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Doctor of Philosophy in International Business

This course is available


Level of Study

Doctoral Degree


3 years

Next start date

Expected Jul 2023


Newmarket Campus


The PhD is a globally recognised postgraduate research degree and the highest level of degree you can achieve. PhD students are critical, curious, creative thinkers who undertake original research over at least 3 years.

This course is also offered at overseas locations.

International Business

When you join us for your doctorate in International Business, you'll join a high-calibre research community and have the opportunity to publish papers, attend international conferences and develop your network in academia and industry.

We welcome research proposals in topics relating to our key research specialisations:

Accounting and Finance
  • Finance
  • Financial accounting
  • Management accounting
Commercial Law
  • Governance and financing of business enterprises
  • Intellectual property, innovation and information
  • Taxation and regulation
  • The legal environment of international business
  • Econometrics
  • Microeconomics and experimental economics
  • Industrial organisation, regulation, energy, transport and environmental economics
  • Labour markets, education, health and public policy
  • Macroeconomics and finance
  • International trade and development economics
Management and International Business
  • Entrepreneurship and innovation
  • Management, people and organisations
  • Strategy and international business
  • Consumer behaviour
  • Contemporary issues in branding
  • Marketing, practice and service innovation
  • Sustainability and societal issues in marketing
  • Commercial property markets
  • Housing markets and urban change

Entry criteria

Masters-level qualification or the equivalent of a bachelor's degree with honours

Evidence of significant research, usually undertaken as part of prior study

IELTS (Academic): Overall score of 6.5 and no bands less than 6.0; Internet-based TOEFL (iBT): Overall score of 90 and written score of 21; Paper-based TOEFL: Overall score of 68 and a writing score of 21; Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) or Cambridge English Proficiency (CPE): Overall score of 176 and no bands below 169; Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic: Overall score of 58 and no PTE Communicative score below 50; Foundation Certificate in English for Academic Purposes (FCertEAP): Grade of B-; Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB): 85.

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