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Research Degrees

About the Business PhD

The Business School is open to PhD applications across all six of our subject areas. We are particularly interested to receive applications that directly address one or more of the School's research themes:

  • Enterprise Innovation Management and Competitiveness
  • Management Education, Employment and Skills
  • Retail, Innovation and Consumer Studies
  • Leadership, Governance and Responsibility
  • Strategic Communication
  • Economics, International Business and Finance

We work closely with our sister school, the Law School, as well as with other areas of the University, to ensure that we can supervise research topics that cross disciplinary boundaries or draw upon new and exciting combinations of techniques.

The Business School PhD programme has, over the last several years, established a strong track record of producing rigorous, innovative and globally relevant research. We are open to applications for the full-time programme (up to four years) and the part-time programme (up to six), for students proposing to study in the UK or abroad. We value the insight that active business professionals bring to the research degree programme, and would normally encourage students who work to study part-time to ensure that they can devote enough space to both work and research.

Facilities and resources to support research studies

All Business School research students have access to the University's library services, including its online resources. Students living in Leeds and studying on-campus can additionally access the physical resources of the School, including the new Professional Practice Suite and a hot-desk study room reserved for research student use. On-campus students may also be entitled, depending on circumstances, to claim a university-issued laptop for the duration of their course.

Research students across the University are supported by the University Research Office, who provide administrative support and guidance and also arrange the Research Training Programme. Business School students can benefit from regular training sessions held at City Campus on a range of topics relevant to their research methods and journey.

Apply for a Leeds Business School research degree

To learn more about your research degree options see our research webpages.

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