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Phd/Mphil/MSc Business, Management and Law

Phd/Mphil/MSc Business, Management and Law

Key information

Qualification type

PhD/DPhil - Doctor of Philosophy

Subject areas

Business Studies

Course type


Course Summary


Salford Business School aims to be a first-choice international provider of next-generation business, management and law education and research: developing graduates, managers and leaders in the digitally-connected, complex global knowledge economy who are transformational in thinking, behaviour and practice.

In research we foster a stimulating, aspirational and supportive research environment engaged across disciplines and in line with business, community and public policy needs.

Researchers are involved in projects which probably impact on your everyday life - statisticians helped create the official player rating scores for the Premier League, and they also validate that the National Lottery draw is indeed random.

PhDs and research activity in the School cover a range of areas:

  • Finance, Accounting & Economics: corporate governance, risk management, Islamic Finance, computational finance, critical accounting, green accounting, accounting education, monetary policy, financial economics, forecasting, option pricing and stock markets.
  • Digital Business: social media, philosophy of systems, robotics, cyber security, data protection, digital transport systems, impact of technology on culture, ecommerce, mobile computing, technology and education, digital systems and society.
  • Labour Law and Employment Relations: the political role of Trade Unions across Europe, worker representation, migrant labour, conflict in the workplace, employment tribunals, professional and occupational regulation.
  • People Management: leadership, gender issues, change management, strategic HRM, diversity management, organisational behaviour, sensemaking, identities at work, wellbeing.
  • Law: human rights, international law, environmental law, the interface between international environmental, economic and institutional law, copyright and competition law, legal theory and history of the legal profession.
  • Marketing and Strategy: traditional and contemporary forms of marketing, services marketing, distribution channels, cross cultural issues, political marketing, consumer decision making, innovation and entrepreneurship, market entry, competitive strategy, tourism, events management.
  • Social Business: CSR and ethics, sustainability, social marketing, SME development, affordable housing for communities, education for social enterprise, social cohesion.
  • Operations and Information Management: big data and cloud systems for supply chain, project management, internet of things, lean, process optimisation, new product development, modelling and control of supply chain.
  • Sports Business: sports law and governance, commercial, managerial and geo-political aspects of sport, sponsorship issues, sports economics, ethics and decision making, the design of tournaments, sports and society.

Students can also exit with Mphil/MSC by Research awards.

Different course options

Full time | University of Salford | 3 years | SEP-20

Study mode

Full time


3 years

Start date


Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

You should have a first degree but this could be from a wide range of disciplines not only including the Humanities disciplines but also Science and Engineering. We would not be prescriptive about the methodology you would adopt for your research therefore we consider applicants from a wide range of backgrounds. We would expect you to have a foundation in research methodology, whether qualitative or quantitative. Evidence of ability to study and critically appraise literature independently is essential and candidates with a Masters qualification are preferred. As a student embarking on a postgraduate research degree you will be assigned a supervisory team, to help guide and mentor you throughout your time at the University. However, you are ultimately expected to take responsibility for managing your learning and will be expected to initiate discussions, ask for the help that you need and be proactive in your approach to study.

University information

The University of Salford’s campus is based across three sites, with Peel Park within walking distance of Manchester. More than 3,000 postgraduate students study taught and research degrees each year, contributing to some of Salford’s nationally and internationally-recognised research projects. There are four academic schools at the University of Salford: School of Arts and Media School of Health and Society Salford Business...more