PhD Management and Business

At Aberystwyth Business School, we attract professionals from around the world who aspire to the challenges of the global business community.  Our dynamic learning environment is structured to support your professional development. Our curriculum draws on the expertise of professionals throughout business and industry.

The Aberystwyth Business School has a growing and thriving body of research students. We’re always pleased to welcome new applications for research study and welcome research proposals relating to Accounting, Business/Management, EconomicsFinance, Tourism Management and Marketing since these represent significant areas of our research expertise.

Key Facts

The research expertise represented at our school has enabled us to develop excellent partnerships with companies in business, industry and commerce and a global network of academic contacts and partnerships with other academic institutions.

In addition to the broad range of research interests represented by our academic faculty, we have attracted recognition for specific areas of research expertise, represented by our research centres:


As a research student at Aberystwyth you’ll be allocated to a supervision team of two academic members of staff at Aberystwyth. The main supervisor is usually a senior academic with considerable research experience in your proposed field of study. The appropriateness of the match between student and supervisor is an important element in the success of any PhD programme.

Facilities and Resources

The Aberystwyth Business School provides all research students with a shared office and access to networked IT facilities. SMB maintains a subscription to Data Stream and supports major statistical and econometric software packages. We warmly encourage all our research students to attend our weekly research seminar and the occasional research away-days. In addition, you’ll have the opportunity to participate in the Aberystwyth University subject colloquia which meets each year in early spring.

Research Techniques

Unless you’ve already completed a Masters course with a recognised research training element, you’ll be required to complete the Social Science Research Training Programme at SMB. This will enable you to develop excellence in research techniques in order to successfully complete your PhD.

You may also be required to undertake additional advanced study modules in your chosen discipline.


Aberystwyth Business School is research-led, reflecting the values of Aberystwyth University. We are committed to developing research that is unique, relevant and applicable to a management, business or finance environment.

We're also committed to ensuring that our research activities and publications are of international importance, offering business, management and finance solutions that can be applied across sectors, cultures and discipline areas.

We have an excellent team of academics offering a broad, collective expertise, gained from both professional experience and academic research. Our academics have supervised a wide range of post-doctoral research papers and have used their research knowledge to develop exclusive and distinctive business, management and finance programmes to the benefit of all our undergraduate and postgraduate students. In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (2014) assessment the university was placed in the top 50 institutions for research power and intensity. It submitted 77% of eligible staff and 95% of the university's research was of an internationally recognised standard.

Our Staff

Students at the Aberystwyth Business School are taught by lecturers and other teaching staff who are active researchers and expert practitioners in their chosen subject area.

Over 75% of full time members of teaching staff are qualified to PhD level. Most are currently research active, meaning that students benefit from being taught ‘new’ knowledge in their chosen field of study as well as recognized literature. The School also employs part-time and full time staff devoted purely to teaching. Many part-time staff combine teaching duties with consultancy and business activities, ensuring that students have access not only to up to date research but the latest applied knowledge.

Course Content

Welsh medium modules available

Please note: The modules listed below are those currently intended for delivery during the next academic year and may be subject to change. They are included here to give an indication of how the course is structured.

Year 1 Core (30 Credits) Students must take a minimum 30 credits of the following centrally provided research training modules:

Semester 1

Quantitative Data Collection And Analysis PGM1010

Qualitative Data Collection And Analysis PGM1100

Qualitative Data Collection And Analysis PGM1700

Semester 2

Qualitative Data Collection And Analysis PGM1120

Qualitative Data Collection And Analysis PGM1710

Year 1 Options The following are optional centrally provided research training modules. Students should tale at least one of the follwing modules:

Semester 1

Dulliau Darllen MOR0510

Research Skills And Personal Development PGM0100

Principles Of Research Design PGM0210

Ways Of Reading PGM0410

Manuscript Skills: Post Medieval Palaeographic And Diplomatic PGM1210

Using Manuscript Sources For Medieval Studies; Palaeography, Diplomatic And Context PGM1400

Semester 2

Research Skills And Personal Development PGM0120

Using Manuscript Sources For Medieval Studies; Palaeography, Diplomatic And Context PGM1420

How to Apply

Entry Requirements

At the School of Management and Business we’re committed to attracting talented scholars at all levels to contribute to the academic vitality and research profile of the school.

We welcome research proposals relating to Accounting, Business/Management, EconomicsFinance, Tourism Management and Marketing since these represent significant areas of our research expertise.

Furthermore, our Masters programmes in Finance have been especially designed to offer a research training option, to prepare students for progression onto a PhD.

You will need:

  • A minimum of at least an upper second class honours degree
  • Either a relevant Masters degree or a commitment to study advanced study modules within your chosen discipline
  • Research experience or a commitment to study the Research Training modules

Non-native English speakers must take a University-recognised test of academic English language proficiency. For further information please see our English Language requirements pageIf you have a Bachelor’s degree from a UK University, you do not need to take an English proficiency test. 

To apply for a research course, please see our How to Apply page

Departmental contact details

Tel: (01970) 622523

Fax: (01970) 622524


School of Management and Business

Aberystwyth University

Rheidol Building

Llanbadarn Centre

SY23 3DD

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