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Fully funded studentships available with the School of Business and Economics at Loughborough University

  School of Business and Economics

About the Programme

At Loughborough, we are passionate about exploring research questions that matter – both at the forefront of academic debate, and in addressing the challenges faced by policymakers and the world of business.

We have built a dynamic research community that inspires talented researchers from around the world to create new knowledge that could shape the world for the better.

Do you want to become part of it?

·      86% of our business and management research is 'world-leading' or 'internationally excellent' (Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021)

·      Triple-accreditation (AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA) ensuring the highest quality of education

·      Top 150 in the world for Business and Management Studies (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2022)

Current PhD opportunities

We’re excited to announce that we have a range of funded opportunities available across our seven academic groups.

Each studentship has a start date of October 2023 with application deadline: 3 February 2023.

Details of the exact offer, including the PhD topics each group will consider applications in, potential supervisors and contact details can be found using the links below.

Accounting and Finance

Centre for Information Management


International Business, Strategy and Innovation

Management Science and Operations

Marketing and Retailing

Work and Organisation

Entry requirements

At least a 2:1 honours degree (or equivalent) with a preference for a UK master's degree (with average programme mark of no less than 65%) or international equivalent.

English language requirements

IELTS band 7.0 or above with not less than 7.0 in each component.


Studentships are for 3 years and provide a minimum tax-free stipend of £17,668 per annum for the duration of the studentship plus tuition fees.

Please note that studentships will be awarded on a competitive basis to applicants who have applied within the School. Funding decisions will not be confirmed until early 2023.

How to apply

1.      Identify a research priority area and potential supervisor(s) using the relevant weblink (see ‘Current PhD opportunities’ above).

2.      Put together your research proposal.

3.      Share your research proposal with the identified supervisor(s) and confirm they are willing to be named in support of your application. You are also encouraged to ask for feedback to develop your research proposal.

4.      Submit your formal application online.

Under programme name, select Business School. Please upload with your application a research proposal, copies of your transcripts/certificates, English Language certificate and two academic references.

Please quote the project reference number advertised within the relevant group webpage (see ‘Current PhD opportunities’ above).

See studentship assessment criteria

Details of the interview process for selected candidates can be found within the relevant group webpage (see ‘Current PhD opportunities’ above).

Why study your PhD with us?

You will join a lively community of researchers and staff, becoming an integral part of the School’s research culture.

Conference and symposia attendance is encouraged, as is the development of joint publications with your supervisors, which will enable you to hone and develop your research. These activities are partially supported by a dedicated fund, open to all doctoral researchers.

There are also opportunities to develop skills in supporting undergraduate teaching, or as tutorial assistants.

Find out more about studying your PhD with the School of Business and Economics

Support from your supervisors

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

As the pinnacle of academic qualification, 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.

You will have regular meetings with your supervisors – members of academic staff with appropriate expertise. The Director of Doctoral Programmes can provide additional guidance and support, as can other academic staff if appropriate.

Can’t find what you’re looking for?

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Funding Notes

Some or all of the PhD opportunities in this programme have funding attached. Applications for this programme are welcome from suitably qualified candidates worldwide. Funding may only be available to a limited set of nationalities and you should read the full programme details for further information.
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