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Business and Economics, Ph.D.

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    Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #226 (QS) Loughborough, United Kingdom
The Business and Economics is passionate about the research we do here at Loughborough University 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.
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The 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.

As a  Business and Economics doctoral student at the Loughborough University 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.


Recent graduate destinations include:

  • HM Revenue & Customs, Senior Policy and Technical Advisor
  • KWS Group (Germany), Global Expert Customer Insights and Pricing; and Brand and Analytics Manager, Project Lead Digital Transformation
  • ESMD Global Network, Consultant
  • Bosch, Sourcing Manager
  • The British University in Egypt, Lecturer
  • Trakya University, Turkey, Lecturer
  • Bangkok University, Lecturer
  • Queen’s University Belfast, Lecturer


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.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

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

    • Full-time duration 36 months
    • Average part-time duration 72 months
    • Intensity Flexible
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Research Interest Groups

  • Behavioural Decision Sciences
  • Knowledge and the Digital Economy
  • Logistics and Transportation Analytics
  • Management Accounting
  • Money and Developing Economies
  • Simulation Practice
  • Town Centres
  • Trade Agreements, Negotiation Strategy, Investment and Technology (TRANSIT).

English Language Requirements

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

  • A master's qualification in a relevant subject with an average programme mark of 65% or above (or equivalent international qualification) and a 2:1 honours degree in a relevant discipline.
  • In exceptional cases, substantial professional work experience/qualifications may also be taken into consideration.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    17200 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 17200 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
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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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