Management PhD

Major code: BLPR


The objective of the programme is to develop an understanding and critical appreciation of alternative approaches, methodologies and paradigms of research in the field of business and management.  In order to achieve this, students will demonstrate independent learning in the production of quality research projects to advance their knowledge and understanding through the use of critical analysis and interpretation.


Subject Overview

Whilst studying a PhD programme, students will be working closely with both their supervisory team and the ULMS academic community. This will ensure that their final submission is a comprehensive thesis within a specified research area and consequently will be able to defend their thesis during their viva voce.   The programme includes the completion of compulsory skills modules which provides students with the opportunity to identify and develop the knowledge, skills, behaviours and personal qualities that all postgraduate researchers should acquire over the course their PhD.  Researchers will be given the opportunity to introduce their research to those outside of their discipline and to discuss this with academics, fellow research students and visitors.

Our many direct links with business, government and other organisations ensure our teaching and research remain relevant to today's – and tomorrow's – needs.

Key Facts

REF 2014
Our Russell Group status means students will be taught by staff who are exploring the cutting edge of their discipline and are highly regarded for their output, internationally.

The Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014) confirmed that the Management School, since its formation in 2002, has emerged rapidly to enter the high echelons of UK Schools of Business and Management Studies. The breadth of activity within the School can be seen in how the research groups and clusters embrace a range of disciplines that are relevant and synergistic to developing a contemporary and distinctive research portfolio.

Our academic staff not only publish in leading scholarly journals but also conduct research programmes for companies and governments worldwide. From the distribution of pharmaceuticals in Africa, through the development of micro-enterprise in India, to the regeneration of Merseyside, our research projects address key issues affecting the world. As a postgraduate student, you can be involved. Our research focuses on growing enterprises, growing innovation and growing communities, around the world and most importantly, in our own region.

Why University of Liverpool Management School?

Research environment

ULMS has a research environment that is conducive to producing research of world-class and international excellence in its originality, significance, rigour and impact. The impact of research at ULMS meets the highest standards of reach and significance, locally and globally.

Make corporate connections

There will be plenty of opportunity to engage with and learn from leading organisations, thanks to our extensive links with businesses and public sector services, locally and across the world. These links are actually highly productive partnerships which might involve pioneering research, technological advances in product and service development, innovative approaches to learning and shared facilities.

Prepare for the workplace

Our aim is to prepare students for the workplace from day one. As a University of Liverpool postgraduate your career prospects will be excellent. 90.4% of all our postgraduates are employed or in further study within 6 months of graduation (DLHE 2007). We will support you with dedicated careers and professional development including one to one coaching on goal setting, CVs, applications, interviews and marketing yourself. There are also group training sessions on career management, networking and leadership. In addition to academic knowledge and skills, we will equip you with the ‘softer’ business skills employers value, such as emotional intelligence, creative thinking and high impact communication.