MPhil and PhD Opportunities
Business and Management
Postgraduate Research in Business and Management.
Spanning a broad range of business and management disciplines, our research tracks and addresses the threats and opportunities that arise from an increasingly competitive global business environment. Staff members are engaged in research collaborations with bodies such as the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), the Higher Education Academy (HEA) and Skills for Care.
We are actively engaged in conducting research on a wide range of relevant issues relating to leadership, ethics, organisation studies, human resource management and development, employment relations, sales management, advertising, operations research, organisational excellence, and corporate branding. Members of staff work with businesses and policy-makers who are participants and recipients of our research to ensure that our work has relevance and impact.
Research centres and groups
Centre for Operational Research and Logistics (CORL)
Members of the CORL provide a broad coverage of the field of Operational Research and Quantitative Logistics. Our research is organised under eight themes: Multiple Criteria Decision Analysis, Exact methods, Heuristics and Metaheuristics, Optimisation Modelling, Soft OR and Integrated Methodologies, Logistics, Transportation and Supply Chain Management, Healthcare, Marine and Maritime, and Renewable Energy and Sustainability.
Business Education Research Group (BERG)
BERG’s purpose is to promote relevant business education research, scholarship and evaluation. Members engage in interdisciplinary research and evidence based practice within the University, with academic professionals in other Higher Education Institutions and employers. Research is organised into five themes: Technology enhanced learning, Pedagogy, Employability and entrepreneurship, Knowledge management and organisational learning, and Management and leadership development.
The Sports Cluster group of research staff are concerned with investigating some of the critical issues facing contemporary sports management and business. Our interests and expertise fall into the four general areas: sports economics, sports law, sports finance and governance, and team performance.
The Gate-To-Plate Research Group
The Gate-To-Plate Research Group brings together a multidisciplinary group of researchers from the Business School. This ranges from accounting, agricultural and environmental economics to executive information systems (EIS) and Business Intelligence.
Self-funded PhD opportunities
MPhil: 2 years full-time, 4 years part-time
PhD: 3 years full-time, 6 years part-time
By Publication: 1 year part-time
Start date: October/February
A second-class honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject or a master’s degree in an appropriate subject. Exceptionally, equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications will be considered. All shortlisted applicants are subject to interview.
English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.
- MPhil/PhD Fees*
MPhil full time and part time courses are eligible
PhD full-time and part-time courses are eligible for a Doctoral Loan - details TBC
Home/EU/CI full-time students: £4,260 p/a*
Home/EU/CI part-time students: £2,130 p/a*
International full-time students: £14,000 p/a*
International part-time students: £7,000 p/a*
*All fees are subject to annual increase
- By Publication Fees*
Members of staff: £1,550 p/a*
External candidates: £4,260 p/a*
Members of staff: £1,490 p/a*
External candidates: £4,195 p/a*
*All fees are subject to annual increase.
Employment relations and Human Resource Management
Research areas include:
- Employment relations
- Employee engagement and wellbeing
- Global HR
- Workplace learning and development and Leadership
- Ethical leadership and decision making
Operations and Systems Management
Research areas include:
- Intelligent business information systems
- Organisational excellence
- Quality and project management
- Risk management
- Performance evaluation
- Resources scheduling
Marketing and Sales
Research areas include:
- Corporate branding
- Consumer behaviour online
- Digital marketing
- Sales resourcing
Strategy Enterprise and Innovation
Research areas include:
- Innovation management
- Business strategy
- Risk (and trust)
Facilities & Features
You will benefit from web, email or phone access to many of our facilities and services. Our student website will be your one-stop shop for all news, information and links to other services, and 24/7 online access to the University Library’s vast electronic book, journal and database collections will help you find the right resources for your research.
We have invested heavily in open access computer suites across campus. Great working spaces with high-spec PCs (multimedia and CAD), Macs and printing facilities. There is also more specialised software and equipment available such as large format printing and audio-visual equipment. Should you need any assistance, there are specialist technicians on hand to support you in using the facilities.
From the moment you join us, you will be supported by the University's Graduate School, alongside your assigned supervisory team. You will be invited to a two-day induction, helping you to get the most from our facilities and be part of our thriving research community. You can also extend your skills as a researcher through the Graduate School Development Programme, which offers training, workshops and events.
Modern, comfortable and a great learning environment, our library offers a wealth of information including 400,000 books, DVDs, maps and thousands of online ejournals and newspapers. Many electronic resources are available anywhere, 24/7 and our friendly staff are always on hand to help.
Careers & Opportunities Business and Management
One of the benefits of studying at Portsmouth is the comprehensive support we provide in career planning. Our careers and recruitment service - Purple Door - can assist you in career research and finding employment opportunities.
The Graduate School Development Programme offers a series of dedicated workshops on career planning, specifically for research degree students. You will also have access to consultations with careers advisers or online support. This service is available for five years after graduation.
Doctoral graduates are highly-skilled researchers that make an impact in a range of sectors. They benefit from high employment rates and, on average, earn more than holders of undergraduate and Masters degrees. A doctorate demonstrates to employers that you are intelligent, capable and motivated, and that you have advanced technical and research skills.
In addition to supervision from experts in the field, you will be supported to become an internationally employable doctoral graduate. You will also develop skills that are desirable to employers including critical thinking, problem-solving, project management, communication, leadership and creativity.
How to apply
Step 1 - Contact us
Contact us to express your interest. We'll then put you in touch with a potential supervisor to discuss your research in more depth.