What Will You Study

Our research is characterised by its criticality, reflexivity and the integration of theory with practice, and by a desire to help shape the world in which we live.

Given the individualised nature of research and the importance of cross-disciplinary perspectives, we normally allocate each student two supervisors. PhD study involves a large component of self-directed study but in the first year of the programme you will attend a series of taught courses and seminars to ensure you have a rigorous foundation in various methodologies and approaches to research. Special PhD workshops, attended by the Department’s full- and part-time students, provide another important way of taking your ideas forward.

Research in the Department of Leadership and Learning focuses on five broad areas: critical leadership studies and follower dynamics; management learning and action research; international management and cross-cultural studies; sociologies of work and gender studies; and human resource management and organisational behaviour. In our work, we engage with contemporary debates in a wide range of disciplines, including organisation studies, education, cultural studies and sociology, to address key theoretical challenges as well as practitioner and policy issues in management.