PhD Organisation, Work & Technology

The Department welcomes able research students, suitably qualified and interested in pursuing research in the Department's areas of academic specialisation towards a MPhil/PhD. A range of social science disciplines is included in the Department and research supervision is possible in a wide number of areas.

Examples of work undertaken by past students include studies of job satisfaction and stress in psychiatric nurses; the subjective experience of time in time-bounded institutions (prisons); metaphor in organisation theory; organisation development for third world countries; ethogenic approaches to absence; alienation and authenticity and their consequences for organised work; and work, motive and meaning in the behavioural sciences.

Current doctoral work includes studies of information technology and management; cognitive aspects of management and organisation; organisational dissent; communication theory and organisation; public sector restructuring (NHS); managing transformational change; postmodernist theories of organisations.

Work for research degrees is taxing for even the most talented. To facilitate a supportive and stimulating environment for our research students, each is always allocated two supervisors. Students are encouraged to participate in the regular research and special graduate seminars held in the Department and School by staff and visiting speakers. Full-time research students are also normally expected to attend relevant parts of the MSc Human Resource and Knowledge Management lecture programme. 

A detailed description of the PhD programme can be found in the PhD Handbook.

Areas of Research

OWT staff are interested in supervising PhD topics that fall into their areas of research expertise, which are listed in detail on the Staff Supervision Interests page.

Entry requirements

You are normally expected to hold a relevant Masters degree in a relevant social science discipline, including coverage of appropriate research methodologies. We usually require a very good performance at Masters degree level (i.e. typically averaging above 65% overall and 65% in the dissertation element for UK Masters). Overseas applicants should hold equivalent qualifications. 

How to apply 

To apply for study within the Department of Organisation, Work and Technology, please use the University's online application system.