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Project Management PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships

We have 10 Project Management PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships

What is a PhD in Project Management?

  • PhDs in Project Management are doctoral research degrees that allow students to deeply explore a particular aspect of managing projects.
  • Specifics vary drastically between programmes, but may involve research into the methodologies of project management, the impact of leadership styles on project outcomes, and the effectiveness of project management tools and techniques.
  • Entry requirements typically include an undergraduate degree in an appropriate subject such as Business, Management, or Engineering. A relevant Masters degree may also be required depending on the programme.

Why study a PhD in Project Management?

Develop Skills and Knowledge

A PhD in Project Management allows you to not only develop your own knowledge of project management, but also to make a unique, original contribution to the subject as a whole. By doing so, you will hone a variety of transferable skills, such as:

  • Research and Analytical Skills: Ability to design, conduct, and analyse complex research projects.
  • Critical Thinking and Problem-Solving: Expertise in evaluating project management theories and practices to address challenges.
  • Communication and Presentation Skills: Proficiency in effectively conveying ideas and findings to diverse audiences.

Further Career Development

If you're hoping for a career in academia, a PhD is typically required. Other research-based careers may likewise require a PhD, and even when they don't, employers will value the research skills and knowledge developed during your degree. For more information, please visit our PhD employability guide.

After completing your PhD in Project Management, a potential career option might be employment as a Project Manager. According to UK salary data from Glassdoor, a Project Manager earns an average of £48,775 per year, dependent on factors such as experience, employer and employment location.

Improve Employability

Completing a PhD may also improve your employability. According to the UK government's LEO Graduate and Postgraduate Outcomes survey, 87% of Business & Management PhD students were in further education or employment three years after graduation.

What do prospective Business & Management PhD students think about study?

We host the Pulse postgraduate survey to understand the motivations, concerns and expectations of students just like you. For prospective Business & Management PhD students in 2023:

  • 78% were either positive or very positive about employment after graduation.
  • 64% preferred on campus learning, 13% preferred online/distance learning, and 23% preferred a blended approach.
  • 23% were interested in part-time study.
  • In order of popularity, the top three study motivations were:
    • Subject interest
    • Skills development
    • Challenge

If you'd like to make your voice heard, why not complete our survey? Your feedback will help us ensure our site is as helpful as possible for students like you!

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