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What our students think

PhD by Research

We caught up with a few of our current research students to find out what it's like studying a PhD at Durham and what have been their particular highlights so far.

PhD study at the Business School

PhD by Research


PhD by research at Durham University Business School

Nazha Gali

PhD in Management Entrepreneurship

I chose Durham University for its renowned reputation as a research-led University. I am someone who is passionate about research and there is no better University that would provide me with a rich and fulfilling experience to ensure the pursuit of a successful academic career. I am lucky to have a very supportive and well-achieved Supervisor. It is through his constant guidance and support that I am able to progress.

Durham University provides high standards of education at all levels - be it lectures, training courses, or conferences. It also has top leading researchers from different areas whose expertise allows the student body to acquire the necessary skills and knowledge to ensure success in their future careers. I plan on continuing to work with my supervisor on future publications. Being a PhD student with a dream to join academia, I consider Durham University to be the right place for one’s academic advancement and excellence.

Tao Xue

Tao Xue

PhD in Marketing

I chose Durham because of its world-class research, support for students and fantastic facilities. Very knowledgeable academic staff achieve a high quality research output and are always approachable and open for any kind of discussion.

My supervisors are incredible in guiding my research. They are available for discussions and knowledgeable about my PhD topic in Marketing. To support this, I attend diverse research seminars, which inspire me and broaden my perspectives. The social life is great too; the college system at Durham definitely gives you the advantage to engage and socialize. I have made amazing friends at Ustinov College where I have been staying. The PhD programme also organises regular social outings for research students to meet each other.

During my PhD studies I get the chance to teach in-class and on distance learning courses, to both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, which is essential for pursuing an academic career, which is what I intend to do. The programme encourages and supports students for academic activities such as conferences and statistical training. I also get to collaborate with other lecturers and professors on potential papers.