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Loughborough University: Business and Economics

InstitutionLoughborough University
Department School of Business and Economics
Study type Research


We are passionate about the research we do here at Loughborough and have built a dynamic research community that inspires talented researchers from around the world to explore research questions that matter – both at the forefront of academic debate and in addressing the challenges faced by policy makers and the world of business.

Our doctoral researchers study towards a PhD or MPhil in Business and Management, Economics, or Information Science. As a doctoral researcher working under the supervision of two or more supervisors, you will join whichever of the School’s Discipline Groups suits your research interests best. You will also be actively involved in our Research Centres and Research Interest Groups.

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

The School of Business and Economics is a triple-accredited (AACSB, EQUIS, AMBA) top 10 UK business school. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), Loughborough was ranked 13th in the UK, out of more than 100 institutions who submitted business and management entries, based on 'research power' - a measure of overall ranking multiplied by the number of researchers whose work was submitted.

As a doctoral student you will join whichever discipline group best suits your research interests. Whether you are interested in microeconomics or consumer behaviour, or want to research international marketing strategies, the School of Business and Economics is well-placed to provide the right opportunities for you, in order to realise your ambitions.

Our areas of research Our research areas are divided into Research Centres, Discipline Groups and Research Interest Groups. Research Centres represent the key areas of our research strengths, Discipline Groups are the fundamental areas of teaching and research in which individual staff members are grouped, and Research Interest Groups are emerging areas of research.

Research Centres: - Centre for Information Management

  • Centre for Work, Organisation and Society

  • Centre for Service Management

  • Centre for Productivity and Performance

  • Centre for Corporate Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Discipline Groups: - Accounting and Finance

  • Economics

  • Human Resource Management and Organisational Behaviour

  • Information Management

  • International Business, Strategy and Innovation

  • Management Science and Operations

  • Marketing and Retailing

Research Interest Groups: - Behavioural Decision Sciences

  • Knowledge Management

  • Logistics and Transportation Analytics

  • Management Accounting

  • Money and Developing Economies

  • Simulation Practice

  • Town Centres

  • Trade Agreements, Negotiation Strategy, Investment and Technology (TRANSIT).

Start dates are available in October, January, April and July each year.

Doctor of Philosophy - PhD

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