Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship MPhil, PhD

Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
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:



Annual Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship Award 2016


Cutting edge research is at the heart of the Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Research plays a key role in understanding business success, by providing individuals and teams with critical insights into how to launch a business, or make a new or existing enterprise more successful.

Active research underpins our ability to deliver an outstanding teaching experience at the forefront of our discipline. Students will have the opportunity to work with leading researchers and industry diplomacy and related disciplines professionals in order to gain first-hand experience of real-life problem solving.

At Loughborough University London, you will have the opportunity to work with top researchers in the field, gaining first-hand experience of doing academic research relevant for real-life problem solving. Presentation of research findings at key national and international conferences is an important part of your training. You will be actively encouraged to engage with research communities across the globe and you will become part of a talented research community within the University.

The academics you will interact with as part of your Entrepreneurship and Innovation PhD are actively undertaking research in collaboration with a variety of industries and have links with ambitious, forward-thinking organisations who work with the Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship on a variety of projects.

Our facilities

Loughborough University London benefits from excellent learning and teaching facilities. Our purpose-built lecture theatres and seminar rooms are fitted with the highest quality audio and visual equipment to ensure you can enjoy a truly immersive and stimulating learning experience.

The campus offers a range of versatile workspaces to cater for independent study, group activities and collaborative project work.

You will also benefit from 24/7 access to our campus Library, which has over 5000 print items and access to 1.2 million e-books, journals and research papers via the University's online resources. You will also be able to choose from over 602,000 print items to borrow from Loughborough's Pilkington Library, which can then be delivered to the London campus for free.

We also offer and Inter-Library Loan service, which is a fantastic service for our Research students because it provides access to electronic articles that are not available from Loughborough University Library. This will give you access to thousands of articles from other libraries around the UK and occasionally from overseas that you may need for research purposes. Sometimes these resources can be obtained as photocopies or PDFs which you can then keep.

If you want to discover more information about what we have to offer at Loughborough University London, you can book a guided campus tour here.

Who should apply

The Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship welcomes applications from high-achieving students with a passion for research into many different forms of enterprise in the real world. If you have a passion for innovation and creativity in the world of business and entrepreneurship, a PhD with the Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship could be for you.

Entry requirements

An honours degree (2:1 or above) or equivalent overseas qualification. Applications from students with an MSc or MRes in a relevant area (60% gpa or up) are preferred.

IELTS: overall 7, with minimum 6.5 in each component.

Research areas

Our research focuses on harnessing the innovative strategy of new and existing enterprises, to maximise successful entrepreneurial behaviour. Current research within the Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship can be categorised into three main themes:

Theme one: Digital Innovation

  • Collaboration between organisations to create innovation from a social network perspective
  • Digital enterprise
  • Online entrepreneurial activity

Theme two: Social Science and Enterprise

  • Entrepreneurial creativity and imagination
  • Gender intersectionality and entrepreneurship

Theme three: Business Development

  • Entrepreneurship and family firms
  • Innovation and entrepreneurship across generations
  • Governance in family firms, including boards, trustees, and family councils
  • Family versus non-family relationships
  • Leadership
  • Decision making
  • The importance of cultural, political, legal and economic context
  • Adoption of technological innovation by small firms

Our research groups

  • Adoption of technological innovation by small firms
  • Entrepreneurial creativity and imagination
  • Entrepreneurship and family firms
  • Management buy - outs in family owned companies
  • Digital enterprise
  • Online entrepreneurial activity
  • Collaboration between organisations to create innovation from a social network perspective
  • Gender intersectionality and entrepreneurship

Your personal and professional development

Support and guidance that you'll gain from your supervisor

You will be supported to make original discoveries, and will utilise applied research and sociocultural, innovative ideas to benefit local and international communities.

As a PhD student with the Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, you will become part of a vibrant, interdisciplinary research community, and will benefit from high-quality research training delivered by our world-class academics with a passion for enterprise, innovation and entrepreneurship.

Academics from the Institute have experience and expertise from a range of disciplines, including philosophy, economics, international business, entrepreneurship, investment banking and more.

Skills and experience that you can expect to gain

By undertaking research into Innovation and Entrepreneurship, you will develop a range of new skills through creative thinking, analytical reasoning and real-life problem solving. Presenting at research conferences and events will also enable you to improve your speaking and networking skills, and could provide you with new opportunities to meet new people, work alongside creative and progressive start-ups and travel overseas.

Future career prospects

Graduating with a PhD in Innovation and Entrepreneurship will provide you with a strong understanding of the complexity of the innovation process and its importance in the real world. This focused knowledge, combined with a varied skill set will enable you to better understand the makeup of an organisation, in order to drive its future success in the global market place.

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.

Who you'll be working with

How to apply

All applications for research opportunities are made online here. We strongly recommend contacting the department in advance of submitting an application to discuss your ideas.

If you’d like to make an application to study a PhD in Entrepreneurship and Innovation, we recommend contacting your preferred supervisor in advance to discuss your research proposal in more detail. Please use our online application portal to submit your research proposal, and clearly outline the research question you intend to address. You should also include an overview of your subject area and proposed research methods.

Applications for research should indicate the Institute within which you would like to conduct your PhD and preferably the member(s) of staff whose research area is of most interest to you. A brief research proposal should be included in your application.

Email Professor Wilfred Dolfsma, Director of the Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship or to apply direct.

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