Stirling Management School Research Degrees

Stirling Management School focuses on social, economic, environmental, cultural and thus business responsibility, to challenge and benefit students, businesses and communities. Our research impacts people's lives by enabling public interests to be identified, understood and realised in Scotland and throughout the world.

Taught programmes

Stirling Management School has a wide range of taught postgraduate programmes, follow this link for further details.

World-leading Research

Stirling Management School is committed to a research-led approach in all of its activities, and this was endorsed by the results of the most recent RAE (Research Assessment Exercise) with all outputs being rated at an international level, with an impressive proportion deemed to be world leading. Indeed, across all three units of assessment relevant to the School (Accounting and Finance, Economics and Econometrics, and Business and Management studies), 85 percent of outputs were assessed to be at an international level. Accounting and Finance was ranked 1st equal in Scotland and 5th in the UK, and in Business and Management Studies the School was identified as having world-leading activity in Retail Studies; Social Marketing; Public Sector; Consumption, Markets and Cultures; Contemporary Workplaces.

Research opportunities

The School is research-led. Research is the foundation for our unique activity, educating individuals in the use of academic reasoning to understand issues in management.

The School complements its critical focus on the core issues in management with the development of distinctive competencies in niche and specialist areas, notably: Accounting and Finance; Consumers, Cultures and Society; Economics; Healthcare Management; Retail Studies; Socio-Management; Social Marketing and Surveillance and Privacy.

Accounting and Finance

We welcome proposals in all areas of Accounting and Finance. Special preference will be given to proposals that are related to on-going research in the School, for example, financial reporting and auditing, accounting history, empirical corporate finance, and investment management.


Economics welcomes applications related to environmental and energy economics, labour and education economics, economic history, money, banking and finance, as well as applied economics and applied econometrics. Economics contributes to both the Scottish Graduate Programme in Economics (SGPE) and the Scottish Institute for Research in Economics (SIRE).

Institute for Retail Studies

The Institute for Retail Studies undertakes both applied and theoretical research into the field of retailing and the wider distributive trades. Sector research includes the food, clothing, charity and duty free sectors; functional research, such as studies into buying and merchandising, logistics and supply chain management; as well as country-wide research, such as examining the structure of retailing in Japan, Singapore and the USA.

Stirling Institute for People-Centred Healthcare Management

This is a cross disciplinary Institute bringing together clinical, corporate, economic and community perspectives for critical inquiry into the organisational, managerial and community challenges of healthcare in Scotland, the UK and internationally. Proposals are welcomed on theory, policy, practice gaps and their management – from public health to tertiary care, children’s health to older people’s health.

Stirling Institute for Socio-Management

The Institute invites proposals to critically investigate aspects of business administration, management, work and socio-economic development, taking account of the wider social and economic contexts in which those subjects can be positioned. We particularly welcome applications in the areas of working lives; surveillance; social identity; corporate social responsibility; organisation governance; socio-economic development; creativity; human health and wellbeing and creative enterprises; and Social Marketing, including its use in health behaviour change.

Researchers from the Stirling Institute for Socio-Management advise Scottish and UK government on surveillance, tobacco and alcohol marketing and provide Cancer Research UK with research findings to back up their campaigns. The Institute also engages in Knowledge Transfer Partnerships.

‘Public budgets shrink, so it’s vital that arts organisations can tell people why their art is worth the money. Our KTP has helped macrobert developing this survival skill and it’s great to see them go for ambitious arts projects that will make a real impact on our community.’
Dr Doris Ruth Eikhof, Stirling Institute for Socio-Management and KTP Knowledge Base supervisor

Entrance requirements for Stirling Management School

A PhD is demanding academically and we expect candidates to demonstrate evidence of high levels of academic achievement. We normally look for students for PhD or MPhil degrees to have a good upper second class or first class honours degree or equivalent in a subject relevant to the field of study and/or a distinction or near distinction in a Master’s degree.

Additional specific requirements for PhDs in the field of Economics are: a satisfactory pass from the MSc in Economics – SGPE or from an equivalent Master’s.

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Mode of Study

Research degrees start throughout the academic year

  • PhD: normally three years, full-time, longer part-time
  • MPhil: normally two years, full-time

Part-time study is available over a longer period.

Contact details

Doctoral Research Programme Contact
School office
Tel: +44 (0) 1786 467312
N.B. To enable us to direct your enquiry to the most appropriate person, please state clearly your research interest.

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