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Business MPhil/PhD

The University of Worcester welcomes applications to undertake research towards MPhil and PhD degrees in Business.

Research at Worcester has grown significantly in the last 10 years as the University itself has expanded. As a research student you will join a vibrant student community in our Research School and become part of our dynamic research environment.

You will have the opportunity to be supervised by leading researchers in your field and take advantage of our rich Researcher Development programme which will help you to develop the skills and knowledge you need to complete your research degree but also enhance the skills you will need in any future career.


Our MPhil/PhD research degree programme offers you:

Wide variety of research interests

The Worcester Business School has a strong mix of academics with a high degree of professional and personal experience, enabling you to get the most out of your programme. Our staff have expertise in a range of business areas, but are particular interested in supporting topics in the following more specific areas: business ethics and sustainability; careers; consumer behaviour; corporate strategy; employee relations; entrepreneurship/small business; human resources management; international business; leadership; management of diversity; operations management; project management; risk management; services marketing; time-related individual differences; and training and development.

Excellent supervision

Benefit from a professional and challenging relationship with your supervisory team, drawn from experienced academics working at the forefront of their disciplines.


Access to our dedicated quiet work space in our newly refurbished Research School. The School is located in the heart of Worcester City Centre, just a 2 minute walk from the train station. Facilities for research students include PCs, workspace for laptop users, secure storage, shared books and social space. Access to the University of Worcester’s virtual resources and its state of the art library facilities. A dedicated research student office in the Business School and membership, as appropriate, of one of our four research groups: Careers and Leadership Development Group, Complex Customer Interactions Group, Managing Risk, Operations and Sustainability Group and the Digital Economy Research Group.

Recent successful projects in Business have involved research on: the career success of males in two public sector, female-dominated occupations; and temporal intelligence in leadership. Whilst, some of our current research students are exploring small and medium-sized enterprises in Nigeria; the relationship between student work placements and graduate employment; and men’s work-life balance.

How to apply

How to apply

Please make your application via our online application form. If you have any questions, please contact the Research School on 01905 542182 or

Before you submit a full application, please contact Dr Catharine Ross ( to discuss your research project and the availability of appropriate supervision.



Dr Robin Bell
Expertise: entrepreneurship/small business; international business and management; cross cultural communication.

Professor Howard Cox
Expertise: business history; economics of the firm; corporate strategy.

Professor Jan Francis-Smythe
Expertise: occupational psychology and HR: selection and assessment; career development and appraisal; training; employee relations and motivation; organisational development and change; leadership; counselling and personal development.

Dr Marwa Gad Mohsen
Expertise: time and temporality in consumer research; innovation adoption behaviour and decision making / symbolic adoption; organic food and foodie trends; fashion marketing and luxury consumption; ageing consumers and self-service technology acceptance.

Dr Mark Loon
Expertise: HR/OB. Topics relating to personality and dispositions; selection methods; learning and development; innovativeness and creativity strategy: resource-based view of strategy; business models; design and innovation.

Dr Pamella Murray-Hopkin
Expertise: leadership; teamwork; coaching and mentoring.

Dr Lynn Nichol
Expertise: work based learning; professional identity; narrative research/ethnography; psychological contract/survivor syndrome/downsizing; learning and development; careers; employee relations; faith based organisation.

Richard Nicholls
Expertise: services marketing; customer-to-customer interaction; ageing service customers; customer misbehaviour.

Dr Gerry Palmer
Expertise: employee relations; trade unions.

Dr Catharine Ross
Expertise: diversity in organisations; workplace culture and politics; sociology of the professions; workplace diversity and equality; employee relations; management development; careers.

Dr Abdulmaten Taroun
Expertise: project management; operations management; decision making and risk analysis; risk management; enterprise risk management (ERM); quality management; construction management; performance management; sustainability and sustainable development.

Dr Vessela Warren
Expertise: innovation management; knowledge management in innovation; new service development (NSD) processes; innovation and sustainability; barriers and enablers to service innovation; strategic innovation; the role of the networks into the innovation process; service design; service co-creation; servitization.

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