The mission of our research programmes is to develop rigorous scholars who can advance both academic knowledge and business practice. The programmes are designed to equip you with the skills necessary to succeed in a knowledge-intensive environment and add value to your professional and personal lives.
The School offers PhD study through two pathways: Economics and Finance, and Management and Business Studies.
We are looking for highly capable and motivated individuals who wish to pursue research careers in academic or other research-oriented institutions. Research projects should closely match the interests of our research-active staff members.
The School offers PhD study within several of our main research areas.
Choosing a topicChoosing a topic
To apply for the programme you must be able to clearly outline a topic to research and identify where it links to the expertise we have at the Business School. It is important that you spend some time exploring the research that we are involved with and whether your own research is likely to fit alongside this.
Look carefully at the research conducted within the research areas of the Business School across our multi-disciplinary research centres. You should also consider our research topics of interest and our academic staff profiles to identify whether your research interests fit within our areas of expertise.
Supervision and supportSupervision and support
All postgraduate researchers are supervised by a team of two academic staff members.
Your supervisors are chosen based on their active research agenda and expertise in the chosen research topic and/or methodology.
There will be regular interaction between you and your supervisors, enabling you to meet the milestones established for successful completion of your research programme.
Training and DevelopmentTraining and Development
Newcastle University Business School is part of the North East Doctoral Training Centre. This is funded and accredited by the Economic and Social Research Council and jointly run by the universities of Newcastle and Durham.
The North East Doctoral Training Centre is a collaborative centre for world-class postgraduate research and training in the social sciences. It offers students a wealth of opportunities to work with leading researchers across a wide range of disciplines. You'll benefit from high-quality training and state-of-the-art resources at both universities.
We encourage postgraduate researchers to attend conferences and present papers directly related to their research over the course of their study. For those without alternative income, the School provides limited resources to attend conferences or postgraduate training events. It is on condition that the event is relevant and beneficial for your research. Usually, this means that you are delivering a conference paper.
Fee structures change every year. If details on fees are not yet available for the coming session, details for the previous session are provided as a guide. Payment of fees is required on an annual basis.
|Full-time: £4,800||Full-time: £4,800||Full-time: £15,600|
|Part time: £2,400||Part time: £2,400|
Find out more about our tuition fees, including how to pay them and available discounts.
Funding and ScholarshipsFunding and Scholarships
We offer a number of funded studentships throughout the year.
Funding is available to UK, EU and international students. The type of funding available, the size of the award, the eligibility criteria and the application process varies.
Details of the relevant funding sources are available on our postgraduate funding database and the information is updated throughout the year as funding becomes available. Current offer holders are eligible to apply.
Entry RequirementsEntry Requirements
Candidates should hold a 2:1 honours degree, or international equivalent in a relevant subject. You should also hold a master’s degree, or international equivalent, at merit or above.
All candidates must also meet our standard English language requirements.
Full Entry Requirements are available.
How to ApplyHow to Apply
You can apply online for all our postgraduate programmes.
You need to submit a brief research proposal of 1,000-2,000 words for PhD and MPhil programme applications. This should outline your research interests and the nature of the research you plan to carry out.
Download our research proposal guidelines (PDF: 41.5 KB) for advice.
It is important that your research proposal is well aligned with the research activities of the School. We therefore encourage you, before you apply, to carefully examine the research profiles of our academic staff and contact relevant individuals to discuss your research project.
Full details of the application process are available on our How to Apply pages.