International Management

Qualification(s) available: PhD

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


The Institute for International Management aims to become the leading centre for training and research into the successful management of international organisations across different national contexts.

The Institute is led by a team of highly-ranked scholars with commanding knowledge of a range of aspects of international management.

The Institute is actively engaged in international research projects concerning the globalisation of economic activity and the implications for patterns of work, sustainability, risk and governance. It has also developed considerable expertise and collaborations in a range of emerging market economies including Argentina, China, Brazil, and Kenya.

Our inspiring location offers a unique learning environment for anyone who shares a passion for international business, as Loughborough University London is surrounded by key influencers and innovators in business, and is just a short journey from Canary Wharf, London Bridge and Liverpool Street.

If you are interested in globalisation and the contemporary changes in the world economy, or the rise in economic and political power of the BRIC countries and other emerging market economies, a PhD with the Institute for International Management could be for you.

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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 International Management is actively engaged in international research projects concerning the globalisation of economic activity and the implications for patterns of work, sustainability, (political and other) risks, and governance. Primary research areas include:

Comparative political economy of work

This research area within the Institute focuses on the comparative and historical analysis of work and employment relations within Europe and North America.

This includes investigating models of global best practice for work organisation and labour management, such as lean production and business process re-engineering.

Corporate (ir)responsibility

This research area focuses on two broad phenomena.

Firstly, the adoption of various social and environmental responsibilities by business firms, and the relationship of this phenomenon to urgent sustainability issues.

The second phenomena being organisational wrongdoing (corruption, fraud, tax evasion, human rights violations etc.) and the various severe harms it produces to vulnerable groups and areas.

Gender and identity in a turbulent space and time

This British Academy/Leverhulme funded project investigates how an extreme form of transnational employment – that is, diplomatic assignments – impacts on gender and identity from a social network perspective.

Globalising actors/activists in multinational companies

The Institute is currently involved in a major ongoing ESRC funded project investigating globalising actors, namely those who create, disseminate and implement new global norms in multinational companies.

The state, law, corporate governance and development

This research area focuses on the role of macro-level factors in shaping globalisation and social, economic, and financial development. Specifically, it investigates how governments and international organisations, through their policies and reform programmes attempt to shape the strategies of firms and the economic trajectories of countries.

The internationalisation of firms from emerging economies

Focusing on the rapidly growing outward foreign direct investment (OFDI) from emerging economies, this research area seeks to understand the institutional determinants and consequences of OFDI from emerging markets.

Your development

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

By undertaking research with the Institute for International Management, 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 travel overseas.

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

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

IELTS overall score of 6.5 with not less than 6.0 in each 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 International Management, 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 International Management when asked for the programme name.

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