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Faculty of Business, Law and Politics

Marketing research degrees

Postgraduate - Research

PhD

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About our programmes

The Hull University Business School provides an inspirational environment for researchers on PhD pathways. Our dynamic team of research-oriented academics have expertise in a number of key areas within marketing, including electronic and mobile marketing, and social media; services marketing including service evaluation; ethical, social, non-profit and political marketing; SMEs and business to business (B2B) marketing; brand management and internal branding; corporate social responsibility; relationship marketing; advertising and social media.

Our PhD is a four-year full-time degree which requires a student to complete the equivalent of 540 credits of research, including both research specialist modules and research thesis preparation.

PhD students have the opportunity to add to the sum of knowledge in their chosen field by producing an original piece of research. Our PhD candidates are closely supported and given opportunities to travel and attend conferences, and on campus facilities are excellent. PhD candidates have exclusive access to the Postgraduate Lounge in the newly refurbished Brynmor Jones Library, and all our postgraduate students can make use of facilities in the University's Graduate School. The Business School, meanwhile, has a dedicated work room with cutting-edge facilities.

The Business School's full list of PhD titles include:

  • PhD Accounting
  • PhD Business and Management
  • PhD Economics
  • PhD Finance
  • PhD Human Resource Management
  • PhD Management
  • PhD Marketing
  • PhD Systems Science 

Details

Open for admission in 2018/19

Open for admission in 2019/20

Full time Part time
PhD 3 years* 5 years*

* plus writing-up time

Start in January, May or September

Research

Our dynamic team of research-oriented individuals have expertise in a number of key areas within marketing. With a strong focus on applied research that impacts both academic and practitioner areas, our guiding vision is to conduct research that advances knowledge and thinking in the marketing discipline.

Key themes within the Marketing research group include;

  • Electronic and mobile marketing, and social media
  • Services marketing including service evaluation
  • Ethical, social, non-profit and political marketing
  • SMEs and B2B marketing
  • Brand management and internal branding
  • Corporate social responsibility
  • Relationship marketing
  • Advertising & social media

Our experts welcome applications for postgraduate research across a broad range of topics. Please click on the links below for help with being matched up with a potential supervisor.

  • Social marketing, brand communities and cross-cultural aspects of marketing - Dr Stephan Dahl
  • Cross-cultural advertising strategies, marketing communications, online marketing, mobile shopping, new media, consumer behaviour - Dr Wen-Ling Liu
  • Political marketing, communications, voting decision making - Dr Dianne Dean
  • CSR, services marketing and product management, financial services - Dr David Harness
  • Services marketing, customer relationships - Prof Chanaka Jayawardhena
  • New product development, financial product innovation, service quality, service failure and customer rage, customer loyalty, customer relationship management - Dr Raphaël Akamavi

“It’s been really enjoyable studying alongside people from many different cultures. Hull is a beautiful and affordable city in which to live.”

Famara Badijie, MSc Financial Management

Fees and funding

  • Home/EU: £4,260 (full-time) 
  • Home/EU: £2,130 (part-time)
  • International: £14,000 (full-time)

Please note, the fees for 2019/20 have not yet been confirmed, and may increase.

These fees are for all research degree programmes on this page. For courses lasting more than one year, small annual increases may apply. For more information, please visit the fees and funding page.

The standard length of a full-time PhD programme is three years, or five years part-time, plus 'writing-up'.

For full-time students, writing up typically takes about three months but may be extended to one year without further paperwork. For part-time students, writing up typically takes one year, but may be extended to two years without further paperwork.

There is a small continuation fee to be paid for the writing-up period. The continuation fee is partly reimbursed, if you submit in less than one year (full-time) or less than two years (part-time).

For information about bursaries and how to fund your studies see our money page, or take a look at our PhD scholarships page for specific funded PhD opportunities.

The University’s Postgraduate Training Scheme (PGTS) provides a range of generic and discipline-specific modules to support research students through their programme. 

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The library has an exclusive lounge for postgraduate research students and a dedicated Skills Team to provide a wide range of study and research skills help.

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The Graduate School provides support to postgraduate research students. Offering skills development opportunities and dedicated facilities, the school is here to help you achieve your potential.

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Research at Hull tackles big challenges and makes an impact on lives globally, every day. Our current research portfolio spans everything from health to habitats, food to flooding and supply chain to slavery.

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Entry requirements

You should normally have, or expect to obtain, at least a 2:1 Honours degree (or international equivalent).

International students

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study or if your first language is not English you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level.

This course requires academic IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in each skill. For other English language proficiency qualifications acceptable by this University, please click here.

If your English currently does not reach the University's required standard for this programme, you may be interested in one of our English language courses.

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