Business and Economics MPhil, PhD

Business and Economics
Entry requirements:
2:1 +
3 years (PhD), 2 years (MPhil)
6 years (PhD), 4 years (MPhil)
Start date:
January, April, July, October 2018
UK/EU fees:
International fees:


Top 1%

of Business Schools in the world

to hold AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA accreditation


for Business Studies

The Sunday Times/Times Good University Guide 2016


of research rated 'world-leading' or 'internationally recognised'

REF 2014


We are passionate about the research we do here at Loughborough and have built at dynamic research community that inspires talented researchers from around the world to explore research questions that matter – both at the forefront of academic debate and in addressing the challenges faced by policy makers and the world of business.

Our doctoral researchers study towards a PhD or MPhil in Business and Management, Economics, or Information Science. Each doctoral researcher, working under the supervision of two or more supervisors, will join one of the School’s Discipline Groups and quite often become a member of a Research Centre or Research Interest Group.

As a doctoral student, you will join whichever discipline group suits your research interests best. Whether you are a prospective doctoral student interested in microeconomics or consumer behaviour, or an industry leader seeking to fund vital research about international marketing strategies, the School of Business and Economics is well-placed to provide the right opportunities for you, in order to realise your ambitions.

Beginning a research degree is perhaps the most exciting and demanding phase in any academic career. As the pinnacle of academic qualifications it marks the transition from being largely taught by others to becoming an independent academic, conducting your own research and developing your own ideas. Our goal is to guide you through that process of becoming a fully-fledged academic or researcher.

The School of Business and Economics is a Top-10 UK business school, among just 1% of business schools in the world to be triple accredited with AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), Loughboorugh University was placed 13th in the UK, out of more than 100 institutions who submitted Business and Management entries, based on 'research power', which is a measure of overall ranking multiplied by the number of researchers whose work was submitted.

Entry requirements

A Masters qualification in a relevant subject with an average programme mark of 65% or above (or overseas equivalent) and a good honours degree in a relevant discipline (minimum 2:1). In exceptional cases, substantial professional work experience/qualifications may also be taken into consideration.

See our full list of International Qualification Equivalencies for all countries. Degrees must be obtained from a university or institution recognised by Loughborough University. Please contact us to clarify if required.

All applicants for admission to Loughborough University must have a qualification in English Language before they can be admitted to any course or programme, whether their first language is English or not.

IELTS: overall 7.0 with minimum 7.0 in each component

TOEFL with an overall score of 100 with minimum subtest scores of Reading and Listening 26, Speaking 25, Writing 28

See full list of English language qualifications we accept, with full details on each.

Research areas

Centre for Information Management

The Centre’s main purpose is to undertake internationally recognised research for the benefit of the individual, organisations, government and society. In particular the Centre aims to evidence the significance and value of information; challenge thinking and practice around information management; and improve performance through analysis, interpretation and judgement of information.

Centre for Professional Work and Society

The Centre conducts independent research on issues affecting work, professions and society. Members of the Centre deliver high-quality research that contributes to national and international debates around the changing landscape of contemporary professional work.

Centre for Service Management

The Centre conducts multi-interdisciplinary research relevant to the private, public and third sector service organisations; providing new knowledge to inform academics and educate managers through the exploration of theory and practice of service management.

Centre for Productivity and Performance

This Centre focuses on research in different fields of productivity, efficiency and performance measurement, and related areas, such as industrial organisation and decision and risk analysis. Its research portfolio aims to assist decision and policy makers in evaluating and improving the performance of firms and public sector bodies.

The Centre brings together researchers from different disciplines - from Economics and Econometrics to Operational Research and Management Science.

Accounting and Finance Discipline Group

This Discipline Group’s research interests span a broad spectrum of methodologies ranging from social science-orientated techniques to applied financial economics. The key objective of group members is to produce research that is rigorous but also relevant to contemporary accounting and finance issues/debates. Many group members possess professional as well as academic qualifications.

A number of group members serve/have served on prestigious academic and practitioner boards as well as holding editorial positions in key academic journals in their respective fields.

Economics Discipline Group

The Economics Discipline Group undertakes rigorous and relevant applied research in microeconomics, macroeconomics and econometrics, with a view to applying the powerful and flexible tools of economics to both understand and inform the economic decisions of individuals, firms, governments and other institutions.

The group’s research interests and expertise span five key areas, namely applied econometrics and productivity analysis, financial economics and banking, monetary economics and development, international economics and trade, and industrial economics.

Human Resource Management and Organisational Behaviour Discipline Group

This group is an interdisciplinary social science teaching and research group that brings together academics interested in a broad range of ‘people management’ issues. Psychology and sociology are major disciplinary influences, but some members of the group also take historical and geographical approaches.

The Group conducts research in three broad areas: organisation studies, work psychology and employment relations, with output ranging from traditional academic scholarship to work with a significant impact on public policy and management.

Information Management Discipline Group

The research carried out by the Information Management Discipline Group is led by the Centre for Information Management. The Centre undertakes world-leading research on the effective management of information and knowledge assets, investigating big data, mobile technologies, email, social networks and social media, open and linked data, knowledge management in the voluntary sector, and much more.

International Business, Strategy and Innovation Discipline Group

This group comprises teachers and researchers whose work draws on multiple disciplines including economics, sociology, psychology, anthropology and political science.

The group is committed to the advancement of world-class management scholarship and to the development of ideas that will help managers make better sense of some of the most complex problems of globalisation and the technology revolution.

Management Science and Operations Discipline Group

This group is multidisciplinary, bringing together expertise in operations, systems and decision making.

The group is committed to improving management practice by designing and implementing analytic approaches that help tackle routine, strategic or policy problems. The approaches are typically supported by models that can often be represented mathematically or visually and built using specialist software.

Marketing and Retailing Discipline Group

This group is a team of dynamic, research-oriented individuals with expertise in a number of key areas within marketing and retail. The group is extremely successful in achieving its primary aim of advancing knowledge and thinking in these disciplines through high quality, basic and applied research.

Research Interest Groups

Research Interest Groups (RIGs) are individual clusters of faculty, researchers and PhD students working on a common research theme. These groups evolve over time and represent emerging strength in the School;

  • Behavioural Decision Sciences
  • Business Education and Economics
  • Emergency Management
  • Firms in the Global Economy
  • Knowledge Management
  • Logistics and Transportation Analytics
  • Management Accounting
  • Money and Developing Economies
  • Simulation Practice
  • Trade Agreements, Negotiation Strategy, Investment and Technology (TRANSIT)
  • Town Centres

Your personal and professional development

Support from your supervisor

As a PhD student in the School of Business and Economics, you will have regular meetings with your supervisor(s); a member of academic staff with appropriate expertise. The Director of Research Degree Programmes can provide additional guidance and pastoral support, as can other academic staff if appropriate.

As a doctoral researcher you will join a lively community of research students and staff, becoming an integral part of the School’s research culture. Conference and symposia attendance is encouraged as is the development of joint publications with your Supervisor, which will enable you to hone and develop your research. These activities are partially supported by a dedicated fund, open to all research students on a year-by-year basis.

Doctoral researchers enjoy close interaction and collaboration with academic staff - pre-eminent researchers who are well regarded within their respective fields and active in research, publishing and professional organisations.

Skills and experience

A PhD programme will give you the opportunity to develop new and highly sought after skills which can set you up for a range of careers. It’s a chance to make a novel contribution to knowledge, to become a world expert in a particular field, and it can open a range of doors with different employers. You'll also enhance your interpersonal skills, such as networking and relationship building, which will be invaluable in your future career.

As a doctoral researcher in the School of Business and Economics, there are also opportunities to develop skills in supporting undergraduate teaching, as tutorial or laboratory assistants.

Future career prospects

Recent graduate destinations include:

  • ESMD Global Network, Consultant
  • Bosch, Sourcing Manager
  • The British University in Egypt, Lecturer
  • Trakya University, Turkey, Lecturer
  • Bangkok University, Lecturer
  • Queen’s University Belfast, Lecturer

Fees and funding


Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessment and operating University facilities such as the library, IT equipment and other support services. University fees and charges can be paid in advance and there are several methods of payment, including online payments and payment by instalment. Special arrangements are made for payments by part-time students.

Our facilities

You will have access to spacious study areas, with the latest audio-visual equipment to support teaching and learning.

As a PhD student in the School of Business and Economics, you can access the following additional facilities:

  • Access to the newly refurbished School of Business and Economics' dedicated PhD lounge, which consists of an open plan office, modern facilities and a relaxed social area
  • Training courses and seminars throughout your PhD study
  • Access to library and IT services, both and off campus
  • Funds to support conference travel and subsistence

How to apply

If you can't find a suitable PhD opportunity that fits your interests and experience from our funded (studentships) and unfunded opportunities, you can submit a research proposal to the School of Business and Economics in the hope of finding a supervisor who will work with you on your dream proje

Your application should include an extensive outline of your proposed topic of research. This should include a statement justifying the choice of topic; the aims, objectives and methodology; plus proposed references. No application can be considered without this outline.