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Business and Economics, Ph.D.

  • Anytime
    Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #222 (QS) ,
We are passionate about the research we do here at Loughborough and have built at 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.


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 academic or researcher.

The School of Business and Economics is a top 10 business school in the UK, and among just 1% of business schools in the world to be triple accredited with AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA. In the 2014 REF, Loughboorugh University was placed 13th in the UK, out of more than 100 institutions who submitted Business and Management entries, based on 'research power', which is a measure of overall ranking multiplied by the number of researchers whose work was submitted.

In the School of Business and Economics you have the opportunity to study towards a PhD or MPhil in Business and Management, Economics, or Information Science. As a doctoral student, you will join whichever one of our discipline groups that suits your research interests best.

Each research student, working under the supervision of two or more supervisors, will join one of the School's Discipline Groups and quite often become a member of a Research Centre or Research Interest Group.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 36 months
    • Duration description
      3 years (PhD), 2 years (MPhil)
    • Average part-time duration 60 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Duration description
       Part-time  6 years (PhD), 4 years (MPhil)
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Research staff and students are all placed within one of the School’s seven discipline groups.

  • Accounting and Financial Management
  • Economics
  • Human Resource Management and Organisational Behaviour
  • Information Management
  • International Business, Strategy and Innovation
  • Management Science and Operations Management
  • Marketing and Retailing

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Upper Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

Honours degree equivalent of British 2:1 minimum, with a preference for Masters degree (with average programme mark of no less than 65%) or first-class honours equivalent. You are required to send us evidence of your competence in the English Language. 

In exceptional circumstances, applicants with substantial relevant professional experience or significant extenuating personal circumstances will be considered.

IELTS: overall 7.0 with minimum 7.0 in each componentTOEFL with an overall score of 100 with minimum subtest scores of Reading and Listening 26, Speaking 25, Writing 28

Tuition Fee

  • International

    16900 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16900 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

Living costs for Loughborough

  • 600 - 1000 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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