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Postgraduate Research (PhD)
The school has a number of PhD opportunities across a wide range of research themes.
The Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD) is the highest-level academic qualification you can attain. The Queen’s Management School Doctoral Programme is set up as a journey to the boundaries of knowledge in Accounting, Economics, Finance and Management. We prepare you to cross these boundaries and contribute to the process of scientific knowledge creation.
We will support you in this process with a faculty of leading scholars and a network of international partnerships with other top-ranked universities. This means that you will have access to a broad set of facilities and specialised courses, and you are able to build a global knowledge network with top scholars from around the world. This ensures you will receive unmatched support to maximise your chances of achieving excellence in your doctoral research.
The Chartered Association of Business Schools counts Queen’s Management School among the top 10 per cent of UK research-intensive business schools. A Queen’s Management School PhD enables you to differentiate yourself through top academic research. It prepares you for an academic career, but exposes you to skills that are useful in a business or public policy career as well.
Our doctoral programme is centred on the preparation of a research thesis of approximately 80,000 words, which must contain material of publishable standard. You will write this thesis under the guidance of a supervisory team consisting of two academics based at Queen’s Management School. Subject-specific training is also gained through attending our weekly seminars in accounting, economics, finance and management, all of which attract leading international experts. The thesis is awarded after a successful oral examination with an internal and external examiner. The normal period of study is three years for full-time students, and six years for part-time students.
Students at Queen’s Management School are required to develop a wide range of skills and competencies in addition to their subject-specific knowledge. Our Postgraduate Researcher Development Programme aims to support postgraduate research students in developing these skills. Over the course of study you are expected to attend postgraduate skills training organised by the Graduate School. Additionally, we run our own weekly postgraduate skills seminar that covers a variety of topics, such as innovative research methods, the business school job market, and academic publication strategies. We regularly invite employers and graduates to speak with current students, and actively support students when they attend international conferences and workshops. We run an annual Doctoral Colloquium, and help to prepare those students who seek to go on the academic job market.
Students enrolled on the Queen’s Management School Doctoral Programme register for one of four PhD degrees. Each has particular research strengths, outlined below.
The Accounting Subject Group focuses on governance, reporting, control and change in the public sector and in the wider not-for-profit sector, particularly in the areas of charities and social enterprise organisations.
The Economics Subject Group covers three main areas:
The research in our Finance Subject Group relates to three themes:
In the Management Subject Group, high quality research is being conducted in four broad themes:
A research priority for Queen’s Management School is the development of interdisciplinary teams of researchers to carry out innovative, empirically-based research across a wide range of business and management topics. The Queen’s Management School Doctoral Programme lies at the heart of this effort, and students from across the four subject areas share facilities and enjoy the support of teams of supervisors that cross disciplinary boundaries.
Additionally, Queen’s Management School hosts three interdisciplinary research centres. Research students benefit from attending the world-class activities organised by these centres, and from engaging with the leading international experts that they attract.
Admissions onto the Queen’s Management School PhD programme is subject to stringent entrance criteria, the submission of a proposal outlining your intended line of research, references and, where appropriate, proof of linguistic and academic ability.
Academic entry qualifications:
Postgraduate Research Administrator:
An interdisciplinary research centre which aims to promote social, behavioural, and management science research into issues relating to health and other dimensions of human wellbeing.Read more
Promoting research focusing on the themes of accountability in the charity and public sectors; financial institutions; and managing in the charity and public sectors.Read more
“I decided to do my PhD in Economics at Queen’s University Belfast because of its global reputation in economic history combined with the practical knowledge its academics have working with industry, and through having access to a real Trading Room. I was also able to avail of funding through the China Scholarship Council which provides joint funding with Queen’s to cover tuition fees and some additional costs."Read more
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