Study mode:On campus Study type:Full-time Languages: English
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149 place StudyQA ranking:2920 Duration:36 months

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Built on strong and broad foundations in management knowledge, our research focuses on the real challenges faced by managers across the business spectrum.

The Department of Management is a diverse and dynamic hub of thinking with over 40 active researchers. We teach courses at both undergraduate and graduate levels in the main management fields of strategy, organisational behavior, leadership, HRM, entrepreneurship, public management, operations, and international business.

Our teaching and research are closely linked and we cover areas that are relevant to organisations and managers at various stages of development, from small start-ups to large multi-national firms. We link closely with the business community, public and voluntary organisations to ensure our work both informs and responds to the dynamic world of management.



Whatever your area of specialism, the PhD programme is three years full-time or six years part-time. During that time, you’ll have two supervisors who are experts in your area of study.

By the end of your research period, you’ll complete a thesis of up to 100,000 words, the aim of which is to demonstrate your capacity to pursue scholarly research independently. It must make an original contribution to knowledge and be of a standard appropriate for publication in a high quality, peer-reviewed academic journal of international standing. It’s usual for a PhD thesis to contain the equivalent of at least three articles which are eligible for publication in such a journal.

Once you’ve submitted your thesis and it has been read by two examiners, you’ll take an oral examination or 'viva' during which you’ll be expected to show mastery of your topic.

Space to study

We’ve created an excellent setting for both individual and group study, including ergonomically-designed work areas connected to modern IT infrastructure, a dedicated doctoral research area and comfortable research lounge.

Vast range of resources

The Business School library houses extensive specialist loan and reference collections of business, finance and management books; doctoral, MBA and Masters dissertations; a complete collection of Business School working papers and offers access to over 10,000 journals online.

Using library subscriptions you’ll be able to access up-to-date journal, financial and market research information, from sources such as FAME, Mintel, IMID, European Business asap and Pro-Quest. There’s also a wide range of information available via online databases, including: Emerald, Mintel, Lexis-Nexis, Reuter's Business Insight, IMF Statistical Service Online.

In addition, you’ll have access to Durham University’s prestigious libraries, archives and museums. These facilities are internationally renowned and provide excellent resources for postgraduate study in the humanities, social science and science.

Comprehensive IT facilities

Durham University’s IT service offers access to everything you’d expect to find in a leading business school including: Computer Centre open 24/7, fully IT-integrated classrooms, dedicated IT helpdesk and DUO – the University’s virtual learning environment. You’ll also have access to the IT facilities provided by your college.

Experimental research laboratory

Our new high-specification lab features the latest equipment and systems for virtual reality and immersive environment testing. This includes voice and eye tracking and other biometric analysis, as well as high-tech fixed and mobile observation.

Facilities include a large lab room with 13 cubicles (including one wheelchair-accessible), a soundproof room enabling observation during small group interactions or single-candidate interviews, and cameras to facilitate facial recognition experiments, and a seminar room with full observation and two-way communication facilities.

Researcher Training Programme

Postgraduate study is demanding. To succeed, you need a clear understanding of your discipline and how you’d like to contribute to it. Whatever your chosen field, you’ll require research skills, particularly research method skills, and a wider range of personal transferable skills. That’s why our Researcher Development Programme is designed to get you off to a good start and continue to support you throughout your studies.

The programme is open to all students registered for higher degrees by thesis and provides training intended to complement the discipline-specific training offered by the Business School. The skills you’ll acquire will not only help your research at Durham, but also enhance your employability.

The Programme is made up of a series of courses, online study and developmental opportunities throughout the year. You’ll begin with a thorough online needs assessment, with the support of your supervisor, to allow you to plan your training activities. This is reviewed as you progress through your studies to ensure you are being offered the best development opportunities to enhance your career.

Workshops and courses cover:

  • Research skills and techniques
  • The research environment
  • Research management
  • Personal effectiveness
  • Communication skills
  • Networking and teamworking
  • Career management.


Our People

  • Peter Allen, Senior Teaching Fellow/Director of Executive MBA
  • Paul Burrows, Teaching Fellow in Management
  • Glenn Carroll, Professor in Organisational Behaviour
  • Tim Clark, Professor of Organisational Behaviour & Dean of Postgraduate and Undergraduate Education
  • Graham Dietz, Senior Lecturer in Human Resource Management/Programme Director MSc Management Programmes
  • Li Ding, Lecturer in Operations Management
  • Jessica Dinh, Post Doctoral Research Fellow
  • Carole Elliott, Senior Lecturer in Management
  • Karen Elliott, Research Officer
  • Kiran Fernandes, Professor of Operations Management & Head of Department of Management
  • Les Graham, Senior Teaching Fellow in Strategy
  • David Greatbatch, Professor
  • Rosalie Hall, Professor of Management
  • Peter Hamilton, Senior Lecturer in Human Resource Management
  • Mike Hannan, Professor of Organisation Theory
  • John Hirst, Senior Teaching Fellow in Management
  • Mat Hughes, Reader in Entrepreneurial Management/PhD Programme Director
  • Paul Hughes, Senior Lecturer in Strategy
  • Mike Humphreys, Professor of Organisation Studies
  • Paula Hyde, Professor of Organisation Studies
  • Alan Jessop, Senior Lecturer in Operational Research
  • Markku Jokisaari, Research Fellow Management
  • Satomi Kimino, Lecturer in Management
  • Michael Knoll, Research Fellow
  • Wing Lam, Lecturer in Management
  • Mark Learmonth, Professor of Organisation Studies/Deputy Dean (Research)
  • Min Liu, Lecturer in Management
  • Robert Lord, Professor of Leadership
  • Oliver Mallett, Lecturer in Management
  • Robert McMurray, Senior Lecturer in Management
  • John Mawson, Director of the Institute for Local Governance
  • Sue Miller, Professor
  • Geoff Moore, Professor of Business Ethics, Deputy Dean (Learning & Teaching)
  • Laszlo Polos, Professor of Organisational Theory/Director, Durham DBA
  • Tom Redman, Professor of Human Resource Management
  • Louise Scholes, Senior Lecturer in Entrepreneurial Management
  • Birgit Schyns, Professor in Organisational Behaviour
  • Ed Snape, Professor of Management
  • Ian Stone, Professorial Fellow
  • Dylan Sutherland, Lecturer in Management
  • Jill Tidmarsh, Senior Teaching Fellow in Management
  • Christos Tsinopoulos, Senior Lecturer in Operations & Project Management & Chair of MA Management and MA & MSc Marketing Board of Examiners
  • Philip Warwick, Senior Teaching Fellow in Management
  • Paul Westhead, Chair in Entrepreneurship/Director for the Centre of Entrepreneurship/Chair of the DBA Board of Examiners


  • English language requirements: If English is not your first language you will need IELTS 7.0 (no element below 6.5) or Pearson Test of English Overall Score 70+ (No element below 62). Please note that these can be no more than 2 years old at the month the programme starts, eg. for a programme commencing in October 2014 the IELTS or PTE test must have been taken in or after October 2012.) TOEFL IBT is no longer accepted as an English Qualification for visa purposes.
  • For UK students: A Masters degree, normally with a mark of at least 65% in your Masters dissertation.
  • For non-UK students: A degree that is equivalent to a UK Masters. You also need to have completed and passed (at a level equivalent to at least 65%) a dissertation module.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 7


IMPORTANT NOTE: Since April 2014 the ETS tests (including TOEFL and TOEIC) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa.

The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.



PhD Scholarships Competition 2015

We have have three PhD scholarships available for the very best students seeking to study a PhD from October 2015 onwards at the School.

Each scholarship is fully-funded for a period of three years and covers tuition fees within this three-year period as well as a financial stipend or grant for each of the three years (~£13,500 per annum). Fees up to the Home/EU level alone are paid. We welcome applications from the very best Home, EU and overseas students.

As part of this scholarship competition, the best Home/EU applicants will also be put forward for the prestigious ESRC NEDTC competition first while the best overseas applicants will also be put forward for the university-wide Durham Doctoral Scholarship competition (the tuition fee and stipend scholarships for these competitions are equivalent to that offered by the School). Due to specific regulations, overseas applicants for Economics and Finance can also be put forward for the ESRC NEDTC Competition.

The School deadline for all applications to be received is 2 February 2015. However, prospective applicants should bear in mind the following timetable, within which we will seek to work with the very best applicants to develop their application:

  • Through October 2014 to January 2015, prospective applicants are encouraged to apply to the School and work with prospective supervisors to develop high-quality applications for these Scholarship Competitions.
  • Initial documents are best submitted to the School’s Doctoral Office by 16 January 2015.
  • The School will hold a panel meeting around 22 January 2015 to review and feedback on proposed applications.
  • The School deadline for any application to be received is 2 February 2015.
  • Final documents must be received by the School’s Doctoral Office by 9 February 2015.
  • No entry into the Scholarship Competition can be considered without a student first submitting an application for PhD study to the School.

Thank you for your interest and we look forward to receiving your application.

If you require any specific information, please do not hesitate to contact us at



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