Entry requirements

A UK first or upper second class honours degree in a relevant subject area (or an equivalent international qualification) and a good master’s degree in a relevant discipline. The vast majority of our existing PhD researchers achieve above 60% in their master’s degree.

In exceptional circumstances, applicants with substantial relevant professional experience or significant extenuating personal circumstances will be considered.

Months of entry

January, October, July, April

Course content

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

Beginning a research degree is perhaps the most exciting and demanding phase in any academic career. As the pinnacle of academic qualifications 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 academic or researcher.

The School of Business and Economics is a top 10 business school in the UK, and among just 1% of business schools in the world to be triple accredited with AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA. In the 2014 REF, Loughboorugh University was placed 13th in the UK, out of more than 100 institutions who submitted Business and Management entries, based on 'research power', which is a measure of overall ranking multiplied by the number of researchers whose work was submitted.

In the School of Business and Economics you have the opportunity to study towards a PhD or MPhil in Business and Management, Economics, or Information Science. As a doctoral student, you will join whichever one of our discipline groups that suits your research interests best.

Each research student, working under the supervision of two or more supervisors, will join one of the School's Discipline Groups and quite often become a member of a Research Centre or Research Interest Group.

Department specialisms

Business Education and Economics, Emergency Management, Firms in the Global Economy, Global Sourcing Logistics and Transportation Analytics, Management Accounting, Money and Developing Economies, Simulation Practice, Town Centres and Retailing, Visual Decision Practices

Information for international students

All applicants for admission to Loughborough University must have a qualification in English language before they can be admitted to any course or programme, whether their first language is English or not.

IELTS: overall 7.0 with minimum 7.0 in each component

TOEFL: an overall score of 100, with minimum sub-test scores as follows: Reading and Listening - 26; Speaking - 25; Writing - 28.

You can see the list of English language qualifications we accept here, with full details on each.

Fees and funding

Please see the funding page for more details.

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months
part time
60 months


full time
24 months
part time
36 months

Course contact details

tel:+44 (0)1509 223081