Manchester Institute of Innovation Research

Postgraduate research

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 (, Prof Philip Shapira ( or Dr John Rigby ( 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 2018, the deadline for applications is June 2018.

The Alliance Manchester Business School offers 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, 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.

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.


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The Manchester Institute of Innovation Research is a centre of excellence in the field of innovation studies, building on a 50-year tradition of innovation and science studies in Manchester.

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    Alliance Manchester Business School
    Booth Street East
    M13 9SS, UK

  • Phone: +44 (0) 161 306 1320

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