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Research opportunities

We offer opportunities to study for a PhD or DBA over three years (full-time) and an MRes in Business and Management over one year.

You can study for these degrees within any of our core research areas.

Take a look at our supervisors' tab on this page for an indication of our areas of expertise.

Find out what our PhD/DBA graduates studied.

Strathclyde Business School

The Strathclyde Business School offers an excellent academic environment where you can pursue your research degree.

While you're studying here as a Business School student, you'll attend the Strathclyde Business School Faculty Research Methodology Programme, at least to Certificate level. If you're studying part-time, you can spread this over two years.

You'll also attend our Annual Away Day for PhD students. This is combined with the Annual Review which is usually held in October/November.

Full-time students

You'll have access to computing, printing, email, and office 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. As well as attending the Research Methodology Programme and maintaining regular contact with your supervisors, you're encouraged to attend departmental seminars and workshops.

Distance learning

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


Pauline Anderson

Skills and jobs; the articulation of the relationship between education/training and work; labour market developments and problems; occupational classification; the green economy.

Thomas Baum

Low skills/service work in the SMART/future city; HRD for the tourism, hospitality and retail sectors.

Kendra Briken

New managerial regimes in the public sector, including police and waste collection; global value and commodity chains, including retail, logistics and security; Union organising in cross national perspective; new technologies and cognitive labour.

Ian Cunningham

Non-profit employment relations; public sector employment relations; union - management partnership arrangements and sickness absence and disability.

Patricia Findlay

Workplace innovation; job quality, skills and learning; industrial relations governance; gender equality.

Brian Garvey

Research areas: labour and global commodity chains; migration and employment in Latin America; social and environmental conflicts and new energy extraction; dynamics of land reform.

Colin Lindsay

Public management reform; public service delivery; governance in public policy; employability and skills; workplace innovation; unemployment and labour market disadvantage; health and incapacity in the labour market; welfare reform; active labour market policies.

Tony McCarthy

Research areas: risk and safety; trust and leadership; retirement and working in later life; armed forces veterans; food health communication; implicit/automatic processing and measurement.

Dennis Nickson

Aesthetic labour; emotional labour; people management issues in the retail and/or hospitality industries; migration and employment.

Pratima Sambajee

Employment, health and well-being in south-south migration, Culture and Organisations, African management systems, Post-colonialism and Management.

Dora Scholarios

Recruitment, assessment and selection; HRM, wellbeing and performance; job quality; graduate employability, skills and careers.

Barbara Simpson

Public leadership, transforming organisations, creative practice, Pragmatism, and immersion or following methodologies.

Philip Taylor

Call or contact centres; offshoring and/or the globalisation of business services; occupational health and safety; work organisation and the labour process; new technology, work and employment; lean working and white collar work; performance management; sickness absence management; trade unions; strikes, disputes and industrial conflict.

Konstantinos Tomazos

Research generates empirical and theoretical knowledge about the temporal dynamics of tourism phenomena and the tourists as consumers of marketized experiences

Ying Zhang

Processes and practices of international collaborations such as joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, strategic alliances, partnerships, and networks; individual and organizational identity; trust; emerging market multinational corporations

Peter McInnes

My research concerns people’s ideas of who they are (i.e. their identity) and the expectations that shape these. Identities – such as leader - can provide a mandate that enables action, but they can constrain unfairly as with issues of gender, age and ethnicity. Identities, however, are often contested, creating interpersonal dynamics within processes such as organizational change, or consultation and engagement. This said, identities are always open ended with responses to new notions - such as ‘innovation’ - and new practices – such as distributed Agile project management – calling on people to reconsider their organizational selves.


Fees & funding


All fees quoted are per academic year unless otherwise stated.

2019/20 entrants may be subject to a small fee during the writing up period.

Scotland/ EU

  • £4,327

Rest of UK

  • £4,327

International students

  • £14,650


Have a look at our scholarship search for any funding opportunities available.

Postgraduate research opportunities

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

The fees shown are annual and may be subject to an increase each year.

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

We look for a first or 2:1 UK Honours degree, or overseas equivalent, from a recognised academic institution, in a social science or related discipline, and/or a relevant Masters degree with distinction.

If English is your first language, or your first degree was communicated in English, there is no special requirement.

If English isn't your first language, you'll need to have an IELTS score of 6.5.

Before you apply

Before you start your online application, we ask that you contact Jean Nelson our departmental secretary, to let us know of your interest.

You'll need to send:

  • a covering letter outlining your areas of interest and how they will contribute to our current research interests
  • a research proposal of around 1,000 words. Please use our Postgraduate Research Proposal Outline.
  • a current CV
  • an indication of your funding arrangements or whether you're looking for a scholarship

If we can find a supervisor for you to work with, then we'll ask you to complete our online application.

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, translated into English where necessary
      • proof of English language proficiency if English isn't your first language
      • two references, one of which must be academic
      • funding or scholarship information

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.

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 transferable skills that'll have a positive impact on your research, now and in the future.

Find out more about the PG Cert RPD programme.

Postgraduate Certificate/Diploma in Research Methodology for Business & Management

Strathclyde Business School students are also offered access to the Faculty Research Methodology Programme, and are required to complete the programme at least to Certificate level.

If you're studying part-time, you can spread this over two years.

Doctoral networks

The Department of Work, Employment & Organisation is a member of several doctoral networks which offer students opportunities to attend training workshops, colloquia and conferences. These include the Scottish Graduate School of Social Science.


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