A PhD is the most advanced form of postgraduate study. It is awarded on the successful completion of supervised research, verbal examination and final thesis.
- Part of an elite group of EQUIS and AMBA accredited business schools
- 6th in the UK for research power in the latest Research Excellence Framework, with teaching underpinned by the latest developments
- An inspiring research portfolio worth £799m
- Research centres and institutes that enable interdisciplinary research projects and collaborations with business and industry partners
We offer PhD pathways in:
- Business and Management
- Finance and Risk
- Industrial Economics
Business research areas include:
- behavioural economics
- business and management
- corporate social responsibility and sustainability
- finance, banking and risk
- healthcare management and leadership
- human resource management/organisational behaviour
- industrial economics
- innovation and entrepreneurship
- international business
- operations management/information systems
To help you in the transition to independent research, you will normally be expected to complete a number of assessed taught modules during your first and second year of study. These are designed to provide generic, as well as subject specific training for relevant pathways.
You may also be required to take up to 20 credits of other modules within the school/faculty.
Full-time business PhD students have access to a dedicated desk, computer and locker space throughout the three years of study. You will be given a doctoral research account of £750 to support your studies, and there is also funding available to support your participation in conferences and doctoral associations.
The school has a bespoke Business Library that combines multimedia technology with traditional information resources. It houses key references, a short loan collection, past PhD dissertations and a wide range of online resources.
The Graduate School supports all postgraduates and early career researchers at the University, with dedicated study spaces, training courses and placement opportunities.
Seminars and workshops
All PhD students are expected to attend our seminar programme and relevant research workshops. Seminars take place regularly, usually on Wednesday afternoons, and are given by a range of internal and external speakers. Research workshops occur on an ad hoc basis and you will be advised by your supervisors about attendance.
In addition to the seminar programme, we offer a doctoral seminar programme that focuses specifically on the needs of PhD students. The focus of the programme is on the research process, particularly the more informal aspects of doing research and getting it published.
The University provides a range of support and information to enhance your student experience.
You will have access to:
- academic and disability support
- childcare services
- counselling service
- financial support
- visa and immigration advice
- welfare support
English language courses
Our Centre for English Language Education offers presessional English courses to help develop your English and study skills.
The centre is accredited by the British Council for the teaching of English in the UK, so you can be sure that the teaching and facilities are high-quality. You can also access free English language support alongside your academic course.
University of Nottingham Students’ Union represents all students. You can join the Postgraduate Students’ Network or speak to the dedicated Postgraduate Officer.
There are also a range of support networks, including groups for:
- international students
- black and minority ethnic students
- students with disabilities
- LGBT+ students
SU Advice provides free, independent and confidential advice on issues such as accommodation, financial and academic difficulties.
Researcher training and development
The Graduate School training and development programme empowers postgraduate students and early career research staff to develop the skills required in their research and future careers.
You will be assigned two supervisors appropriate to your field. Please make sure that we have a supervisor who shares an interest in your proposed area of research before applying.
Careers and professional development
Career destinations for our research postgraduates include:
- higher education teaching professionals
- university researchers
- finance and investment analysts
- investment bankers
- IT business analysts
- management consultants
- marketing and public relations professionals
Average starting salary and career progression
91.1% of postgraduates from Nottingham University Business School secured work or further study within six months of graduation. £25,000 was the average starting salary, with the highest being £57,200.*
* Known destinations of full-time home postgraduates who were available for employment, 2016/17. Salaries are calculated based on the median of those in full-time paid employment within the UK.
Careers support and advice
Whether you are considering a career within or outside academia, we’re here to support you every step of the way.
You can access our Careers and Employability Service during your studies and after you graduate.
Expert staff will work with you to explore PhD career options and apply for vacancies, develop your interview skills and meet employers. You can book a one-to-one appointment, take an online course or attend a workshop.
Fees and funding
As a student on this course, you should factor some additional costs into your budget, alongside your tuition fees and living expenses.
You should be able to access most of the books you'll need through our libraries, though you may wish to purchase your own copies or more specific titles.
See information on how to fund your studies, including our step-by-step guide. Further information is available on the school website.
Midlands Graduate School
Nottingham is part of the Midlands Graduate School ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership, which offers funding opportunities for postgraduate students each year.
Government loans for masters courses
Masters student loans of up to £10,906 are available for taught and research masters courses. Applicants must ordinarily live in the UK or EU.
International and EU students
Masters scholarships are available for international and EU students from a wide variety of countries and areas of study. You must already have an offer to study at Nottingham to apply. Please note closing dates to ensure you apply for your course with enough time.
We provide guidance on funding your degree, living costs and working while you study. You can also access specific funding opportunities, entry requirements and other resources for students from specific countries.