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About the Durham PhD

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The PhD Programme

The PhD is the highest academic degree and as such Durham graduates are in demand for:

  • academic posts in leading universities and top business schools.
  • business and management consultancy in commerce and industry.
  • senior management roles in private sector organisations and government institutions. 

Whatever your goals, the Durham PhD gives you the opportunity to combine rigorous academic theory with research to influence the world of business and make a unique contribution to your field of study. It attracts exceptional students of the highest calibre, and in conjunction with scholars internationally-renowned for their research and thought leadership, the PhD programme at Durham University Business School is both challenging and stimulating. 

The Durham PhD is for applicants who normally already hold a Masters qualification (or international equivalent) with a significant research element. This usually means that your first degree will have included a thesis or dissertation at the final stage and some taught research methods. 

We offer three-year full-time or six-year part-time options, typically with an October and January start. However, PhDs in Marketing and Management are four-year full-time or eight-year part-time with an October start.

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I am someone who is passionate about research and there is no better University that would provide me with a rich and fulfilling experience to ensure the pursuit of a successful academic career.

Nazha Gali
PhD in Management Entrepreneurship

 

 

More about our PhD programmes

Find out more about our programmes, facilities and support for our PhD students and the global reputation of the Business School.

PhD in Accounting

The Department of Accounting offer three-year full-time or six-year part-time options with October and January starts.
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PhD in Economics and Finance

The Department of Economics and Finance offer three-year full-time or six-year part-time options with October and January starts.
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PhD in Management and Marketing

The Department of Management and Marketing offer four-year full-time or eight-year part-time options with an October start.
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Scholarships 2022-2023

A range of PhD scholarships (studentships) available for research topics linked to the expertise of our research centres.
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Facilities and Support

Find out more about the facilities and support available for all PhD students studying with the Business School.
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About Us

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How to Apply or Download a Brochure

Choose one of the following options to take your next step:

  • How to Apply

    It is important that your general research interests match those of at least one member of our academic staff.
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  • Download a Brochure

    Find out more, by downloading our PhD brochure.
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  • Contact Us

    Get in touch with one of our departments to discuss your research interests with the team.
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How to Apply

It is important that your general research interests match those of at least one member of our academic staff.
Man hands typing on a laptop

Download a Brochure

Find out more, by downloading our PhD brochure.
Business People sat around a table with a laptop

Contact Us

Get in touch with one of our departments to discuss your research interests with the team.
Two business people