Organisation Studies and Human Resource Management

Research Degrees


Research is a key part of what we do in the Organisation Studies and Human Resource Management Subject Group with the contribution of our research students being integral to this.

Therefore, we actively encourage applications and proposals from individuals wishing to undertake postgraduate research on topics relating to one of the following four areas, either on a full-time or part-time basis.

Our research strengths and expertise are in five areas:

HRM, Global HRM and Leadership

(Such as leadership and leadership development, talent management, career management, equality and diversity, International HRM).

Workplace Learning and Development

(Such as Action learning, significant learning, technology enhanced learning).

Business Ethics and CSR

(Such as CSR, sustaibility, fair trade).

Employment Relations and International Comparative Employment Relations

(Such as trade unions and labour politics, international trade union movement, disability, technological change and work).

Organisation Studies and Organisational Behaviour

(Such as organisational resistance, organisational learning, institutional theory, cross-organisational collaborations, American pragmatism).


As well as strong academic grounding, many staff members also have substantial practitioner experience, enabling connections between theory and practice to be made within the research process.

We aim to provide a stimulating and supportive intellectual environment for research students; staff and students work closely together to ensure that the research process proceeds as smoothly as possible.

Whether you already have a proposal you wish to discuss, or simply want to find out more about what's involved in undertaking a research degree in the Organisation Studies and Human Resource Management Subject Group, we look forward to hearing from you.

We welcome PhD research applications from anyone who has an interest in any of the areas above. Please contact us by email to discuss your research ideas and research proposals. Further research degree information is available on our web pages.

Potential first supervisors

Please click on this link to view the list of potential first supervisors.