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We have 15 Human Resource Management PhD Research Projects

A PhD in Human Resource Management explores the myriad ways in which organisations and employees interact, offering doctoral students the chance to research pressing topics in employer/employee relations, restructuring and workplace diversity.

What’s it like to do a PhD in Human Resource Management?

PhDs in Human Resource Management involve in-depth investigation into how workforces are organised and managed across different sectors. Typical research areas include:

  • Employment law and ethics
  • Employment relations
  • Gender and diversity
  • Job satisfaction
  • Labour markets
  • Organisational behaviour
  • Restructuring and reorganization
  • Sustainability

You’re likely to receive training in a range of quantitative and qualitative research methods before completing a substantial dissertation.

Human Resource Management also offers doctoral students the chance to undertake interdisciplinary research in areas like Business Management, Law and Accounting.

Entry requirements

The entry requirements for a typical PhD in Human Resource Management usually involve a Bachelors and a Masters degree in a related subject. You’ll also need to submit a compelling research proposal detailing your study plans. You may need to attend a PhD interview and submit a graduate entry test as part of the application process. Any professional experience in Human Resource Management that you have will strengthen your application.

PhD in Human Resource Management funding options

In the UK, PhDs in Human Resource Management are funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), which provides a tuition fee waiver and a living cost stipend. Depending on the programme, you may submit your own research proposal before being considered for funding, or apply for a project that already has funding attached.

It’s also possible to apply for a PhD loan to help with the costs of a doctorate in Human Resource Management (although this can’t be combined with Research Council funding). Other options for financial support include university scholarships, graduate teaching assistantships and charities.

If you’re considering a part-time PhD in Human Resource Management, it may also be worth asking your employer if they’re happy to sponsor you.

PhD in Human Resource Management careers

A PhD in Human Resource Management can prepare you for a career in both industry and academia. Your research is likely to be of use to a range of companies from SMEs through to large corporations and public sector employers.

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The diversity and inclusion implications of global digital platforms (RDF23/EIS/WHALLEY)

In today’s digital enabled economy, technology companies play a key role. Through the provision of services and technologies that have enabled innovative products and services to emerge that have been widely adopted. Read more

ESRC-Funded Studentship in the Birmingham Business School

The University of Birmingham is part of the Midlands Graduate School Doctoral Training Programme that includes Warwick, Aston, Birmingham, Leicester, Loughborough and Nottingham. Read more

Social Psychology of Managing Dignity at Work

How to apply: . Enquiries. Informal enquiries are welcomed and should be directed to Dr Vivek Soundararajan ( Read more

The Way forward for HR: Becoming Better Partners in the Organization

  Research Group: Business and Management
Since its inception the HR function has faced challenges in establishing its credentials as a truly central and strategically vital organizational function. Read more

Leadership and Meaningful Work in the Hybrid Public Sector Context

The public sector is operating in an increasingly hybrid context where complex relationships exist between public, private and third sector organisations (White et al., 2021). Read more
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