Business Research Degrees PhD

Business Research Degrees PhD

Birmingham City Business School have a long and successful history in the field of business research. The wide range of experiences, skills and specialisms within the faculty allow us to have one of the most diverse business research degree portfolios in the country.

There are three entry dates to the programme each academic year, in September, February and May.


There are a number of key themes underpinning research in Birmingham City Business School:

  • Change management and organisational development/transformation
  • Leadership and multi-unit management
  • Complexity, behavioural & neuroscience approaches to leadership
  • Exploration of contemporary issues in international and comparative human resource management
  • Financial management
  • Marketing Strategy & E-Marketing
  • Strategic Change & Strategy  Formulation
  • Strategic leadership and effective decision-making 

We work closely with all kinds of companies to produce collaborative and bespoke research projects and engage in knowledge transfer partnerships (KTPs) throughout the UK and beyond. All of our research feeds back into our innovative undergraduate and postgraduate programmes,


Entry Requirements

Applicants are required to hold a minimum of a 2:1 Honours degree, in a discipline related to business, to be considered for a PhD. Some PhD opportunities, such as those funded by a particular research council, may additionally require a Masters level degree.

English language requirements 2020/21

  • IELTS - 6.5 overall with a minimum of 6.0 in each category.

Career Prospects

The value of a PhD to employability
The Doctor of Philosophy or PhD is recognised worldwide and is often an essential requirement for those wishing to follow an academic or research or consultancy career in industry or commerce. Our Business Management PhD research degree has been designed to help you achieve a career in industry, research and/or academia. 

After the PhD
Research students are the lifeblood of our research community and we support them in all the subject areas through our network of research centres. After compleing their studies, many go on to become academics in universities, or researchers in industry, business and the public sector, ensuring that the country can sustain a vibrant knowledge-based economy.

OpportUNIty: Student Jobs on Campus ensures that our students are given a first opportunity to fill many part-time temporary positions within the University. This allows you to work while you study with us, fitting the job around your course commitments. By taking part in the scheme, you will gain valuable experiences and employability skills, enhancing your prospects in the job market.
It will also allow you to become more involved in University life by delivering, leading and supporting many aspects of the learning experience, from administration to research and mentoring roles.

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