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PhD (School of Management)

Duration: 3-4 years
Attendance mode: Full-time
Award: Doctorate
Suitable for international students
Start date: September, February
Faculty of Management & Law
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Business and management research at PhD level requires your originality of thought and determination to see a project through.

Studying a PhD degree at University of Bradford School of Management places you at the core of the University's intellectual life and at the forefront of its worldwide quest to provide future generations with the necessary flow of new business and management ideas.

We pride ourselves in providing personal supervision arrangement based on the integration into the world leading research and teaching undertaken at our school.

Our PhD programme allows you to conduct research under the supervision of our international, experienced, and highly committed faculty.

In addition to being supervised by two well-established researchers, you will take part in research training which provides you with the knowledge and skills to design and carry out rigorous research.

You also have opportunities to present your work in our school’s research seminars to discuss your research with fellow PhD students and members of faculty.

During your PhD study we encourage you to prepare and submit papers to academic conferences and journals.

This provides you with feedback from experts in your research field and helps you in developing your skills in writing academic papers. We also encourage you to engage in teaching activities which enables you to gain valuable experience of higher education teaching and prepare you for job market.

Upon completion, you will have become an independent researcher with acquired skills and have opportunities to pursue an exciting career opportunities in academia, research institution or management consultancy.

Professional Accreditation/Recognition

We are proud to be in an elite group of less than 1% of business schools in the world to hold the triple accreditations of Equis, AMBA and AACSB, often referred to as the "Triple Crown".


‘In my search for an international business school with a strong academic reputation I came across Bradford and had a strong chemistry with the academics there.

These human relationships are particularly important for PhD students, as we work very closely with supervisors on our research and this relationship is likely to go beyond the PhD experience.’



PhD, 2015. Lecturer in Marketing at the York Management School

Why Bradford?

Pioneering research has always been at the heart of all of Bradford's teaching and learning.

We have earned an enviable reputation for both academic and practice-oriented work that is valued by policy-makers, businesses and industry worldwide.

In the 2014 Research Assessment Framework, 65% of our research was judged internationally recognised or world-leading in terms of originality, significance and rigour. Almost 90% of our research demonstrated very considerable impact on business practice and policy.

Our PhD programme offers both full-time and part-time research opportunities and we pride ourselves on the personal supervision we provide to students.

As well as being supervised by two well-established researchers, you will take part in research training providing you with the knowledge and skills to design and carry out rigorous research.

During your PhD study we encourage you to prepare and submit papers to academic conferences and journals.

This provides you with feedback from experts in your research field and helps you develop your skills writing academic papers.

We also encourage you to engage in teaching activities, giving you valuable experience of higher education teaching and preparing you for the jobs market.


Financial Times rankings for the School of Management:

  • Our Distance Learning MBA ranked 11th in the world, 3rd in the UK in Online MBA rankings
  • Our Distance Learning MBA is also ranked 1st in the world for salary increase (percentage) and 2nd in the world for value for money

Entry requirements

All candidates must meet one of the following conditions:

  1. A good honours UK Bachelor's degree (a first or upper second class honours) or equivalent qualifications
  2. A Master’s degree in Management or related subjects with average marks of 60% or equivalent
  3. A professional qualification of degree standard obtained by examination

English language requirements:

All candidates whose first language is not English must meet one of our English Language requirements specified below:

  1. IELTS: a minimum score of 6.5 with no sub-test less than 6.5.
  2. TOEFL Internet based test: an overall test result of 94 (minimum scores apply for each subtest)

Please note the English test score only has a fixed two-year validity period. If you don’t have a current English test score, please indicate the date that you will be taking the English test in your application.

If you do not meet the IELTS requirement, you can take a University of Bradford pre-sessional English course. See the Language Centre for more details.


First year: Research training stage

During your first year (or first two years for part-time students) the Diploma in Research Methods (Business and Management) provides training in the skills and competencies you will need to undertake a sustained, original research project. It helps you develop your research, both conceptually and operationally, and to manage your project effectively.

All students study these modules in block teaching weeks.

Second/third year: The PhD research project stage

From your second year onwards (or third year if you are part-time) you will focus on your research project. This typically involves

  • conducting the literature review
  • developing research instruments
  • carrying out fieldwork and data collection
  • analysing the data
  • interpreting the findings

In your second year (or third year if you are part-time), you also need to go through a formal progress review and this requires you to submit a progress report and present a fully developed research proposal to the review panel. After the review, your registration to the PhD degree will be confirmed (or you will be transferred to the MPhil programme if your progress is not satisfactory).

Final year: The writing-up stage

You move to the writing up stage in your final year. All research students should aim to submit their thesis within their minimum period of registration (4 years for full-time and 6 years for part-time). At this stage, the tasks involved are

  • producing a final version of your thesis
  • presenting your thesis
  • defending your thesis in an oral examination

Career support and prospects

Career support

The School of Management supports students on the PhD programme in a variety of ways; those on campus can attend workshops but for the most part support to PhD students is via one-to-one guidance - in addition there are training and development opportunities.

Participants on the PhD programme are in the main usually seeking a post in academia and so careers and academic staff are able to provide guidance. For those who may be looking to develop a career in the commercial world the careers coaches are able to support, students are often looking to develop their careers in consultancy and research based posts.

Study Support

The Effective Learning Service (ELS) is a dedicated facility within the School of Management, established to support our students to maximise their academic learning as well as help overseas students adapt quickly to UK academic requirements.


Interest is sought for a PhD student at University of Bradford School of Management to study how organisational members' identity work (Sveningsson and Alvesson, 2003: Watson, 2008) is shaped by and responds to the influences of embodied practices and material arrangements within the workplace. This research project aims to address a perceived over-emphasis, in the extant identity literature, on identity work as talk and to rebalance the role of materiality in identity work (Corlett, Williams and Meindel, 2013; Symon and Pritchard, 2011; Symon, 2012; Bardon et al., 2012). This research project can be shaped to reflect the applicant and supervisors interests around exploring how organizational member’ identities are constituted through sociomaterial relations and practices involving the body, technology, and mundane artefacts.

As well as contributing to the emerging interest in the sociomateriality of identity work, the research project will have an interest on diversity, with a focus on either disability or gender and will problematize, for instance, how sociomaterial practices are based on ableism (Williams and Mavin, 2012), or are gendered. Through its focused on the ‘marginalized other’, the research will give theoretical insights into the influence of normative sociomaterial practices for organizational members’ identity work.

The focus in the proposed research project on both discursive and performative elements of identity work for people is likely to have methodological implications, for instance in designing a study which does not concentrate only on talk but incorporates other approaches such as ethnography and action research. The organisational, sector or cultural context of the study is likely to be relevant also. For instance, if the focus is on disability, in workplace contexts where impairment effects-related material objects (such as assistive technology) differ greatly from standardised material artefacts, they may have greater influence in constructing disabled organizational members as different and as marginalized others. If the focus is on gender, the identity regulatory effects of gendered sociomaterial relations and practices may vary between private and public sector workplace or national contexts.

The supervision team will include Dr Jannine Williams at University of Bradford School of Management, and Dr Sandra Corlett at Newcastle Business School. Additional colleagues at University of Bradford School of Management may also be involved in supervision arrangements, depending upon availability and interest.

Further details are available by contacting Dr Jannine Williams by

Publications relevant to this topic by proposed supervisors:

Corlett, S. & Mavin, S. (2014) Intersectionality and identity: shared tenets and future research agendas for gender and identity studies, Gender in Management: An International Journal, Special Issue editorial commentary

Corlett, S, Williams, J and Meindel, J (2013) ‘Sociomateriality and disabled individuals’ identity work: a critical poststructuralist research agenda’, British Academy of Management, Liverpool, Sept

McInnes, P. and Corlett, S. (2012) Conversational Identity Work in Everyday Interaction, Scandinavian Journal of Management, 28 (1), 27-38 (Discipline based)

Williams, J., & Mavin, S. (2012). Disability as Constructed Difference: A Literature Review and Research Agenda for Management and Organization Studies. International Journal of Management Reviews, 14(2), 159-179. doi: 10.1111/j.1468-2370.2012.00329.x (Discipline based)

Williams, J., & Mavin, S. (2013). Impairment effects as a career boundary: a case study of disabled academics. Studies in Higher Education, 1-19. doi: 10.1080/03075079.2013.818637 (Discipline based)

Fees, Finance and Scholarships

Tuition fees

2017/18 UK/EU

  • Full-time: £4,195
  • Part-time: £2,800

2017/18 International fee

  • Full-time: £14,900
  • Part-time: £7,450

* Fees are per year and increase with inflation.

Tuition fees are subject to review for students starting their course in subsequent years. See our Fees and Financial Support website for more details.

Financial support

School of Management Phd Scholarships

Four available for October 2017 intake. See the Scholarships website for more information.

WRDTP ESRC Studentships

Funding available from the Economic and Social Research Council as part of the White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership. Find out more on the Scholarships website.


Alumni Discount

All alumni of the University of Bradford, regardless of when they have graduated will receive a discount on their tuition fees if they achieved a 2:2 or above in their undergraduate degree. Find out more

Postgraduate Bursary

Students applying to study a full-time Master's or research postgraduate programme, who have recently graduated from an undergraduate programme in England, and have received support towards their fees from the Local Authority or the Student Loans Company in their final year of undergraduate study at their previous university may be eligible for a Postgraduate Bursary of £500. Please visit the Fees and Financial Support website for full details.

Country specific scholarships

World Bank low-income or low to middle income economy countries - £2,000 scholarship

How do I find out more?

Contact the Faculty

Contact our PhD team.

Steps to Postgraduate Study

Find out more about studying at a postgraduate level on the official, independent website Steps to Postgraduate Study (link opens in new window).

How to apply

Applications are considered on a rolling basis. We encourage you to get in touch with us early, so we can guide you through the application process.

You should indicate your:

  • motivation for joining the programme
  • academic and professional qualifications
  • career history
  • positions of responsibility held
  • areas of professional interest
  1. Apply online

    Please complete and submit the online application form (opens in a new window) with all the supporting documents uploaded. 

    We prefer you to submit your application form and supporting materials electronically. This will help us to process your application more rapidly.

  2. Alternatively, apply via email or by post. 

    PhD Application Forms

    Download and complete the application form above.

    Send it with all the supporting documents specified in Step 2 and a personal statement outlining your reasons for apply for the PhD programme to:; or to

    Postgraduate Admissions
    University of Bradford
    Richmond Road
    West Yorkshire
    BD7 1DP

    Send the Confidential Reference forms (above) to your two referees asking them to forward them to our address (printed on the form).

This is the current course information. Modules and course details may change, subject to the University's programme approval, monitoring and review procedures. The University reserves the right to alter or withdraw courses, services and facilities as described on our website without notice and to amend Ordinances, Regulations, fees and charges at any time. Students should enquire as to the up-to-date position when applying for their course of study.