The Business School is in the top quartile of UK universities for research.
The Ulster University Business School provides opportunities for PhD study on a full-time and part-time basis in a range of topic areas linked to the Facultys research strategy. Studying for a PhD offers students the opportunity to research in depth a range of business and management topics at an advanced level. Completion of a PhD typically takes three years on a full time basis and six years on a part time basis. The Business School offers a number of Department of Employment and Learning and VCRS grants to students wishing to carry out research on a full-time basis. Over 50 full time and part time research students are currently registered for PhD programmes in the Business School.
Before submitting an application, prospective applicants are asked to note the research areas available for PhD study highlighted here and to make contact with the named staff who may be able to provide supervision in their area of expertise. All applications must include a detailed research proposal.
The University welcomes applicants interested in researching accounting and finance, SME marketing, digital marketing, food marketing, entrepreneurship, SME internationalisation, tourism, retailing, supply chain management, innovation, human resource management, and operations.
In the 2014 UK Research Excellence Framework (REF), Ulster University Business School had 98% of its research recognised as international in terms of originality, significance and rigour. This placed the Business School in the top quartile of UK universities for research. The Business School gained +3 recognition from the Economic and Social Research Council in 2007. The ESRC is the UK's leading research funding and training agency in the area of the social sciences. It is concerned with ensuring high quality research output on issues of importance to business, the public sector and government. ESRC recognition means that the agency recognises not only the high quality of the Graduate Research Centre's PhD programmes but also that the support and training offered to research students by the Centre and the University is highly effective. This recognition shows that our facilities, procedures and practices for research students are up to the high standards that they expect.