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Logistics and Operations Management (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)

We aim to be the world's leading interdisciplinary teams of academics in advancing knowledge, theory and practice in logistics and operations management.

Who is this programme for?

Those who wish to pursue an academic or professional career in logistics and operations management and related areas of study.

Special Features

Course Description

The Section comprises four distinct research groupings undertaking both specific and common research projects. The four groups are the Lean Enterprise Research Centre, The Logistics Systems Dynamics Group, the Centre for Automotive Industry Research, and the Transport & Shipping Research Group.

Particular research areas include:

The Section also has four cross-cutting strategic research themes:

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 more information on the programme structure of the MSc Social Science Research Methods pathway, 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.

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.

Entry Requirements

Suitable for graduates in business and management, logistics, and operations management.

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.

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 Cardiff Business School’s website for further information.

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 


School Website:

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Important legal information

The programme information currently being published in Course Finder is under review and may be subject to change. The final programme information is due to be published by July 2016 and will be the definitive programme outline which the University intends to offer. Applicants are advised to check the definitive programme information after the update, to ensure that the programme meets their needs.


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