The ABS Graduate School offers three doctoral degrees.

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As well as the traditional Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) we offer two professional doctorates: Doctor of Business Administration (DBA); and Doctor of Information Science (DInfSci) that combine a taught element with practice-focused research. Our research degree student numbers continue to grow year on year as part of our wider research development strategy and we now have over 100 students engaged in doctoral work as part of IMaGeS.

Research in Business, Management and Accounting (MRes/MPhil/PhD)

Doctor of Business Administration DBA Full time

Doctor of Business Administration DBA Part time

Research in the Department of Law (MRes/MPhil/PhD)

Professional Doctorate in Information Science DInfSc

Research in Information, Communication and Media (MRes/MPhil/PhD)

As well as undertaking a PGCert in Research Methods as part of their training, our doctoral students can access specialist master classes across Scotland as part of our membership of the Scottish Graduate School, a partnership between 11 Scottish Universities committed to the training and development of social science research students. Our doctoral candidates are engaged in research that spans the social sciences as well as the globe. This body of work brings a richness, diversity and depth to all three of the Research Institute themes. Over the past few years a number of clusters of research students have begun to develop around Entrepreneurship, Oil and Gas, African contexts, Information Literacy and Environmental issues.

Research graduates will be equipped with first class research skills which significantly contribute to their chosen career. All our research students receive training in qualitative and quantitative methods and are encouraged to present their work at conferences.

The Graduate School provides:

  • A supervisory team to guide and direct study
  • Purpose-built research student facilities
  • Research degree co-ordinators to look after student needs
  • Independent assessors to monitor and help keep progress on track

Research also underpins our teaching and further enhances the quality and relevance of our courses.


ABS Graduate School: Prof Seonaidh McDonald