The Faculty of Business and Law is home to our teaching and research in all major areas of law, business and management. Through our research we deliver positive impact to society and industry, and find solutions to pressing issues around the world.
Join our world-leading and international excellent research community
Research at the University of Portsmouth is rated as world-leading in the latest national assessment of the quality and impact of research in UK universities. For business and management 65.8% of our research outputs, 100% our research environment and 100% of our impact cases were judged as world-leading and internationally excellent. Our law submission to REF 2021 also had notable successes with 47% of our research outputs judged as world-leading or internationally excellent.
Our research has international reach and consistently attracts funding from national Research Councils, the EU, major charities and international organisations. Much of our work is aimed at addressing the UN Global Goals for Sustainable Development.
Our research areas
Explore the work we're doing across our research areas within the Faculty of Business and Law:
Our research centres
Much of our exceptional research takes place within the following cross-disciplinary research centres:
Centre for Blue Governance
We aim to meet the holistic and multi-disciplinary research needed to inform blue governance mechanisms. We take a more expansive view of Blue Economy to encompass marine and freshwater systems and conceptualise them as development spaces.
Centre for Innovative and Sustainable Finance (CISF)
Global warming, pandemics, recurrent financial crises, and new web-based technology — in response to a world in constant flux, the Centre for Innovative and Sustainable Finance (CISF) is undertaking research that helps governments, organisations, individuals, and society adapt to the evolving national and international financial landscape.
Centre for Operational Research and Logistics (CORL)
At CORL, experts in mathematics, technology, business and industrial research work on research that spans many potential applications. Recent projects have explored ways to make transport systems more efficient and how analytics can be used to improve healthcare and renewable energy.
Top tips for applying for a research degree
- Have you got a project in mind? Explore our research subject areas above to check if we are active in the field you are interested in.
- Find a potential supervisor and get in touch to discuss your idea.
- Make a head start on your proposal. It pays off to work on your proposal before submitting your application. Most supervisors are happy to work with you and offer advice on how your proposal can be improved.
- Explore our pre-defined PhD projects. These are projects where a supervisory team is already in place
We offer three intakes a year (October, February and April) for our standard PhD programmes as well as opportunities for flexible or distance-learning study.
Support for postgraduate research students
The Faculty of Business and Law may offer funding to attend conferences, training and a work-based placement.
In addition, postgraduate research students have access to the Graduate School Development Programme (GSDP) offering free online and in-person training, workshops and special interest groups that cover topics such as research design, doctoral process and career development. They are delivered by expert tutors, and support students at all stages of their research degree.
Informal enquiries are encouraged and can be made to the Department Research Degree Coordinator listed below. For administrative and admissions enquiries please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Explore your options and get in touch with supervisors.