With more than 40 academic staff, the School of Business and Management is able to supervise across a broad range of topics. There are particular strengths in services marketing, human resources, consumer behaviour, international business, organisational
Doctors of Philosophy in Business in Gloucestershire in United Kingdom. With more than 40 academic staff, the School of Business and Management is able to supervise across a broad range of topics. There are particular strengths in services marketing, human resources, consumer behaviour, international business, organisational behaviour and leadership. We may also be able to offer you effective supervision for cross-disciplinary projects that link to computing, IT applications, accounting and finance, law, education and health.
As a research degree candidate, you are supported by a supervisory team with expertise in your subject and/or research approach. A research degree will open the door to work in full-time research, teaching or provide a greater understanding of professional practice.
The doctoral programme in the Business School was assessed as 'international standard' (RAE, 2008). This strong and active backdrop means that research students - whether full or part-time - join a group of over 100 research candidates involved in pushing forward both new knowledge and professional practice.
To support the early development of your research skills, doctoral candidates are required to undertake the Postgraduate Certificate in Research Methods (the first two modules of the MRes programme). The university and the faculty also offer a range of research training events, research student-led seminars, conferences and summer schools, which will continue your training opportunities throughout your programme. You will also receive updates on opportunities to participate in training offered through other universities and bodies. This rich range of events helps ensure that you gain skills and confidence you need to underpin your research journey.
You are also encouraged to attend national and international academic conferences and, in the latter stages of your research, present your ideas and receive feedback at such events. The university and faculty also foster publication opportunities, where, with the help of your supervisors, you may want to submit journal articles as part of your researcher development.
There are active research centres and groups researching a range of issues including services marketing, consumption and retailing and HR, HRD and leadership.
Some of our recent research completions include: the role of processes, groups and individuals on the practice of innovation; the influence of cultural factors on knowledge sharing within organisations, the use of personality and integrity/honesty assessments as an employee selection tool in high impact SMEs; the process theory of internationalisation and international new venture theory; service recovery and justice theory and exploring working lives through the framework of the psychological contract.
- MRes: you will need at least a 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject area. On successful completion of the MRes you can normally progress to a PhD
- PhD: you will need a Masters degree or equivalent, in a subject area relevant to the proposed research topic
we normally consider applications from candidates from different backgrounds who demonstrate appropriate research experience and achievement
- international students need IELTS 6.5 overall (no less than 6.0 in writing and 5.5 in any other band) or equivalent
Research opportunities in business and management are available for either full or part-time study.
Applications from international students are welcomed and the MRes and PhD programmes currently have candidates from: Bangladesh, China, Cyprus, Libya, Germany, Ghana, Greece, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Lebanon, Nepal, Nigeria, Poland, Saudi Arabia, Switzerland, Thailand, Ukraine, Uruguay, the USA and Venezuela.