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 opportunities

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

The studentship is for three years and provides a tax-free stipend of £15,285 per annum for the duration of the studentship plus tuition fees at the UK rate. International (including EU) students may apply however the total value of the studentship will cover the International tuition fee only.

Please note that studentships will be awarded on a competitive basis within the School to applicants who have applied. Funding decisions will not be confirmed until early 2021.

All our PhD students join one of our seven Academic Groups. Details of the exact studentship offer, including entry requirements and the PhD topics each group will consider application in can be found below.

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.

Developing your employability

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 is 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 will also enhance your interpersonal skills, such as networking and relationship building, which will be invaluable in your future career.