Management

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Awards available PhD
Programme length Four years full-time;
seven years part-time
Location of programme Clifton campus
Part-time study available Yes
Start date Most students will start in October 2018, however other dates can be considered.

Programme overview

Research is central to the activities of the Department of Management at the University of Bristol. The department comprises a group of academic staff with a variety of interests and a focus on research that has practical relevance. The results of the most recent UK-wide research assessment, REF2014, rated 78 per cent of the research activity in business and management as 'world leading' or 'internationally excellent'.

The department encourages interdisciplinary research, drawing on a range of theories and methodologies. We welcome students from a variety of backgrounds and experiences. We encourage applications from strong candidates from disciplines outside the social sciences, management and business studies who wish to convert, and from candidates with organisational or commercial experience.

Fees for 2018/19

We charge an annual tuition fee. Fees for 2018/19 are as follows:

UK/EU: full-time
£4,235
UK/EU: part-time
£2,118
Overseas: full-time
£16,300
Channel Islands/Isle of Man: full-time
£9,235

Fees are subject to an annual review. For programmes that last longer than one year, please budget for up to a five per cent increase in fees each year. Find out more about tuition fees.

Alumni scholarship

University of Bristol students and graduates can benefit from a ten per cent reduction in tuition fees for postgraduate study. Check your eligibility for an alumni scholarship.

Funding for 2018/19

The Faculty of Social Sciences and Law has an allocation of 1+3 and +3 ESRC scholarships. Applicants may also apply for funding from the University of Bristol scholarship fund or alumni PhD scholarship fund.

Further information on funding for prospective UK, EU and international postgraduate students.

Entry requirements

An upper second-class or first-class honours degree in a related subject (or equivalent) and a master's qualification in a related subject.

See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you need to meet this profile level:
Profile C
Further information about English language requirements and profile levels.

Admissions statement

Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.

Admissions statement

Research groups

The Department of Management's research is organised along two dimensions:

  • Management Theory and Research Practice
    The department's research approach incorporates:
    • Critical Management
    • Operational Research (OR)
    • Quantitative and Qualitative Research
    • Stakeholder Theory
  • Management Domain
    The department's areas of application include:
    • Organisation Studies
    • Professional Associations
    • The Public Sector

There are six research groups:

Action Research and Critical Inquiry in Organisation

ARCIO brings together a number of strands of research and teaching in the Department of Management at the University of Bristol and beyond. The Centre is committed to researching in participative and capacity-building ways in organisations and communities, and is interested in projects which focus on sustainability, social justice, gender, and inclusivity. It is also committed to using arts-based, narrative, and feminist methods in its research and scholarship, and to working with groups and organisations who are interested in taking a critical stand on research and development projects. The Centre’s activities include research, scholarship and practice around the areas mentioned above.

For details of staff working in this research group, please visit the Department of Management website.

Marketing and Strategy

The Marketing and Strategy group is very new in the department with plans for significant growth in 2017-18. Currently, research is interdisciplinary and focuses on strategy, values and identity, with ideas from psychology and organisation studies. Other work looks at marketing in the context of national politics and service delivery from an operations perspective. The group is committed to research that integrates diverse perspectives, especially from the social sciences.

For details of staff working in this research group, please visit the Department of Management website.

Organisation Studies/HRM

The Organisation Studies and Human Resource Management group is the most established in the department and combines staff interests from a variety of social sciences perspectives (eg sociology, labour economics, politics and feminism). Its research seeks to challenge mainstream assumptions and to bring society and globalisation into an understanding of organisations and employment. Thus, interests cover power, identity, materiality and institutional and organisational change as well as different groups engaging with work organisations such as the professions, unions and other employee groups. The group contributes to the University's ESRC South West Doctoral Training Partnership and its work engages with local communities and debates about the role of experts and occupational groups.

For details of staff working in this research group, please visit the Department of Management website.

Operations/Management Science

The Operations/Management Science group carries out research into supply chain management, sustainability and resilience, healthcare operations, big data analytics, social media research and low carbon manufacturing. The group is committed to using empirical methods in operations management research and applied operational research methods in tackling real-world problems that have high economic, societal and environmental impacts, attracting funding from NERC, ESRC, the Royal Society, the Newton Fund, and the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC).

For details of staff working in this research group, please visit the Department of Management website.

Global Political Economy and International Business Management

The Global Political Economy and International Business Management group brings together staff interested in a wide range of questions that span disciplines and fields, such as economic sociology, economic geography, global studies, migration and political economy of globalisation.

Members are engaged in researching a range of problems, including: changes in labour and employment, global commodity chains and transnational corporations, the rise of global managerialism, the financialisation of management, and the transformation of professions and global professional service firms.

The group aims to address analytically the transformations brought about by the globalisation of economy and management and, through their work, to underscore the need for the current disciplinary and interdisciplinary boundaries in the social sciences to be transcended. The group contributes to the University's ESRC South West Doctoral Training Partnership interdisciplinary pathway in Global Political Economy.

For details of staff working in this research group, please visit the Department of Management website.

Careers

Previous graduates have gone on to work at a variety of employers all over the world. These include Lloyds Bank, L’Oreal, Prominvest SA, Moscow, Deutsche Bank, LG Electronics, WHO-US, Hangzhou, Abercrombie & Fitch and Marks & Spencer. Another popular route for graduates is to pursue specific research interests or academia.

Staff profiles

Action Research and Critical Inquiry in Organisation

Patricia Gaya, (Senior Lecturer), Action research and participative inquiry methods; critical management studies.

Mary Phillips, (Reader), Corporeality; critical and cultural theory in organisation studies; ecofeminism; gender.

Sheena Vachhani, (Senior Lecturer), Critical management studies; embodiment; ethics; gender.

Rutvica Andrijasevic, (Senior Lecturer), Alternative forms of organising, and political activism; gender and atypical/precarious labour; gender, race and employment; governance, migration and changes in citizenship; new social movements; sexuality, subjectivity and the workplace.

Gregory Schwartz, (Lecturer), Comparative and historical sociology; ethnography; extended case method; global transformation of work and organisation; labour and society in Eastern Europe; labour relations; political economy, organisation theory economic and political sociology; qualitative methods; trade unions and labour movements in Eastern Europe.

Lloyd Fletcher, (Senior Associate Teacher), Applications of critical realism; narrative research methods; organisational culture; philosophies of social science; projects and their management; sensemaking; social identity theory.

Global Political Economy and International Business Management

Rutvica Andrijasevic, (Senior Lecturer), Alternative forms of organising, and political activism; gender and atypical/precarious labour; gender, race and employment; governance, migration and changes in citizenship; new social movements; sexuality, subjectivity and the workplace.

Jonathan Beaverstock, (Professor), High net worth individuals (aka the ' super-rich' ) and the globalising private wealth management industry; highly-skilled international migration and the competitiveness of the City of London; the global mobility of talent (expatriation, international assignments, inter/intra-company transfers and business travel); the internationalisation of globalising executive search firms in Europe and Asia.

Glenn Morgan, (Professor), Multinational firms including manufacturing and professional service firms; The role of elites in institutional change; Transnational governance of economic relations including the role of transnational expert networks and the impact of social movements; Varieties of capitalism, national business systems and globalization, with reference particularly to Latin America and Europe

Gregory Schwartz, (Lecturer), Comparative and historical sociology; ethnography; extended case method; global transformation of work and organisation; labour and society in Eastern Europe; labour relations; political economy, organisation theory economic and political sociology; qualitative methods; trade unions and labour movements in Eastern Europe.

Robin Klimecki, (Lecturer), Alternative economic visions; contestation and affect in contemporary capitalism; critical social theory; debt and poverty; postfoundational and psychchoanalytical views on financialisation and the financial crisis; the political economy of business and management.

Humphrey Bourne, (Senior Lecturer), Organisational identity; values in organisations.

Marketing and Strategy

Humphrey Bourne, (Senior Lecturer), Organisational identity; values in organisations.

Jenny Lloyd, (Senior Teaching Fellow), Drivers of involvement, motivation and engagement within politics and education; political branding, political communication and voter insight.

Stephen Pearce, (Teaching Fellow), Service Design in: Central and Local Government, Financial Services, Heath Care, Engineering and Biosciences, and Higher Education.

Lloyd Fletcher, (Senior Associate Teacher), Applications of critical realism; narrative research methods; organisational culture; philosophies of social science; projects and their management; sensemaking; social identity theory.

Operations/Management Science

Xiaojun Wang, (Senior Lecturer), Applied operational research; e-business; operations management; risk assessment; sustainable supply chain.

Stephen Pearce, (Teaching Fellow), Service Design in: Central and Local Government, Financial Services, Heath Care, Engineering and Biosciences, and Higher Education.

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Organisation Studies/HRM

Humphrey Bourne, (Senior Lecturer), Organisational identity; values in organisations.

Patricia Gaya, (Senior Lecturer), Action research and participative inquiry methods; critical management studies

Robin Klimecki, (Lecturer), Alternative economic visions; contestation and affect in contemporary capitalism; critical social theory; debt and poverty; postfoundational and psychchoanalytical views on financialisation and the financial crisis; the political economy of business and management.

Mary Phillips, (Reader), Corporeality; critical and cultural theory in organisation studies; ecofeminism; gender.

Andrew Sturdy, (Professor, Chair in Management, Head of Department), Management consultancy; organisational change.

Sheena Vachhani, (Senior Lecturer), Critical management studies; embodiment; ethics; gender.

Peter Turnbull, (professor), An ‘impact assessment’ of EU port reform; Decent work in global supply chains; Fair pricing in the EU haulage market; Low cost competition and Human Resource Management in the civil aviation industry; Single European skies; Technological change and a ‘just safety culture’ in air traffic control.; The working time and wellbeing of British police inspectors

Jonathan Beaverstock, (Professor), High net worth individuals (aka the ' super-rich' ) and the globalising private wealth management industry; highly-skilled international migration and the competitiveness of the City of London; the global mobility of talent (expatriation, international assignments, inter/intra-company transfers and business travel); the internationalisation of globalising executive search firms in Europe and Asia.

Glenn Morgan, (Professor), Multinational firms including manufacturing and professional service firms; The role of elites in institutional change; Transnational governance of economic relations including the role of transnational expert networks and the impact of social movements; Varieties of capitalism, national business systems and globalization, with reference particularly to Latin America and Europe

Gregory Schwartz, (Lecturer), Comparative and historical sociology; ethnography; extended case method; global transformation of work and organisation; labour and society in Eastern Europe; labour relations; political economy, organisation theory economic and political sociology; qualitative methods; trade unions and labour movements in Eastern Europe.

Lloyd Fletcher, (Senior Associate Teacher), Applications of critical realism; narrative research methods; organisational culture; philosophies of social science; projects and their management; sensemaking; social identity theory.

Public Management

Deborah Wilson, (Reader), Public service delivery and performance

Robin Klimecki, (Lecturer), Alternative economic visions; contestation and affect in contemporary capitalism; critical social theory; debt and poverty; postfoundational and psychchoanalytical views on financialisation and the financial crisis; the political economy of business and management.

Andrew Sturdy, (Professor, Chair in Management, Head of Department), Management consultancy; organisational change.

Peter Turnbull, (professor), An ‘impact assessment’ of EU port reform; Decent work in global supply chains; Fair pricing in the EU haulage market; Low cost competition and Human Resource Management in the civil aviation industry; Single European skies; Technological change and a ‘just safety culture’ in air traffic control.; The working time and well-being of British police inspectors

Xiaojun Wang, (Senior Lecturer), Applied operational research; e-business; operations management; risk assessment; sustainable supply chain.

How to apply
Application deadline:

We welcome applications at any time of year; early application is advised.

The closing date for ESRC studentship funding applications for 2018/19 is midday on Tuesday 30 January 2018.

International students

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I chose Bristol because of its outstanding academic reputation. It's reassuring to be taught by people who truly love their subject - their passion becomes contagious.

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REF 2014 results

  • 24% of research is world-leading (4 star)
  • 54% of research is internationally excellent (3 star)
  • 22% of research is recognised internationally (2 star)
  • 0% of research is recognised nationally (1 star)

Results are from the most recent UK-wide assessment of research quality, conducted by HEFCE. More about REF 2014 results.

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