University of Essex

PhD Human Resource Management and Organisation Studies

About Program

PhD Human Resource Management and Organisation Studies gives you the opportunity to interrogate the theories and practice of organisation in relation to work, management and the experience of employment.
We welcome applications from students from a variety of backgrounds and nationalities, with wide ranging social science and interdisciplinary research interests, including recent graduates from a range of disciplines, experienced practitioners, professionals, and policy makers.
We welcome theses exploring research that considers the historical, socio-economic, cultural, and political context within which work, and its organisation takes place, as well as that which has critical implications for contemporary organisational and management practices.
You can tailor your research to a profession or sector of your choice and may choose to pursue research in one of the following areas:

human resource management and approaches to wellbeing
environmental sustainability and ethics
sociology and social psychology of work
employee relations
work and organisation studies
gender, diversity, and intersectionality in the workplace
creativity and organisational change
information systems in organisations
precarious employment and vulnerability
public sector change and reorganisation
organisational spatiality and design

Essex Business School, where this course is based, provides a highly flexible and supportive PhD experience, where your supervisors develop your professional skills and research expertise in your chosen area.
Your future
Essex Business School fosters the business leaders and researchers of the future. Our PhD graduates use their creativity, innovation, and ethical awareness to meet the many challenges facing the international business world.
Many of our graduates enjoy careers in academia and organisations in the public and private sectors, including at some of the world’s most well-known organisations and exciting SMEs, such as:

KPMG Group
Right Freight Pvt Ltc
Copal Partners
Capital Markets Intelligence, a financial publisher
Credit Data Research, a business funder
Many now also run their own growing businesses, including international business incubator 0100Ventures and entrepreneurship website SlovakSTARTUP.

PhD Human Resource Management and Organisation Studies students can also take advantage of the services offered by the Student Development Team, including careers advice; work experience; internships; placements; and voluntary opportunities.

Entry Requirements

  • English Language Proficiency
    • TOEFL : 88 (with minimum component scores: listening 17, reading 18, writing 17, and speaking 20)
    • IELTS : 7 (with a minimum of 6.5 in each component)
  • Academic Score/Qualifications
    • Master Degree : 2.5 (with 2.50 or above from Master degree)


Common documents
Academic Transcript
Degree Certificates
Required for final assessment of the Institution
English Proficiency Certificate

Education Level

PHD/Doctor (S3)

Study Area

Human Resource Management

Study Duration

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition Fee

GBP 17,900/year

Intake Submission deadline
Oct 2023 -
Jan 2024 -
Apr 2024 -
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We are top 30 in the UK (The Complete University Guide 2022).

With over 15,500 students from more than 140 different countries, making us one of the most internationally diverse universities on the planet – you’ll find the world in one place here at Essex. We’re proud to have provided excellence in research and excellence in education for over 50 years.

At Essex, you’re taught by world-leading academics in a support and research-intensive environment. Our trailblazing research continues to change the world for the better and we are ranked 25th in the UK for research quality (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021).

Whether you study in the beautiful historic parkland of our Colchester Campus, the bustling lively town centre of Southend-on-Sea, or in our stately home at Loughton, this is your chance to become a member of one of the happiest groups of students around. The flexibility of our courses gives you the power to pursue the things that matter to you. Now’s your chance to join Nobel Prize-winners, award-winning directors, presidents, well-loved actors, astronauts and over 100,000 other alumni who have gone on to shape the world and share their Essex spirit.

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Unique Selling Point

We are Top 30 in the UK (The Complete University Guide 2022) Ranked 7th in the UK for Politics and International Studies in the QS World University Rankings by Subject (2021 25th for international outlook in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2022 Top 50 for politics and sociology in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021 Number one university in the UK for Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs), the flagship Innovate UK programme.
Annual tuition fee start from

GBP 8,280





Colchester Campus

Colchester Campus

University of Essex Wivenhoe Park Colchester CO4 3SQ


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