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The PhD is the highest academic degree and as such Durham graduates are in demand for academic posts in leading universities and top business schools; for business and management consultancy in commerce and industry; and for senior management roles in private sector organisations and government institutions.

Whatever your goals, the Durham PhD gives you the opportunity to combine rigorous academic theory with research to influence the world of business and make a unique contribution to your field of study. It attracts exceptional students of the highest calibre, and in conjunction with scholars internationally-renowned for their research and thought leadership, the PhD programme at Durham University Business School is both challenging and stimulating.

We offer two routes to a PhD:

PhD study at the Business School

PhD by Research

For applicants who already hold a Masters qualification or international equivalent. Full-time or part-time options.


PhD with Integrated Studies

A four-year full-time option for applicants without a UK Masters qualification or international equivalent.


What's next?


Life at Durham

Recent Publications

Braun, S. & Nieberle, K. Authentic leadership extends beyond work: A multilevel model of work-family conflict and enrichment. The Leadership Quarterly.

Eckersley, P., England, K. and Ferry, L. Sustainable development in cities. Public Money and Management.

Research Seminars


Dr Frederik Dalhmann (Assistant Professor of Global Energy, Warwick...

Seminar organised by the Centre for Organisations and Society.


Dr Chia-Huei Wu (LSE): The role of leader support in facilitating...

Researchers have proposed that leader support helps employees behave proactively at work.

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