a Sustainable Model of Personalised Home Care

This PhD is an exciting opportunity to develop and use cutting-edge systems simulation modelling in tackling the complex challenges in health and social care. The focus of this project is on understanding how personalised, technology-facilitated home care can efficiently meet the current and future demands of health and social care for older adults. Systems simulation modelling has lacked a coherent theory for incorporating health-related behaviour—an aspect crucial to addressing this topic.

Deadline:

3 April 2024

Funding:

funded

Investigating GenAI as a tool to support complex and long-term decision-making

This project will investigate generative AI as a tool to support decision-making in the context of complex and uncertain combinations of future events. Specifically, the project will investigate decisions relating to technology selection -- providing analytical evidence to engineering managers regarding comparative performance and costs of technology options under future scenarios.

Deadline:

3 April 2024

Funding:

funded


Smart and fair? The (in)justices of smart, low-carbon energy solutions for UK homes

Affordable smart low-carbon solutions therefore need to be implemented more swiftly, and at greater scale, if the UK is to achieve net-zero. Where progress is being made, it is often higher-income, owner occupier households that are driving adoption and enjoying the reductions in bills they afford. This PhD examines where (in)justices currently reside in the UK’s deployment of smart, low-carbon solutions, and the underpinning factors responsible for these.

Deadline:

3 April 2024

Funding:

funded

John Anderson Research Studentship Scheme (JARSS)

John Anderson Research Studentship Scheme (JARSS) doctoral studentships are available annually for excellent students and excellent research projects.

There are two main sources of funding:

  • Central University funding
  • Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council - Doctoral Training Partnership (EPSRC - DTP) funding.

The JARSS 2023/2024 competition will open in October 2023 and students successful in this competition will commence studies in October 2024. Faculties will set their own internal deadlines for the competition.

Academics/Supervisors make the applications for this scheme and there are various deadlines across the Department and Faculties, therefore, in the first instance, all interested students should contact the Department where they would like to carry out their research.

Deadline:

Funding:

Funded

EPSRC Doctoral Prize 2024

We are pleased to announce a call for the EPSRC Doctoral Prize funded by the University's EPSRC Doctoral Training Partnership grant.  The prize funds a 1-year salary for an outstanding researcher to support the further development of their research activities following completion of PhD studies and help them launch a career in research.  Candidates must have had EPSRC funding for their PhD/EngD programme and must have successfully completed their PhD viva voce exam and submitted the final version of the thesis by the start of the Doctoral Prize project (approximately between May and October 2024).

Deadline:

6 March 2024

Funding:

Funded

THE Awards 2019: UK University of the Year Winner

Strathclyde Business School

We offer an excellent academic environment where you can pursue your research degree. As a postgraduate research student, you're required to:

  • attend the Strathclyde Business School Faculty Research Methodology Programme, achieving a minimum of Certificate level; it comprises 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/hot-desking, printing, email and kitchen facilities. You're expected to be in the Department 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-desking facilities giving you regular access to the Department and helping you integrate with other students and staff. You're required to attend the Department for at least 10 days per year. This is in addition to the Research Methodology Programme. 

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

What our students think

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.

Find out more about the Doctoral School

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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.

Fees may be subject to updates to maintain accuracy. Tuition fees will be notified in your offer letter.

All fees are in £ sterling, unless otherwise stated, and may be subject to revision.

Annual revision of fees

Students on programmes of study of more than one year should be aware that tuition fees are revised annually and may increase in subsequent years of study. Annual increases will generally reflect UK inflation rates and increases to programme delivery costs.

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Scotland
  • 2024/25: TBC
  • 2023/24: £4,712
England, Wales & Northern Ireland
  • 2024/25: TBC
  • 2023/24: £4,712
International

£19,600

Funding

Take a look at our funding your postgraduate research web page for funding information.

You can also view our scholarships search for further funding opportunities.

 

 

Postgraduate research opportunities

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Additional costs
Placements & field trips

The cost of fieldwork or research trips would usually be met by the student. Students can apply for funding to cover conference participation.

Study abroad

If a student chooses to study overseas, the costs would be met by the student. This is not a requirement for our programme.

International students

International students may have associated visa and immigration costs. Please see student visa guidance for more information.

 

Additional costs

Graduation gown hire.

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

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Support & development

Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert) in Research Methodology for Business & Management

As part of your PhD degree, you'll be enrolled on the Postgraduate Certificate in Research Methodology for Business and Management. 

This certificate is designed to support you by developing your skills as a researcher. Your researcher training will provide you with the intellectual foundations that you will need for your journey into either the higher-level learning needed for advanced postgraduate research degrees or to work in a range of research focussed roles within organisational settings.

Course highlights:

  • course can be studied as a blended or fully online programme depending on your circumstances
  • course is ideally suited to part-time students juggling studies with other work
  • strong practical focus including training in software and advanced quantitative and qualitative methods
  • rich and diverse learning environment where you will study with students from around the world and studying a range of postgraduate research degrees
  • opportunity to learn from academics who are leaders in their field and working at the cutting edge of business research

Most students complete the PgCert in their first year but you can take courses throughout your degree.

Careers

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.

International students

We've a thriving international community with students coming here to study from over 140 countries across the world. Find out all you need to know about studying in Glasgow at Strathclyde and hear from students about their experiences.

Visit our international students' section

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Entry requirements

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 PhD applications, we also normally expect a Masters degree, or overseas equivalent, although there are often exceptions. When reviewing your academic achievements, we're particularly interested in grades which relate to independent research (for example, a 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.

Before you apply

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.

6. References

Please use Harvard referencing throughout.

Notes:
  • please use Times New Roman 12 pt font
  • 1.5 line spacing
  • 2.5cm margin all round
  • hard return between paragraphs

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 copy of an up-to-date CV
  • academic transcripts for both your degrees which clearly show the modules studied and the grades gained for each module’
  • 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 – 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, clearly demonstrating the potential contribution both in theory and practice; please use our guidance above and attach this 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. Incomplete applications will be returned to applicants.

Supervisors

If you're interested in studying for a research degree we recommend that you identify members of staff with relevant expertise before applying. You should email the member of staff to chat about the potential for supervision, explaining how your proposed research topic relates to their research interests.

To get a sense of staff members' research interests, you could take a look at our staff profile pages. Reading the research papers listed on their profile pages is a good way to get a better understanding of their interests.

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 of study, 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 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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Email: sbs-pgradmissions@strath.ac.uk