Research course


University of Nottingham · Nottingham University Business School

Entry requirements

For MRes courses applicants should hold a 2.1 (or international equivalent) in a relevant subject; for PhD courses applicants should hold a Master's degree in a relevant subject as well as an Honours degree in a relevant disciple at 2.1 (or international equivalent) level or above.

Months of entry


Course content

Research is central to all activities in the Business School. A vibrant and collaborative community of over 100 doctoral research students is an integral part of our research culture. Cutting edge research informs the content and design of all our PhD pathways. Students are working with academic leaders in their respective fields of expertise. Our aim is to train the next generation of innovative business scholars

We expect high standards of our doctoral students. Our students include those who have excelled academically and whose natural next step of their journey is a research degree. The Business School offers a stimulating and highly supportive environment for doctoral study, with strong research methods training. As a result, Nottingham PhD students are among the most successful in the country, according to the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE).

The University of Nottingham is one of only 21 Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) accredited Doctoral Training Centres (DTC). This accreditation allows applicants from the UK and EU to apply for ESRC-DTC studentships.

You can apply to one of our four PhD pathways:

1. Business and Management

2. Corporate Social Responsibility

3. Finance and Risk

4. Industrial Economics

For a more extensive overview, please visit the course page on the University of Nottingham's online prospectus.

Department specialisms

Corporate Restructuring; Venture Capital; MBOs; Insurance; Organisational Behaviour; Organisational Culture; Strategic Management; Services Marketing; Transformation in Eastern Europe; Mergers and Acquisitions; Small Business and Entrepreneurship.

Information for international students

English language requirements: IELTS 7.0 (no less than 6.0 in any element).

Fees and funding

The Graduate School at The University of Nottingham provides information on internal and external sources of postgraduate funding.

There is also funding information on the Business School web pages.

For information on funding opportunities for international students, please see the International Office website.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months


full time
24 months


full time
36 months

Course contact details

Graham Hancock
+44 (0)115 846 6620