Strategic management and leadership

Qualifications Duration Start dates Application period
(MPhil also available)
Full time: 3–4 years
Part time: 6–8 years
February and October April to July
(February start)
November to February (October start)
PhD (MPhil also available)
Full time: 3–4 years
Part time: 6–8 years
Start dates
February and October
Application period
April to July (February start)
November to February (October start)

The SML research cluster addresses strategy research in its widest sense. We have an inclusive and broad perspective on strategic management and leadership. In contrast to strategy groups in other business schools, we do not just focus on commercial organisations and the private sector, but also consider strategy in public service organisations – including the public sector and not-for-profit organisations – which better reflects the make-up of our student population and society in general. Being culturally diverse, we have a global perspective on strategy and leadership, and we conduct research in Africa and Asia as well as the UK and Europe.

Entry requirements

Minimum 2:1 undergraduate degree (or equivalent). If you are not a UK citizen, you may need to prove your knowledge of English.

Potential research projects

Any research related to corporate social responsibility and corporate political activity. Potential research may include interactions between political aspects and social aspects of non-market strategy, non-market risk management (e.g. in foreign direct investments), CSR and CPA approaches among companies from emerging and developing economies.

International strategy

Any research related to strategies of international organisations, which can include multinational corporations, small new ventures and public service organisations with international operations. Potential research may include internationalisation approaches, strategies of African and Asian companies as well as strategic agility.

Management innovation and open innovation

Any research related to novel management practices and open innovation. Potential research may include social innovation, innovations related to the COVID-19 pandemic, managerial innovations among emerging market companies and the role of alliances in innovation.

Potential supervisors

Fees and funding

UK fee International fee
Full time: £4,786 per year Full time: £12,146 per year
Part time: £2,393 per year Part time: £6,073 per year

Some of our research students are funded via The Grand Union Doctoral Training Partnership or the Open-Oxford-Cambridge AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership; some are funded by University studentships; others are self-funded.

For detailed information about fees and funding, visit Fees and studentships.

To see current funded studentship vacancies across all research areas, see Current studentships.


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How to apply

Get in touch

If you have an enquiry specific to this research topic, please contact:

Lin Nilsen

Email: FBL-PHD
Phone: +44 (0)1908 858365

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If you’re interested in applying for this research topic, please take a look at the application process.