Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Qualification(s) available: PhD

Entry requirements
3 years
6 years
Start date
January, April, July, October
UK fee
To be confirmed
International fee


London is one of the top cities in the world for business, finance and trade, and is a unique learning environment for doctoral researchers within the Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship to exploit.

The Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship is committed to delivering research that is academically excellent and adds social value by addressing some of the problems facing the world today. This type of research is relevant for all management studies scholars but particularly for those with a research interest in entrepreneurship and innovation.

The Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship works collaboratively with organisations from a number of industries and sectors. As well as providing access to primary data from a broad range of sources, these collaborations help to shape the research focus of the Institute and ensure research is delivering impact for industry and society.

Focused on understanding innovation and entrepreneurship in a variety of contexts, the Institute's current research explores how innovation may be harnessed to start, grow, and sustain organisations, and how entrepreneurial behaviour can address social problems in today’s rapidly evolving world.

There is a creative and entrepreneurial culture on campus, which enables students and staff to forge new business plans, grow niche new start-ups and share innovative solutions to business problems.

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Why you should choose us

Where you'll study

Loughborough University London is an inspiring postgraduate campus located on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Established exclusively for postgraduate study and research, Loughborough University London combines influential thought leaders, pioneering researchers and creative innovators to deliver one of the best postgraduate experiences the UK has to offer.

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

Doctoral researchers have a 24-hour access to a dedicated study space on campus, complete with hot desks, meeting rooms and a fully equipped kitchen and dining area.

Our research

The Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship is committed to delivering research that is academically excellent and adds social value by addressing some of the problems facing the world today. This type of research is particularly relevant for those with a research interest in entrepreneurship and innovation. Our key areas of interest are listed below:

Corporate Governance

  • state capitalism
  • corporate governance: board structures
  • comparative corporate governance
  • corporate data responsibility and big data
  • executive compensation, executive turnover and impact on decision-making

Digital Innovation

  • digital enterprise
  • online entrepreneurial activity

Disruptive Technologies

  • redistributed manufacturing
  • maker-spaces
  • big data
  • data-enabled capabilities
  • Internet of Things

Entrepreneurship and Innovation

  • formal and informal entrepreneurship
  • university spin-outs
  • contextual influences on strategic entrepreneurship
  • corporate entrepreneurship
  • social entrepreneurship
  • creative and cultural industries enterprise
  • ethnic minority enterprise
  • gender, intersectionality and entrepreneurship
  • business model innovation
  • entrepreneurship ecosystem
  • innovation ecosystem

Family Businesses

The impact of ‘family’ on firm strategy, decision-making, and ultimately firm survival including but not limited to:

  • innovation and entrepreneurship
  • new business formation
  • governance including boards, trustees, and family councils
  • corporate social responsibility
  • the darker side of family firms (employee relations, family exit, firm failure)

Your development

Studying for a PhD is a significant but incredibly rewarding investment for your career and for your future.

By undertaking a PhD with the Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, you will have the opportunity to work with top researchers and industry leaders, and gain first-hand experience of real-life problem solving.

Your future career

As well as providing a route into academia, studying a PhD will give you the expertise and skills required to advance your career in a wide range of professions, vocations and businesses.

Entry requirements

Our entry requirements are listed using standard UK undergraduate degree classifications i.e. first-class honours, upper second-class honours and lower second-class honours. To learn the equivalent for your country, please choose it from the dropdown below.

Entry requirements for United Kingdom

An honours degree (2:1 or above) or equivalent international qualification.

IELTS overall score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each sub-test.

English language requirements

Applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements. Further details are available on the International website.

Fees and funding

UK fee

Full-time degree per annum
To be confirmed

International fee

Full-time degree per annum

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. Fees are reviewed annually and are likely to increase to take into account inflationary pressures.

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How to apply

All PhD applications must be made online.

We strongly recommend contacting your preferred research supervisor(s) in advance of submitting an application to discuss your ideas. To see a full list of academic staff within the Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, please visit the Institute's staff page.

Please use our online application portal to submit your research proposal, and clearly outline the question you intend to address. You should also include an overview of your subject area and proposed research methods.

When applying for a PhD within the Institute, please select Innovation and Entrepreneurship when asked for the programme name.

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