Research course


University of Glasgow · College of Social Sciences

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Entry requirements

As an applicant for one of our research degrees, you should normally possess a good Master’s degree (or overseas equivalent), with a significant component in Business or Management.

Required documentation

Applicants should submit:
  • Transcripts/degree certificate
  • Two references
  • A research proposal (3000 words maximum)
  • CV
  • Name of potential Supervisor

Guide to writing a research proposal

A PhD is expected to make a significant and original contribution to knowledge. Therefore you need to explain how your research is likely to be original and how it will contribute to your field of study. Your proposal must be convincing and be able to exist as a stand alone document.
A research proposal would normally be around 3,000 words and should be fully referenced throughout using Harvard Referencing Style. It should be clear and concise regarding the core focus and contribution of your research. Your proposal should include:
Working title

Research context and importance of the proposed research

This section should provide the background which outlines what your proposed research is about and what it is you are seeking to discover/achieve. It should be a brief introduction outlining the general area of study and identifying the subject area within which your study falls. You should also refer to the current state of knowledge (i.e. what research has been done to date) and any recent debates on the subject. This section should:
Demonstrate how your research ‘fills a gap’ in existing research (i.e. show that it hasn’t been done before).
(Explain why your research is important – it is not enough to say that this has not been studied previously, you need to explain why it should be studied i.e. why it is interesting/important.
Research aims

Against the background provided above you need to set out the contribution that your research will make in the form of specific aims, research questions or hypotheses.
Research methodology

Here you need to explain how you will obtain the information necessary to write your thesis.

You should provide a very approximate timetable for the research.

Months of entry


Course content

Management is an interdisciplinary field of study drawing on a range of social science subjects including sociology, anthropology, education, political science, economics and social psychology.

Management embraces diverse social science methodological traditions and research methods. Its interdisciplinarity and methodological pluralism position it well to address key contemporary concerns in the area of global economic performance, and new technology, innovation and skills.

The doctoral community in Business and Management requires both core social science research training and pathway-specific support to develop their skill base. The first year training is provided through taught elements.

As a research student you may have the opportunity to become a Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA), delivering tutorials to first and second year undergraduate students and helping with assessment of undergraduate assignments and examinations. Teaching is payable at a University-wide hourly rate and it is anticipated that an active GTA, subject to suitability and availability, should be able to earn up to £1,500 per annum. GTAs undergo compulsory training. Students who are interested in becoming GTAs should apply to the Head of Subject on commencing their PhD studies.

Start dates are set by both the supervisor and the department. As such some PHD options will have fixed start dates (likely January/October) and others have a rolling intake. For more details please contact the relevant department.

Information for international students

Please see the English Language requirements if your first language is not English. Please also see the international page.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    full time
    36-48 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    60-96 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

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