Faculty of Business, Law and Politics

Business and Management research degrees

Postgraduate - Research


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About our programmes

The Hull University Business School provides an inspirational environment for researchers in the early stages of their careers. We offer PhD research degrees in the following research groups: Accounting; Economics; Finance; Logistics; Marketing; Regional and International Business; Leadership and Organisational Change; The Centre for Systems Studies; and Organisation, Ethics and Society.

Our PhD is a four year full-time degree which requires a student to complete the equivalent of 540 credits worth 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. They are closely supported and given opportunities to travel and attend conferences.

On campus facilities for research students are excellent. The business school has a dedicated work room with cutting-edge facilities. PhD students have exclusive access to the Postgraduate Lounge in the newly refurbished Brynmor Jones Library, while all our postgraduate students can make us of facilities in the University's Doctoral College. HUBS subscribes to a full range of professional business information services including Reuters Datastream, Reuters Thomson One, Bloomberg, Bankscope and FAME.

Apply for research programmes in the Business School


Open for admission in 2024/25

Qualification Full time Part time
PhD 3 years* 5 years*

* The length of programme registration will be longer as it includes the maximum writing-up phase.

Start in January, May or September


Our experts welcome postgraduate research proposals across a broad range of topics. Click on the links below to find out more about these areas and look for a potential supervisor.


Accounting research examines how accounting information is identified, measured, valued, and disclosed. It covers a broad range of topics, including:

  • Theoretical designs and laboratory experiments that aim to show how decision makers use accounting information
  • Empirical tests of market reactions to publicly available accounting information
  • Analytical models illustrating how owners and managers resolve conflicts including public and private sectors
  • Empirical research related to taxation policy
  • Culture, religion, and ethical and trust systems in auditing
  • The development of experimental markets


Economics has a strong research culture and an established reputation in several fields, including:

  • Applied microeconomics
  • International economics
  • Economic development
  • Macroeconomics
  • Environmental economics


Our enthusiastic and committed Finance group conducts research on the social, economic, and organisational aspects of financial reporting, corporate finance and governance, corporate social responsibility and sustainability, banking, risk management, accountability and governance. Major research strands include:

  • Behavioural finance
  • Agent-based models in finance
  • Corporate finance and investment
  • Corporate governance
  • Banking and financial intermediation particularly in emerging markets
  • Financial exclusion
  • Risk management and disclosure
  • Real estate finance and investment
  • International finance and investment

Logistics and Supply Chain Management

The Logistics and Supply Chain group supervises PhD students across a broad range of logistics and supply chain research themes including:

  • Sustainable supply chains
  • Supply chain security
  • Port logistics
  • Circular economy
  • Social media and supply chain
  • Digital supply chain
  • Supply chain management and Industry 4.0
  • Big data
  • Socially responsible supply chain
  • SMEs supply chain
  • Global and local supply chain
  • Food, manufacturing and service supply chain


Our dynamic team of research-oriented individuals have expertise in a number of key areas within marketing including:

  • Electronic/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 and social media

Regional and International Business

The Regional and International Business research group of Hull University Business School critically examines the processes of market liberalisation and regulation from a global perspective. They examine areas including:

  • The strategic role of SMEs
  • The evolution and remit of international trade organisations
  • Economic rationales for regulation, including market liberalisation, the control of monopolies and the encouragement of competition
  • Intellectual property regulation, financial services regulation and multinationals regulation
  • The relationship between large and small enterprises
  • Privatisation, outsourcing and public-private partnerships

The Centre for Systems Studies

The Centre for Systems Studies is an international centre of excellence for ground breaking research on systems thinking and practice with strong links to other research institutes and with practitioners in public, private and third-sector organisations.

Research is concerned with advancing the understanding of systems and systemic phenomena in complex socio-economic systems at all scales – from the emergence of local community action and business ecosystems through to the impact of global policy interventions. This work is critical for addressing complex situations and anticipating the - often unintended - consequences of interventions, and for designing structures, actions and strategies for innovation, resilience, and sustainability in dynamic contexts.

Organisation, Ethics and Society

We employ social theory to better understand the various ways in which organising takes place in its social, ethical and political dimensions. Specific topics of interest are:

  • Organising in social movements, civil society and other alternative forms of organisation
  • Corporate social responsibility and sustainability
  • Institutional change and development in Eastern Europe
  • The ethics and politics of management and organisation
  • Democracy in organisations
  • Power, privilege and exploitation in the workplace
  • Equality, diversity and inclusion
  • Work and human relations: the role of ethnicity, culture, migration, family and intergenerational relations
  • Gender and sexuality in organisations
  • Labour process theory, employment relations and trade unions
  • Public sector organisation and governance
  • Critical management studies
  • Age management, work and retirement

“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


Full time:
£4,712 per year

Part time: £2,356 per year


Full time:
£16,250 per year

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

Postgraduate research programme structures


  • Full-time: 3 years of research, with up to 12 months writing up if required
  • Part-time: 5 years of research, with up to 20 months of writing up if required


  • Full-time: one year of research, with up to 12 months writing up if required
  • Part-time: 2 years of research, with up to 24 months of writing up if required

Writing-up and thesis submission

A standard full-time PhD programme comprised three years of research plus up to 12 months of writing-up. Part-time is five years plus up to 20 months writing-up if needed. Full-time standard Masters programmes are comprised one year of research plus up to 12 months of writing-up if needed; and part time Masters programmes have two years of research with up to two years of writing-up.

For full-time students, the writing-up phase 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. The maximum writing-up period is included in your overall programme length, which means that international PGRs will not need to apply for an additional visa to cover the writing-up phase.

If you need to move into the writing-up period of your research degree, you must enrol for this phase and you will be liable to pay a continuation fee.

The fees for the writing-up period for 2023/24 are:

Full time

  • Writing-up fee £345
  • Rebate for submission within first 3 months of the research period end date 100%
  • Rebate for submission between 4- 6 months of the research period end date 50%
  • Rebate for submission between 7-9 months of the research period end date 25%

Part time

  • Continuation Fee £170
  • Rebate for submission within first 3 months of the research period end date 100%
  • Rebate for submission between 4- 6 months of the research period end date 50%
  • Rebate for submission between 7-9 months of the research period end date 25%

Thesis submission timelines

It is expected that you will submit your thesis within the timeframes outlined below:

Masters degrees

  • Submission by one year and 3 months full-time.
  • Submission by 2 years and 6 months part-time.

Doctoral degrees

  • Submission by 3 years and 3 months full-time.
  • Submission by 5 years and 6 months for part-time.

Doctoral Loan

UK students who haven’t secured a scholarship can take out a Doctoral Loan to help with tuition fees and living costs. They provide up to £29,390 for full-time and part-time PhDs in all subject areas.

EU students starting a course on or after 1 August 2021 must have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme to get student finance. Irish citizens do not need to apply for a visa or to the EU Settlement Scheme.

Additional costs

There are some extra costs that you may have to pay, or choose to pay, depending on your programme of study and the decisions you make. The list below has some examples, and any extra costs will vary:

  • Student visas (international students).
  • Books (you’ll have access to many books through the University library, but you may want to buy your own copies).
  • Optional conference/field/archive/library trips (Faculties support some travel and conference attendance financially. Details vary. Please check with the Department/School to which you are applying).
  • Laptop (you’ll have access to laptops and PCs on campus, but you may want to buy your own).
  • Printing and photocopying (There is a printing allowance in place for all students, currently £20 a year. Some Faculties grant PGR students access to printing and photocopying as staff. Please check with the Department/School to which you are applying).
  • Professional-body membership.
  • Graduation (gown hire and photography).

Remember, you’ll still need to take into account your living costs. This could include accommodation, travel and food – to name just a few.

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.

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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 Doctoral College 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 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.

  • For 2024 entry, this course requires IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in each competency.
  • For 2025 entry, this course requires IELTS 6.5 overall with no less than 6.0 in each competency.

See other English language proficiency qualifications accepted by this University.

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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