PhD/MPhil in Management

A doctorate by research is the highest degree that a student can gain from a university.

As such, it is imperative that you are supervised by a top academic, as well as receiving top quality research methods training to guide your research.

Our underlying principle is to ensure that doctoral research is of a very high standard, the experience of our students is excellent, and that, through our programme, we are significantly advancing understanding about economies, markets, organisations and about the flourishing of those who work within them and are served by them.

As a PhD student you will be linked with one of Aston Business School's seven academic groups with supervisors drawn from one or more of them.

Research Groups:

Potential applicants are invited to apply for topics advertised or submit their own research proposal. Please see topics below.

SME Internationalisation

Why are some SMEs able to attain significant growth through internationalisation, yet others stagnate? This study examines the decision processes of SMEs embarking on an international strategy, and has major implications for Governments seeking to improve the international competitiveness of their economies.

 Full Proposal Detail


Student Profile

Student Profile

Bernadette Frech

'ABS is a highly service-oriented institution with a great atmosphere and culture. The study conditions in terms of supervisory teams, academic and administrative staff, and study facilities are outstanding.'

Further information on all these courses is available from the Research Degrees Programme Administrator (Jeanette Ikuomola).

Employable Graduates; Exploitable Research