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Durham University Business School - Fully-funded PhD Scholarships

Combine rigorous academic theory with high quality research at Durham University Business School

The Durham PhD attracts exceptional students of the highest calibre and allows you to become a recognised expert in your chosen field. You will cultivate high-level skills of analysis and appraisal, be able to use a range of research methodologies, and will work independently.

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This route to a Durham PhD is for applicants who normally already hold a Masters qualification (or international equivalent) with a significant research element. This usually means that your degree will have included a thesis or dissertation at the final stage and some taught research methods.

We offer three-year full-time or six-year part-time options, typically with an October start but January and, in special cases, April starts are also possible.


This is a four-year full-time option with an October start. It is normally open to applicants without a Masters qualification (or international equivalent) or who hold a Masters qualification without a significant research element such as a thesis or dissertation, or taught research methods.

This programme incorporates advanced research training in year one followed by research in years two to four (just like the PhD by Research).

The IPhD programme has two subject routes:

  • management and marketing; and
  • accounting, economics, finance and Islamic finance.

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Durham University Business School - Fully-funded PhD Scholarships


Durham University Business School is one of an elite group worldwide to carry three internationally-recognised accreditations by EQUIS, AACSB and AMBA for the quality of our research, teaching and environment. We are also a member of the European Doctoral Programmes Association in Management and Business Administration (EDAMBA).

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Durham PhD graduates are in demand for academic posts in leading universities and top business schools; for business and management consultancy in commerce and industry; and for senior management roles in private sector organisations and government institutions.


As part of our vibrant and welcoming research-led community, you will work alongside a diverse faculty of research students and international academics to develop a critical command of your subject.

Our Research Centres:

  • Banking, Institutions and Development
  • Economic Growth and Policy
  • Environmental and Energy Economics
  • Ethical Finance, Accountability and Governance
  • Experimental Methods in Business Research
  • Institute for Local Governance
  • Leadership and Followership
  • Quantitative Research in Finance and Economics
  • Innovation and Technology Management
  • Work, Organisation Ethics and Society


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Durham University Business School - Fully-funded PhD Scholarships

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