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Research degrees at Nottingham Business School PhD

  • Level(s) of Study: Postgraduate research
  • Start Date(s): October
  • Duration: 4 / 8 / 2 year(s)
  • Study Mode(s): Full-time / Part-time
  • Campus: City Campus
  • Entry Requirements:
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Nottingham Trent University offers opportunities to read for a PhD degree by research in all of its academic schools.

Undertaking a Doctorate at NTU

Nottingham Trent University offers opportunities to study for a PhD degree by research in all of its academic schools. Supervision is available during full-time or part-time study; this may sometimes be provided through distance learning. There is also the opportunity to read for part-time Professional Doctorates in several schools, which include: Architecture (DArch); Business Administration (DBA); Education (EdD), and Legal Practice (D Legal Prac).

NBS PhD programme overview

Nottingham Business School offers a successful research-led PhD programme accredited by EQUIS and AASCB alongside a thriving international community of PhD students undertaking innovative and inspiring research in diverse subject groups. Our NBS PhD programme is supported by 10 internationally leading research centres and groups comprising the expertise of world class academics across a breadth of subject expertise such as Management and Organisation Studies, Marketing, Accounting and Finance, Human Resource Management, Economics, Sustainability, International Business, Entrepreneurship, Behavioural Sciences and Health & Wellbeing.

The NBS PhD Programme has been designed to promote a vibrant student culture with multiple opportunities for participation in doctoral symposia and student led seminars, including opportunities to engage in specialised training and research workshops to help you advance in your area of interest and research. These platforms will provide for a safe and supportive environment to practice presentation skills and receive feedback from peers and subject experts. You will also many have opportunities to engage with the wider NTU Doctoral School and participate in the NTU wide Doctoral Training Programme that offers additional training opportunities and a chance to meet other research students’ university wide. Thus, besides helping you develop your research, these different modes of learning will also help you with the PhD journey and accomplishing the different milestones, such Transfer and viva voce examination.

The NBS PhD programme can be undertaken either full-time or part-time, where the maximum registration period for a full-time PhD student is four years, and part-time students (PhD and Professional Doctorates) may be registered for a maximum of eight years.

For further information about the NBS PhD Programme or to discuss any aspect of it, please contact the PhD Programme Director: Dr. Ishan Jalan or email the NBS PhD Programme Mailbox.

Course accreditation

  • EQUIS logo

What you’ll study

The PhD Journey

The NBS PhD Programme Team alongside the NTU Doctoral School team will support you from the time you make your initial enquiry, through the application process and the various stages of your degree, until your viva voce examination and subsequent graduation. Once you begin your studies, induction sessions will introduce you to the programme and its various stages, expectations, and milestones, and help introduce you to our thriving community of research students in NBS. You will find a very welcoming and supportive environment that places highest attention to student wellbeing and mental health.

Upon joining, you will be allocated a supervisory team consisting of a Director of Studies (DoS) and at least one or two other supervisors as required to support your research. Additionally, ‘independent assessors’ will be appointed to give you, and your supervisory team, support and guidance at certain key stages during your studies. You will also be asked to join a research centre/group based on your subject where you can meet other research students in similar subject areas. The centres will also help support you with subject specific wider engagements through research seminars, workshops, and networking events with visiting academics. As part of your PhD journey, you will also be expected to participate in our bespoke NBS doctoral training programme that covers a wide range of topics such as research philosophy, research design, academic writing skills and advance research methods.

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Research centres and research groups

Nottingham Business School has six research centres and four research groups that are currently in operation:

As mentioned earlier, we expect students to become members of our research groups and centres where you would find a very welcoming audience to whom to present your research ideas.

Staff Profiles

Alistair Bruce

Associate Dean for Research

Nottingham Business School

Alistair Bruce is the Associate Dean for Research at Nottingham Business School.

Careers and employability

Nottingham Trent University prides itself on the real-world relevance of its courses. We place particular emphasis on helping students to develop the academic and practical elements of know-how that encourage initiative, innovation and academic excellence.

All of our research degrees incorporate a programme of supporting studies designed to develop knowledge of and skills in all aspects of the research process, including the funding and dissemination of research. This will ensure that you have the necessary expertise to both complete your doctoral programme and to lay solid foundations for your future career.

Participation in academic conferences, seminars and external networks will cultivate the contacts, skills, and knowledge essential for successful research practice. These abilities are transferable to a wide range of other careers. Researchers are invited to take part in our own Research Conferences, giving you the opportunity to present your work to and have discussions with other researchers at NTU.

There are specific opportunities for research students who may wish to prepare for an academic career by undertaking part-time teaching duties in NBS; you may also take part in the Introduction to Learning and Teaching in Higher Education training programme.  Furthermore, although formal placements are not a requirement of PhDs, the University has strong links with professionals in business and industry.

Fees and funding

Please visit the Doctoral School website.

Please visit the Doctoral School website.

How to apply

Entry requirements

An applicant for admission to read for a PhD should normally hold a First or upper second-class honours degree of a UK university or an equivalent qualification, or a lower second-class honours degree with a Master's degree at Merit level of a UK university or an equivalent qualification.

International students will also need to meet the English language requirements - IELTS 6.5 (with minimum sub-scores of 6.0).

Applicants who have taken a higher degree at a UK university are normally exempt from the English language requirements. Applicants who do not meet the English language proficiency requirement will normally be asked to complete an English Language course.

Application process

To apply for a PhD please submit a research proposal (between 1,000 and a maximum of 2,000 words) which addresses the following points:

  • Provisional title
  • The topic or the subject that you are going to investigate.
  • The research questions or problem you want to address, including clear research objectives.
  • An indication of the contribution to knowledge that the thesis is anticipated to make (what you hope to find out)
  • The relationship of the proposed research to the published literature and to current research in the field (how your project relates to other work)
  • The methods and techniques to be used in the research (how you propose to go about the research)
  • A provisional timetable for the project, indicating anticipated activities.
  • Details of your previous work in the proposed field, or relationship to prior experience or study
  • Bibliography of sources already consulted or identified as of relevance to your proposal
  • Please note, plagiarised research proposals will not be accepted for review.

How to apply

Visit the Doctoral School's step by step guide to make an application.

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