University of Salford

Online PhD: Business and Management

The Salford Business School online PhD (Doctor of Philosophy) programme is designed for academically capable and strongly motivated individuals from around the world who want to pursue the chance to develop new and creative approaches to extending existing knowledge and practice with a view to further developing their careers in business, industry, and/or the public sector.

We provide a vibrant, enthusiastic and highly international academic arena, with a body of distinguished academic staff with diverse teaching and research interests in many different facets of business and management. Our online PhD programme offers you the opportunity to undergo comprehensive training in research methods, pursue original scholarly research in your chosen area of specialist inquiry, and advance academic knowledge and understanding of business and management issues, processes and problems, within their organizational and societal contexts.

Our research delivers real business solutions with particular expertise in: *

Finance, Accounting and Economics
Information Systems and Digital Business Technology
International Strategy, People Management and Salford Law
Marketing and Services Management
Operations and Global Logistics Management
Management Science and Statistics
Digital Business
Social Business
Sports Business

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements

First class or upper second class undergraduate degree. A Master’s degree is also preferred but not essential, although applicants without a Master’s degree should provide evidence of previous research methods training.

APEL – We welcome applications from students who may not have formal/traditional entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully.

The Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) process could help you to make your work and life experience count. The APL process can be used for entry onto courses or to give you exemptions from parts of your course.

Two forms of APL may be used for entry: the Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) or the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).

English requirement for non-UK/ EU students

A minimum total IELTS score of 6.5, including a minimum of 7.0 in elements of academic reading and writing, with no less than 6.0 in any other element.

We offer four entry points – October, January, April and July. Applications can be submitted at any point within the year. But please note the new online Doctorate will not commence until October 2015.

Course modules

Salford Business School currently has more than 140 postgraduate research students drawn, apart from the UK, from many countries around the world, including Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Iran, Jordan, Oman, Pakistan, the Philippines and Malaysia. The School’s research places great value on the fostering of a supportive and collaborative environment. This is achieved through a variety of means, including a doctoral training programme that involves weekly sessions on research process and methodology (covering subjects such as conducting a literature review, methods of data collection, research governance and ethics, analysis, presentation, interpretation and rigour in qualitative research), research seminar series, annual School Postgraduate Research Symposium, regular Information Bulletins, Blackboard site, Facebook page, and various social events. The School is also affiliated to the Northern Advanced Research Training Initiative (NARTI), a network of research-based university Business and Management Schools in the UK’s north of England. In addition, the University offers all postgraduate research students an extensive range of free training activities to help develop their research and transferable skills via the Salford Postgraduate Research Training Programme (SPoRT). This programme includes workshops and seminars and online material on topics such as dissertation skills, career planning, intellectual property rights and surviving the viva. Postgraduate training sessions covering a wide range of important topics such as the PhD process and procedure, paradigms, ethical considerations in research, research design and research methodology are also available. There is also a Salford Postgraduate Annual Research Conference (SPARC) which offers a a postgraduate researchers in different disciplines across the university to exchange ideas:

Assessment methods

Each of the School research areas is led by an experienced researcher, often a Professor, whose expertise has international recognition. All our research leaders publish their research in peer reviewed internationally recognised journals and are they regularly invited to speak at international conferences. They lead on a wide range of established collaborations with UK, international academic and industry partners.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Fee locale Course duration
PhD Full-time £ 4,195 (Year 1) Home/EU 3 Years
PhD Full-time £ 6,740 (Year 1) Home/EU 3 Years
PhD Part-time £ 2,098 (Year 1) International 5 Years
PhD Part-time £ 3,370 (Year 1) International 5 Years

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