Postgraduate opportunities

Postgraduate students

The OIM Group supervises a large number of research students: PhD, DBA, full-time, part-time and from all nationalities and backgrounds. 

PhD Applicants

Application Procedure

You can apply online using the online Application Form.

The following supporting documents are required as part of the application:

  • Research proposal.

  • Copies of your qualifications.

  • Two letters of recommendation.

  • Confirmation of your TOEFL/IELTS results for those applicants from non-English speaking countries.

Entry Dates

Please note that there may be earlier closing dates for your application should you wish to be considered for funding.

Entry Date: October, April.

Application Deadline: July, October.

Contacting a Supervisor

Finding an appropriate supervisor who is an expert in your chosen area of research is essential to success in your Doctoral Programme and is an important part of the application process.

As part of the application process we recommend that you look at the OIM Group staff web pages to identify faculty who specialise in your intended area of research.  This will enable you to determine whether there is a good match between your research interest and the OIM Group.

If there is a member of staff whose research interest matches your own, we recommend that you contact them directly with a copy of your research proposal and discuss this further with them (contact e-mail addresses can be found on each individual staff page).  This will allow you to develop and strengthen your proposal and may lead to the academic offering to supervise your doctoral research.  In addition to contacting a prospective supervisor you also need to submit a formal application to the RDP office.  If you are successful in identifying a supervisor through this method it is essential that you indicate this on your application form.  Please be advised that a formal decision on your application can only be made once the application is received and processed by the RDP office.


For further information about writing a Research Proposal, Language Requirements and Registration Options, please see the Aston Business School PhD application page.

Enquiries from prospective students are welcomed. To make an informal enquiry about conducting research within Operations & Information Management please email: OIMResearch@aston.ac.uk 

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