Management PhD / MPhil

Our investment in an excellent research environment and a flourishing cohort of PhD researchers coupled with our refreshingly interdisciplinary focus put the Management School at the forefront of academic research, making a difference to our many local, national and international partners.

Why study with us?

I am thankful for all the learning and experiences as it has equipped me in facing various challenges and opportunities presented within as well as outside of academia. Most importantly I have been, and continue to be, surrounded by inspirational individuals and a motivating community whose interests are to see me grow and develop.

Mary Joy Baloyo - Management PhD student
  • 2002

    the REF confirmed that the Management School, since its formation in 2002, has emerged rapidly to enter the high echelons of UK Schools of Business.

  • 90.4%

    of all our postgraduates are employed or in further study within 6 months of graduation (DLHE 2007).

  • 160

    international experts shape world-class academic thought and make a direct impact on a wide range of organisations.

Overview

The University of Liverpool Management School offers you the chance to explore your own ideas through our postgraduate research programmes. We provide a stimulating student experience combined with thought provoking advice from our academic staff and believe that postgraduate students are a vital part of the research environment of the School.

Research in the Management School is driven both by theory and making its mark on businesses, industries, policies and practice. 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.

Our research interests

We particularly welcome research proposals that match those of our researchers, including:

  • Operations Management and Logistics
  • Organisational Behaviour and Human Resources
  • Knowledge, Learning and Education
  • Strategy, International Business, Governance, Risk & Crisis
  • Small Businesses, Entrepreneurship and Innovation 
  • Public Sector and Health
  • Management, Business History
  • Marketing and Consumption
  • Sustainability, Developmental Studies, Charities and Austerity
  • Sports Management.

Research themes

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.

Facilities

At your Management School Induction you will be shown the ‘Hot Desk’ working environment, exclusively for use by postgraduate research students. As you progress through the programme, you will be allocated a space in a shared Postgraduate Student Office within the ULMS Doctoral Suite or Mulberry Court.

ULMS has two dedicated computer suites located on the Ground floor of the building (Management School: Grove):

  • The McKenzie Trading Room offers 40 PCs with Bloomberg access. Each PC has a dual monitor and a Bloomberg keyboard
  • The Grove Wing Computer Room has 28 PCs running the standard University of Liverpool Network. 
  • DataStream is available on one PC in the PGR Hot Desk Room, and on three PCs within the Grove Wing Computer Room.
  • Local printing/photocopying/scanning facilities.

Research groups

Research Centres

Research Centres develop the School's contribution to established themes with a strong focus on applying ideas through funding and impact related work. The School currently hosts three:

• Centre for Entrepreneurship
• Centre for Supply Chain Research
• Centre for Sports Business

Research Clusters

Research Clusters are grass-roots driven and interdisciplinary, focussing on the development of new theoretical and empirical work, typically at the early stages of the knowledge production/impact cycle. The Management School currently hosts two Research Clusters:

• Econometrics and Business Statistics
• Organisational and Employee Well-being


Study options and fees


MPhil / PhD Duration Home/EU Students International Students
Full time 2-4 years £4,407* (2020) £23,650* ^ (lab based programmes)
£18,000* (non Lab based programmes) (2020).
Part time 4-6 years £2,204* (2020) £11,825* (lab based programmes) £9,000* (non Lab based programmes) (2020)

*This fees excludes potential research support fees also known as ‘bench fees. You will be notified of any fee which may apply in your offer letter.

^Self funded full time international students studying a lab based programme will receive a £2,000 reduction in their fees for the first year only.


Entry requirements

Applications are welcomed and will be considered in our highly competitive programme from well qualified graduates who would typically hold a UK first degree or equivalent in the first or 2:1 class, in a relevant subject.

Applications are welcomed and will be considered in our highly competitive programme from well qualified graduates who would typically hold a UK first degree or equivalent in the first or 2:1 class, in a relevant subject.

We welcome applications from around the world. You should ensure that your qualifications are equivalent to those required to study for this research degree. See our guidance on international qualifications.

You must also have reached a minimum standard of English and be able to provide evidence of this. See our English language requirements for international students.


How to apply

Research degree applications can be made online.  You'll also need to ensure that you have funding to cover all fees.

Applications are open all year round.

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