University of Salford

Law, Doctor of Philosophy

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.

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.

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) International 3 Years
PhD Part-time £ 2,098 (Year 1) Home/EU 5 Years
PhD Part-time £ 3,370 (Year 1) International 5 Years

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