Entry requirements

Honours degree equivalent of British 2:1 minimum, with a preference for Masters degree (with average programme mark of no less than 65%) or first-class honours equivalent. You are required to send us evidence of your competence in the English Language.

Months of entry

January, October, July, April

Course content

The School of Business and Economics offers incredibly exciting opportunities for those interested in undertaking a PhD or MPhil research degree in Business and Management, Economics or Information Management.

As a research student you will be welcomed into our dynamic research community, made up of internationally renowned staff and talented research students. You will benefi t from the expertise of our distinguished academics, all of whom are not only highly regarded within their respective fi elds, but also active in research, publishing and professional organisations.

Research Degrees

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

Research that Matters

In the most recent research assessment (Research Excellence Framework - REF 2014), 75% of our research was rated as ‘world leading or internationally excellent’. The School of Business and Economics was recognised for having an excellent research environment. It’s this record which ensures we continue to be a popular choice for talented researchers.

Research Proposal

Your application should include an extensive outline of your proposed topic of research. This should include a statement about why you have chosen the topic, aims, objectives and what methodology you propose to adopt plus references to texts used. No application can be considered without this outline. At the School of Business and Economics you have the opportunity to study towards a PhD or MPhil in Business and Management, Economics, or Information Management. As a Doctoral student, you will join whichever one of our discipline groups and/or research centres that suits your research interests best.

School Support and Training for Research Students

All research students are provided with:

  • supervisor(s) with appropriate expertise and a Director of Research Degree Programme to provide additional guidance and pastoral support as well as opportunities to consult any other academic staff if appropriate
  • access to funds to support conference travel and subsistence
  • access to photocopying, printing, and inter-library loan facilities
  • access to a hot-desk / computer facility in a purposely refurbished, high quality, open-plan space

All research students:

  • are expected to attend regular meetings with their supervisor(s)
  • are expected to attend specified training courses and seminars throughout their PhD study to support their research
  • may have the opportunity to support undergraduate teaching through employment as tutorial / laboratory assistants

Research Centres

The School of Business and Economics has developed six collaborative Research Centres to further enhance its international reputation for undertaking world class ‘research that matters’. These are:

  • Centre for Firms in the Global Economy
  • Centre for Global Sourcing and Services
  • Centre for Information Management
  • Centre for Post-Crisis Finance
  • Centre for Professional Work and Society
  • Centre for Service Management

Information on each centre’s aims, impact, research, staff members and strategic partners can be found on their pages at: ww.lboro.ac.uk/departments/sbe/research/centres.

Department specialisms

Human Resource Management; Accountancy; Corporate Finance/Governance; Management Science; Marketing; Strategic Management; Occupational Stress; Career Development; Industrial Relations; Employee Involvement; Management Development; Business Ethics; Heuristics; Algorithms.

Information for international students

Overall IELTS 7.0 overall with 7.0 in each component.

Fees and funding

PhD Studentships

The School of Business and Economics advertises a number of fully funded PhD studentships throughout the year through our website. These studentships are each linked to a specific title and subject matter and come with their own deadline. Our studentships are extremely popular and attract a high quality of applicants, so if you are interested it is recommended that you regularly check our website for vacancies.

To check for studentships visit www.lboro.ac.uk/departments/sbe/research/phd-mphil/studentships

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months
part time
60 months


full time
24 months
part time
36 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Research Office
+44 (0)1509 228 292