Research courses

As a PhD student you will receive rigorous training in research methods, outstanding supervision and mentorship, and coursework that will give you both in-depth and broad subject-specific knowledge.

What we are researching

Human resource assessment and performance 

  • Assessment for recruitment and selection
  • Employee engagement
  • Performance measurement and metrics
  • Personality assessment and development
  • Survey design
  • Human resource analytics and evaluation

Leadership and team processes

  • Leader-member exchange and relational perspectives on leadership
  • Emotions in team processes
  • Intuition, decision making and judgement
  • Personality and leadership behaviour
  • The role of leadership in creating positive and rewarding jobs
  • Negotiation, conflict management, and conflict resolution

Quality of working life

  • Pay and reward
  • Work-family interface
  • Job satisfaction, motivation, and engagement
  • Socio-demography of work
  • Job quality 
  • Perceptions of injustice in the workplace

Find a course

Find out more about applying to Surrey.

Expert support

Our Doctoral College supports the academic and professional development of postgraduate researchers to ensure our world-leading research continues to grow. There is also an extensive Researcher Development Programme run at university level.