Doctoral Research Degrees

As a research student at Birmingham Business School you'll be working with internationally recognised academics, become fully involved with research topics and contribute to debate across the whole school.

Research degree programmes

Accounting PhD/MPhil/MSc (Research)

Please note that applications for this course for September 2016 are now closed. PhD applications for a January 2017 start will only be considered under exceptional circumstances.

The PhD programme in Accounting will facilitate the creation and interpretation of new knowledge [more...]

Business Management PhD with Integrated Study

A 4 year PhD programme which allows students to gain added value from taught subject-based modules as well as undertaking original research.  The taught modules allow students to broaden, as well as deepen, their subject knowledge at the same time as undertaking their own [more...]

Economics PhD

The Department of Economics in the University of Birmingham enjoys an international reputation for the conduct of research of the highest quality. The PhD programme in Economics is designed to train doctoral researchers to conduct research of high academic merit and to make [more...]

Finance PhD/MPhil/MSc (Research)

Please note that applications for this course for September 2016 are now closed.

The PhD programme in Finance will facilitate the creation and interpretation of new knowledge by the research student, demonstrated through the thesis.

The programme comprises a short taught [more...]

Integrated Study (Social Sciences) PhD

This four-year PhD programme is designed for individuals wishing to develop advanced knowledge and skills in social science research design and methods through a mixture of coursework and independent research with supervisory support. The programme is particularly suited to [more...]

Marketing PhD/MPhil/MSc (Research)

Please note that applications for this course for September 2016 are now closed. PhD applications for a January 2017 start will only be considered under exceptional circumstances.

The PhD programme in Marketing will facilitate the creation and interpretation of new knowledge by [more...]

Social Research (Business) MA

In this course you will gain a solid foundation in a broad range of social science research methods as well as basic research skills. 

You will acquire a general overview of the philosophy of social research, and understand how this informs research design, methods of data [more...]

Why undertake a Doctoral Research degree at Birmingham Business School?

  • Scholarships and bursaries
    The Business School and the University provide scholarships and bursaries for postgraduate research students.
  • Priority research areas
    Each department within the Business School has its own priority research areas and specific projects; view all department priority research areas.
  • Research with a global reach
    Find out all about the different areas of research undertaken by academics at Birmingham Business School and the global reach of our work.
  • Doctoral Training Centre (DTC)
    The University of Birmingham Doctoral Training Centre is accredited by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and allocates ESRC studentships for PhD study; find out more.
  • Doctoral Training programme
    This programme aims to provide students with a sound background in social research design and the most up-to-date training in methods of data collection and analysis;  find out more.
  • Midlands Graduate School
    A collaborative venture providing dedicated facilities, resources and support to postgraduate students and early career researchers; find out more.
  • A research-led International Business School
    Our mission at Birmingham Business School is to be a research-led, multi-disciplinary, international business school.

Promoting research at Business School

Birmingham Business School academics promote their research in a number of ways including video interviews, downloadable podcasts and contributing to discussion papers.

  • Find out more about research at Birmingham Business School.

A Business School finalist from the 2013 'Birmingham Three Minute Thesis competition' delivers her presentation explaining her PhD research.