Research course

Strategy and International Business, PhD

University of Birmingham · Birmingham Business School

Entry requirements

The Business School's entry requirement is a good honours degree (first or upper second class honours) awarded by a recognised University in an appropriate subject, and a merit in a relevant Master’s degree. We usually ask students for an average of 65 in the taught component of their Masters. All international students also need to show that they have adequate knowledge of written and spoken English.

Months of entry


Course content

Our PhD in Strategy and International Business blends short-taught components with intensive research, equipping you with transferable skills and knowledge with a focus on business and societal challenges

On our PhD in Strategy and International Business programme, you will attend a training programme consisting of 60 credits.

In the first year, the programme will be based around seminars and workshops dealing with debates in business and management, the practice of developing and designing research projects, and the methods and techniques required to undertake the empirical elements of research. This will allow you to broaden and deepen your knowledge of research methods whilst undertaking your own research and developing a set of transferable professional skills with a particular focus on business and societal challenges related to strategy and international business. The University also offers a comprehensive range of training courses you can attend for personal and professional career development.

The PhD programme provides you with the capabilities to characterise, research and conceptualise strategy and international business problems and challenges using advanced research tools, and to develop solutions. You are encouraged to engage with on-going debates on responsible business and with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). You should be able to derive policy, business and practice implications from your research and communicate these to policy makers, practitioners, and other academics.

Doctoral researchers are expected to fully participate in the life of the Business School and in the Department of Strategy and International Business. This includes attending seminars organised by the Business School and Department thereby helping expose you to new ideas emanating from outside your own area of specialisation. You will be also expected to actively participate in PhD workshops and conferences organised by the Business School and Graduate School.

Information for international students

IELTS 7.0 with no less than 6.5 in any band.

Fees and funding

UK students
PhD £4,778 FT
International students
PhD £23,520 FT

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Postgraduate enquiry service
+44 (0)121 414 3498