Business and Economics

If you’re looking to study a PhD at a triple-accredited (AACSB, EQUIS, AMBA) top-ten UK business school then Loughborough could be for you.

In the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF, 2014) we were ranked 13th in the UK, out of more than 100 institutions who submitted business and management entries, based on 'research power'.

We are passionate about the research we do here at Loughborough and have built a 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.

Why study a Business and Economics research degree

You will join a lively community of researchers 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 supervisors, which will enable you to hone and develop your research. These activities are partially supported by a dedicated fund, open to all doctoral researchers.

There are also opportunities to develop skills in supporting undergraduate teaching, or as tutorial assistants.

Our current PhD opportunities

We’re excited to announce that we have a wide range of funded opportunities available.

Funded PhDs will be awarded on a competitive basis within the School. Funding decisions will be confirmed early in 2022. All of our PhD students join one of our seven Academic Groups. Details of the exact offer, including entry requirements and the PhD topics each group will consider application in, can be found below.

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What our researchers say

Support from your supervisors

Beginning a research degree is perhaps the most exciting and demanding phase in any academic career.

As the pinnacle of academic qualification, 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 PhD graduate equipped for a wide range of rewarding professional careers.

You will have regular meetings with your supervisors - members of academic staff with appropriate expertise. The Director of Doctoral Programmes can provide additional guidance and support, as can other academic staff if appropriate.

Further information

For further information about funding and writing your research proposal, please see our dedicated webpages below.