Our doctoral students play a major role in the academic life of the Institute, contributing to formal and informal seminars, workshops and conferences. Students are co-supervised, ensuring the right mix of support is available from leading scholars and draw, where appropriate, on the wide range of expertise offered elsewhere across MBS and the University.
This may not just be scientific, technological and social science expertise, but could include the history of science and technology; science and technology studies; and ethical issues surrounding science and technology.
We offer structured yet flexible and supportive doctoral training through the highly-rated AMBS doctoral programme, with further training opportunities available through the Manchester Doctoral College and the North West Doctoral Training Centre.
We are also a member of the European Forum for the Study of Research and Innovation Policies (EU-SPRI) network of European research institutes which offers a range of doctoral and early career research training initiatives. As such, Manchester doctoral students have the opportunity to spend time working with colleagues at another EU-SPRI member institution and vice-versa.
PhD in Science, Technology and Innovation Policy
We welcome applications from candidates for our PhD programme on Science, Technology and Innovation Policy interested in studying the role and effects of public policy for science, technology and innovation in its broadest sense. For more details, please see our flyer.
Candidates might want to consider topics including:
- assessment and governance of emerging technologies
- responsibility in research and innovation
- managing and measuring science, technology and innovation policy
- knowledge production, innovation, technology deployment, and user engagement
- roles for universities, public research centres, and other organisations in science and innovation
- evaluation, foresight and strategic intelligence in science, technology and innovation policy
PhD research projects may also look at the wider governance of science, technology and innovation, including how societal, economic and state actors interact to shape scientific knowledge production and new technologies, the generation, diffusion and use of innovations, and the development of socio-technical systems.
Applicants should engage with the programme directors (Prof Jakob Edler (firstname.lastname@example.org), Prof Philip Shapira (email@example.com) or Dr John Rigby (firstname.lastname@example.org)) and potential supervisors to develop initial research topics. You can find the profiles of members of the Institute here.
For candidates wishing to start their PhD in September 2017, the deadline for applications is 30 June 2017.
The Alliance Manchester Business School is offering 2 studentships within this programme. Candidates may also be eligible to apply for funding through the University of Manchester President’s Doctoral Scholar Awards. For any of these scholarships, the initial deadline for applications is 31 March 2017; early applications are recommended. Full details of funding opportunities are available on the AMBS website.
Please note that the Institute continues to welcome PhD candidates via the Business and Management Programme.
PhD Studentship: The Northern Powerhouse and the Manchester City Region - Devolution, Innovation and Governance
A full-time, three year PhD research scholarship, including stipend and tuition fee costs, is available from September 2017. The scholarship is part of a wider research programme on ‘The Northern Powerhouse’, funded by the Alliance MBS Strategic Investment Fund, and being led by Professor Bruce Tether. The position is available to students who meet the programme entry requirements and who have outstanding potential.
The Project concerns the governance of the city-region, particularly where this: 1. involves multiple cooperating parties rather than a unitary authority; and 2. a desire to include innovation, both in procurement processes and what is procured. In the context of cooperative public procurement activities this project will investigate how different ways of forming and governing joint procurement by local public authorities impact on the ability, willingness, effectiveness and efficiency of procuring innovative goods and services. The project aims to advance an empirically grounded understanding of the governance of public procurement that facilitates innovation, and to contribute to theoretical debates concerning the enabling conditions for innovating in consensus-oriented collective action arenas. This project will be being undertaken in association with the AMBS Centre for Infrastructure Development. The PhD student assigned to this project will be supervised by Professor Jakob Edler and Professor Nuno Gil. Candidates interested in this project should have knowledge of one or more of organisational studies/science, political science, policy studies, and innovation. Competences in statistics and data analysis are desirable but not essential.
The studentship will start in September 2017 and is available for three years, with a stipend equivalent to RCUK rates (£14,296 per annum tax free for 2016/17), full university tuition fees, travel support for conferences, plus a possible fieldwork allowance (exact amounts to be confirmed).
Further details are available here.
Finding a supervisor
All members of the Institute list the themes under which they are interested in supervising doctoral students on their profile pages, and prospective students can arrange to contact a potential supervisor to discuss their proposed research. If there is a match between your suggested topic and the interests and expertise of the potential supervisor, they may then advise you to make a formal application.
Making an application
Applications are made via the Manchester Business School team. Find out more about the PhD application process >>
Part-time doctoral opportunities
MBS also offers a part-time Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) programme. The programme is offered in a ‘blended learning’ style which involves a mixture of face-to-face and on-line learning and supervision over five years. While equivalent to a PhD, it is aimed at candidates who are motivated primarily by the desire to apply insights from the latest academic research to a real-world problem.