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School of Business and Management
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PhD and Research

We attract some of the world’s brightest minds, who work and study together in an exceptional, inspirational environment.
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Our unique approach to research allows scholarship of international quality to flourish. Students are attracted to the School due to our distinctive focus on social justice, sustainability and good governance.

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Research Training

The School has a comprehensive training programme available for PhD Researchers. The formal PhD Taught Programme provided by SBM is a compulsory component of your work as a postgraduate researcher in your first year. After the first year, PhD researchers are encouraged to attend selected components of the training programme.

Personal Research Allowance

The School provides an annual budgetary allowance to full-time and part-time PhD researchers, to contribute towards the costs of their research and to enable their participation in external developmental events. Research-related expenses may include expenditure on books, conferences, training courses, travel and subsistence for research activities and, in certain cases, specialist software.

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Queen Mary is part of the London Interdisciplinary Social Science (LISS) Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) with King’s College and Imperial College. LISS DTP is an Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Doctoral Training Partnership, offering a range of social science research workshops and training sessions, which are open to all PhD researchers at SBM.

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Students have access to the annual PhD Symposium and the PhD Poster Forum, as well as courses offered by different sources (Academic Development, QM Thinking Writing, Queen Mary Careers Service, and other externally available components), as well as the School Research Seminar Series. The seminars aim to foster a dynamic and interdisciplinary research culture, emanating across the social sciences and humanities in support of individual scholarship and collaborative research.

View all upcoming and previous research events organised by the School of Business and Management.

Our expert careers consultants are on hand to assist you in selecting and applying for the roles or pathways which are right for you and your career. They organise employability talks, workshops, and networking opportunities. Students also have access to training and development opportunities through the Queen Mary Academy.

There are opportunities for our students to undertake paid teaching work to help them to develop teaching skills and gain invaluable insights into a key part of the academic profession. Our PhD researchers go on to work in education, research and business institutions across the world.

62%PhD researchers in 2020/21 are female

Over 20Nationalities represented across our research students

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We are a member of the Russell Group of leading UK universities

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