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    Our research strengths are focused in a number of groups or themes. Each of these involves externally funded research, international collaboration and the active involvement of doctoral students. There are opportunities for research students to study in any of the disciplines outlined below.

    HRM, Work and Employment

    Members of the group have a wide range of research interests in the field of human resource management, organisational studies and management history. Currently, there are particular interests in the field of international political economy as well as in new patterns of work and organisation, public sector management, gender and industrial relations. Staff members engage in individual research and collaborate with others at universities across the UK and abroad.

    Specific areas of research expertise include:

    business elites and corporate governance in France and the UK

    entrepreneurial philanthropy

    the ILO and the decent work agenda, the harmonisation of international aid

    critical perspectives on international business, post socialist transition, migration and trans-nationalism

    public service mergers and multi-agency working in the public sector

    new working patterns in mental health services

    gender and work

    the application of Foucauldian and governmentality perspectives to HRM and management especially to developments in public services in the UK

    graduate careers

    industrial relations and trade union renewal

    human resource management and performance

    employee voice and representation

    the micro¹ political economy of work, particularly inter-organisational structures and social networks

    aging societies, older workers and the world of work

    embodied and aesthetic labour

    Marketing, Operations and Systems

    Our research group activities broadly cover the areas of innovation, enterprise/entrepreneurship and policy. We have particular interests in the development and pursuit of entrepreneurial opportunities within and outside existing organisations and on the way in which emerging technology trends are interacting with new businesses, management and policy models.

    Specific areas of research expertise include:

    corporate entrepreneurship

    E-Business, E-Government and E-Learning

    entrepreneurial opportunities and new venture emergence

    information systems and social informatics

    innovation management and policy

    knowledge management and organisational learning

    technology and organisation


    Specific areas of research expertise include:

    lean operations (both manufacturing and service sectors, particularly health)

    manufacturing planning, scheduling including optimisation in stochastic environments

    layout optimisation

    group technology (applied to design and manufacturing processes)

    computer aided production management systems

    modelling, analysis and optimisation of manufacturing systems

    manufacturing and business strategy

    Strategy, Organisations and Society

    The SOS group uses social theory to explore strategic and organisational issues. Grouded in the critical / interpretative tradition, the group has a specific expertise in issues of power, discourse and change.

    Specific areas of research expertise include:

    strategy and politics

    business elites

    corporate philanthropy

    discourse analysis and the global financial crisis

    changes in the media

    organizational change


    strategy and discourse analysis

    meet the academic staff in strategy, organizations and society

    Newcastle University Business School also provides MPhil and PhD supervision in the following areas: Economics, Finance and Accounting, and Marketing.

    Our PhD programmes also form part of the Management and Business Studies pathway of the North East Doctoral Training Centre (DTC), which is funded and accredited by the ESRC and run jointly by the universities of Newcastle and Durham. This is a collaborative centre for world-class postgraduate research and training in the social sciences, which offers students a wealth of opportunities to work with leading researchers across a wide range of disciplines and benefit from high-quality training and state-of-the-art resources at both universities.

    At the generic level, the University's Humanities and Social Sciences Graduate School provides a full range of research training in professional/key skills, bibliographical techniques, and quantitative and qualitative methods.


    At the generic level, the University's Humanities and Social Sciences Graduate School provides a full range of research training in professional/key skills, bibliographical techniques, and quantitative and qualitative methods.



    An upper-second-class Honours degree, or international equivalent, in a relevant subject plus a masters degree that has achieved a merit, or equivalent, is also normally expected.

    In addition to the academic qualifications, we also value relevant work experience. If you do not have a Masters degree, you should complete the MA in Management and Business Studies (Research) before continuing onto the PhD track. If you have a Masters degree that is not recognised by the ESRC as Research Master, you will be expected to complete a PG Certificate in Research Methods in your first year of the programme.

    Applicants whose first language is not English require IELTS 7.0 (with a minimum of 6.5 in writing and speaking and a minimum 6.0 in all other sub-skills), Pearson's PTE Academic Test 69 or equivalent.

    English Language Requirements

    IELTS band: 7

    IMPORTANT NOTE: Since April 2014 the ETS tests (including TOEFL and TOEIC) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa.

    The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.

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