Nottingham Trent University

Research degrees in Business

Nottingham Trent University offers opportunities to read for an MPhil or a PhD degree by research in all of its academic schools.

Nottingham Business School has a mission 'to provide education and research that combines academic excellence with impact, transforming business and organisation through knowledge and people' (NBS Blue Sky Vision 2011 - 2016).To contribute to this mission the intention is to develop research which has an impact on business, management and policy.
Research focuses and subject areas

NBS supports research across its five divisions:

  •     Accountancy and Finance
  •     Economics
  •     Human Resource Management
  •     Marketing
  •     Management

Furthermore, and highlighting the School's particular areas of expertise, eight research groups are currently in operation:

  •     Customer Engagement (Retail and Service)
  •     Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  •     International and Development Economics
  •     Money, Finance and Risk
  •     Organising as Practice
  •     Public Management and Governance
  •     Responsible and Sustainable Business
  •     Work and Employment

Please note that all PhD students are active members of these research groups. As a new student you will be advised by your supervisors which group(s) to join, according to your research interests. The groups provide ample opportunities for you to engage in the preparation of academic symposia and other events, and to network with academics across the School and with visiting Professors.

Furthermore, you could find a very welcoming audience to whom to present your research / ideas. You would receive feedback that will certainly boost your presentation skills and confidence, as well as contributing to your viva voce preparations and future job interviews.

In addition, a small number of academics are attached to specialist research centres that work in highly specialised areas. Notable examples of these areas of inter-disciplinary research include:

  •     Lean and performance management
  •     Betting and gambling
  •     Political forecasting
  •     Public services management
  •     Economics
  •     Economic Strategy Research Bureau
  •     China management

Entry requirements

  •     A minimum of a first or second-class degree or a Master's degree in a relevant discipline
  •     A period of pre-PhD study is required for some subjects before entry to a PhD
  •     And / or evidence of motivation and ability to conduct research at higher degree level
  •     English language requirements - IELTS 6.5 (with minimum sub-scores of 6.0)

Applicants who have taken a higher degree at a UK university are normally exempt from the English language requirements. Applicants who do not meet the English language proficiency requirement will normally be asked to complete an English Language course.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Fee locale Course duration
MPhil Full-time £ 4,260 (Whole course) Home/EU 1 Years
MPhil Full-time £ 13,250 (Whole course) International 1 Years
MPhil Part-time £ 2,130 (Academic year) Home/EU Years
MPhil Part-time £ 6,625 (Academic year) International Years
PhD Full-time £ 4,260 (Academic year) Home/EU 4 Years
PhD Full-time £ 13,250 (Academic year) International 4 Years
PhD Part-time £ 2,130 (Academic year) Home/EU 8 Years
PhD Part-time £ 6,625 (Academic year) International 8 Years

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