Entry requirements

A master's qualification in a relevant subject with an average programme mark of 65% or above (or equivalent international qualification) and a 2:1 honours degree in a relevant discipline.

In exceptional cases, substantial professional work experience/qualifications may also be taken into consideration.

Months of entry

January, April, July, October

Course content

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.

Our doctoral researchers study towards a PhD or MPhil in Business and Management, Economics, or Information Science. As a doctoral researcher working under the supervision of two or more supervisors, you will join whichever of the School’s academic groups suits your research interests best. You will also be actively involved in our research centres and research interest groups.

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 PhD graduate equipped for a wide range of rewarding professional careers.

The School of Business and Economics is a triple-accredited (AACSB, EQUIS, AMBA) top 10 UK business school. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), Loughborough was ranked 13th in the UK, out of more than 100 institutions who submitted business and management entries, based on 'research power' - a measure of overall ranking multiplied by the number of researchers whose work was submitted.

As a doctoral student you will join whichever academic group best suits your research interests. Whether you are interested in microeconomics or consumer behaviour, or want to research international marketing strategies, the School of Business and Economics is well placed to provide the right opportunities for you, in order to realise your ambitions.

Information for international students


Fees and funding


Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    part time
    72 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Postgraduate Enquiries
+44 (0)1509 228276