PhD, MRes Work, employment & organisation

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Research opportunities

We offer opportunities to study for a PhD or DBA over three years (full-time).

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.

Distance learning

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

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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
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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.

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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

Students are responsible for the cost associated with printing and binding one copy of their final PhD thesis (approx £50). 


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.

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

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NameAreas of expertise
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
  • 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 
  • 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.

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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 PgCert 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 you're 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.

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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Meet our students

PhD student Fotis

Fotis Mitsakis

Being a PhD student here allows me to be exposed to excellent research opportunities. Administrative staff are always available and ready to provide constructive help and advice with any issue, while academics, and more precisely my supervisor, constantly provide support and valuable guidance. I feel very honoured to be part of Strathclyde’s academic community.
PGR student laura

Laura Dougan

Although knowledge and guidance from academic staff is vital when undertaking a PhD, for me, one of the most valuable things about being a student here is the support from other students. This comes not only in the form of student-led seminars where you can share ideas and get feedback on your work, but also in more informal, social settings outside of the department.
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Chandrima Roy

I find the standards of research, learning and intellectual rigour in the PhD programme to be quite high. The comprehensive feedback, support and encouragement that I've received all along from my supervisors has been amazing! It's instilled a sense of confidence in my research and has kept me focused so far.
PhD student Andrew Clark

Andy Clark

Academic staff here take a substantial interest in the work being conducted by postgraduate researchers and offer any assistance required. This is complemented by a range of activities, including all-PhD seminar meetings and an annual PhD away day which encourage a research community atmosphere where everyone takes an interest in each others work, leading to stimulating discussion.

Interested in undertaking a postgraduate research degree at Strathclyde?

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

How to apply

International students

We've a thriving international community with students coming here to study from over 100 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

You require a first-class or upper second-class 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 isn't your first language, you'll need to have an IELTS score of 6.5. If English is your first language, or your first degree was communicated in English, there is no special requirement.

Before you apply

Before you start your online application we ask that you email to let us know of your interest.

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. 

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 and attach this with your application
  • 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

When 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

Department of Work, Employment & Organisation

Telephone: +44 (0)141 548 3287


Department of Work, Employment & Organisation, Strathclyde Business School
University of Strathclyde, 199 Cathedral Street
G4 0QU