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Management, Employment and Organisation (PhD)

4 years (full-time) / 7 years (only available to UK/EU students) (part-time) / n/a (distance / e-Learning)

Note: this programme includes 1 year of research training (MSc Social Science Research Methods + PhD)

The Management, Employment and Organisation (MEO) Section is home to a number of research groups and centres and undertakes research in three broad areas:

  1. Organisation Studies
  2. Employment Relations
  3. Public Sector Management

As well as promoting research of an international quality, the Section aims to deliver research-led teaching of an outstanding quality and to provide a supportive environment for the development of academic researchers and educators. Our researchers have a very strong publishing, advisory and consulting profile, providing advice and reports for a broad range of corporate and other clients.  Recent users of MEO research include:

  1. The International Labour Organisation
  2. Trades Union Congress
  3. The European Commission
  4. The International Transport Workers Federation
  5. Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service
  6. Welsh Government
  7. Office of the Deputy Prime Minister 

The standing of the MEO Section is indicated by its success in winning research grants from the Economic and Social Research Council, the Leverhulme Trust and other established sources of funding.  Our research involves ongoing collaboration with other research groups at Cardiff University in sociology and city and regional planning.  A number of major international journals are edited by members of the Section including Organisation, British Journal of Management, the Journal of Management Studies and Work, Employment and Society. 

Who is this programme for?

The programme is for those that wish to explore an area relation to Management , Organisation and Employment in further depth, but more importantly for those that want to undertake a formal qualification in research.  The PhD programme will prepare you either for a career as a leading academic scholar or to excel in business practitioning or senior public policy decision making. Along the way you will be encouraged to publish, before completing an innovative thesis that contributes to academic debate in your chosen field. We will offer you a place on our PhD programme because we believe you have the talent, background and initiative to complete the programme and meet these goals.

Special Features

Course Description

The Management, Employment and Organisation PhD has Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) recognition.  This route encompasses a full range of expertise, but the following areas are of particular strength:

Course Structure

The route involves one year of research training followed by three years' work on your PhD topic. The training in the first year comprises of participation in general and subject-specific modules which leads to a Masters qualification in Social Science Research Methods.

Research training is increasingly being seen nationally and internationally as an important requirement for the successful completion of a doctoral thesis and Cardiff Business School places great store on this aspect of its Postgraduate Research Studies Programme.

Successful completion of the research training part of the programme, with an average mark of at least 60%, is compulsory in order for students to proceed to the research topic stage.

For further information on the programme structure, please visit this webpage.


A list of academic staff that can provide supervision can be found on the Cardiff Business School website.

Programme Assessment

Student will be assessed on a Dissertation of 20,000 words for the MSc in Social Science Research Methods component of the programme.

Students will be assessed on a Thesis of 80,000 words and a Viva Voce Examination for the PhD component of the programme.

Entry Requirements

Suitable for graduates in business and management, human resource management, politics, sociology, psychology, or accounting.

Applicants should have at least an upper second-class Honours degree and preferably a specialist Masters degree and an interest in pursuing in-depth research in an appropriate area.

Applicants whose first language is not English are normally expected to have reached a minimum IELTS score of 7.0 (writing scored 7.0, with no subscore less than 6.5) Copies of appropriate English language certificates must be supplied with your application.

Please see our English Language Requirements guidance for more details.

Career Prospects

The PhD programme will prepare you either for a career as a leading academic scholar or to excel in business practitioning or senior public policy decision making.

How to Apply

Please complete the online application form for the Doctor of Philosophy (Business Studies).

Applicants are required to include a research proposal of 3 to 4 pages.

The deadline for applications is June 30, 2016.

Available Funding

Each year a range of funded PhD studentships are available via the ESRC Wales Doctoral Training Centre (UK/EU students only), and Cardiff Business School. Please visit the Cardiff Business School website for further information.

For further information about this programme, please see the Cardiff Business School website.

Next intake: October each year

School Contact

Name: PhD Programme Office, Cardiff Business School  

Telephone: +44 (0)29 2087 6786 

Fax: +44 (0)29 2087 4419 


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