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PhD Programme

PhD programme

The latest Research Excellence Framework ranked us 6th among UK business schools for research power. This high standard of research activity informs the content and design of all our PhD pathways, ensuring that we combine relevant academic theory with good practice.

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 Doctoral Training Centres (DTC) in the UK accredited by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). This accreditation allows applicants from the UK and EU to apply for ESRC-DTC studentships. You will carry out research alongside students from all over the world who bring with them international experience and insight.

A research degree will provide the launch-pad for a successful career in academia, commerce, industry, the public sector or as an entrepreneur. Many graduates now work in top research universities, major multi-national corporations worldwide, or are running businesses.

Our students include those who have excelled academically and the natural next step of their journey is a research degree. They are driven by the shared objective to learn and discover.

Research degree opportunities

View our course pages on the University prospectus to find and more and to apply:

PhD pathways

The PhD programme offers a superb opportunity to develop research skills in an environment with an international reputation for business research excellence. 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

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A PhD at Nottingham University Business School allows you to reinvent yourself. You are well-placed to take advantage of many new opportunities thanks to the University's ambition and global connectivity. The Business School's focus on entrepreneurship was a massive draw for me. It's a very supportive, challenging and rewarding environment in which to carry out research. It is a truly transformational experience.

Nick Barker, PhD student

PhD Brochure

Download the business PhD brochure

The Graduate School

The Graduate School supports postgraduates by facilitating best practice and offering a comprehensive programme of services including training and development opportunities, events, small-scale research funding, and dedicated social and study spaces.


Postgraduate students can take advantage of our accommodation guarantee which guarantees you a room in self-catered University-arranged accommodation for your first year, providing you meet our criteria.



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