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Key information

Qualification type

PhD/DPhil - Doctor of Philosophy

Subject areas

Management Of Change & Innovation Business Information Systems Information Management

Course type


Course Summary

This PhD programme will prepare you for a range of careers in universities and other research institutions around the world, as well as government organisations and multinational corporations. You will systematically research the role of digital technologies, how information is standardised from a technological viewpoint, and how technology is being applied in the workplace today. You also will learn to define problems and research questions, collect and analyse data, and bring empirical observations to bear on the development of theory. The programme includes a comprehensive range of methodological training and seminars in specific research areas and you will also have the opportunity to specialise in a designated field. This multidisciplinary track also draws on the core field of information systems and a great range of social science disciplines. We seek to recruit exceptional PhD candidates who are familiar with social theories and knowledge of information systems, digital innovation and management, and who have the motivation to conduct high quality research.

Research conducted within in this PhD track is predominantly qualitative in nature. It aims to provide a rich account of how technologies are introduced as the agents of organisational and social change in real socio-economic contexts. Quantitative skills are useful as far as they serve the goals of qualitative research, and can be meaningfully integrated with the interpretive research tradition. Students who successfully complete the programme often embark on careers in academia with top universities such as UCL, Copenhagen Business School and California State University. Recent doctoral graduates have also gone into careers at companies such as JP Morgan, EY and McKinsey.

Different course options

Study mode

Full time


4 years

Start date



The course introduces the foundations of social research and the key issues concerning the status of knowledge and the forms by which it is acquired. The course deals with the principal paradigms/traditions in the philosophy of science and epistemology and the answers they have provided to the basic questions concerning the status of knowledge claims and the forms by which valid knowledge claims can be made.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

PhD (Years 1 - 3); PhD (exceptional registration beyond the fourth year): £4,366.

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

PhD (Years 1 - 3); PhD (exceptional registration beyond the fourth year): £18,624.

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students need to have a Upper second class honours (2:1) degree in any discipline, or the equivalent.