MPhil/PhD Business School - Research Opportunities

As a research student, you have access to a structured programme of training delivered by our Graduate School.

The Course

As a doctoral student, you can join an international research environment in the Lincoln International Business School, working alongside researchers on collaborative projects that aim to make a tangible difference to business and society.

There is an emphasis on your own independent critical investigation, supervised by an experienced team of academics. You can benefit from an active research community in the School, and research groups with which to align your study.

As a research student, you have access to a structured programme of training delivered by our Graduate School. This aims to support you in the development of the practical and critical skills which are necessary for this programme and are transferable to your career. There may be opportunities to participate in undergraduate teaching following relevant training.

Lincoln Business School is committed to research that has practical value and actively engages with a range of organisations. Within the Business School, research is organised around the following research groups:

  • Community Organisation
  • Marketing and Supply Chain
  • Regional and Rural Enterprise
  • Visitor Economy
  • Responsible Management
  • Lincoln Economics and Finance (LEAF)

Current research projects involve private and public sector organisations, social enterprises, innovative organisations and local communities. We have academics actively involved in researching issues and practices emerging in international contexts and we support students interested in working across international contexts.

Research in the School has addressed the following areas: Sustainable Community Organisations, Logistics, Supply Chain Management, Critical Management Studies, Marketing Practice, Tourism and Events Management, Regional Economies, Enterprise and Entrepreneurial Learning, Innovation Policies, Small and Medium Sized Enterprises in a Developing Context, International Business, E-consumer Behaviour and Digital Economies.

Research students have access to training and development at all levels of their research studies. You will be linked to active research groups in the School and have the opportunity to participate in School and College-based research seminars and visits.

Students are assigned a Director of Studies and a second supervisor. Supervisors will have demonstrable experience and expertise in the area of study. Students are expected to work independently on their research projects under the advice/direction of the supervision team.

Contact Hours and Independent Study

Due to the nature of postgraduate research programmes, the vast majority of your time will be spent in independent study and research. You will have regular meetings with your academic supervisors, at least once a month, however the regularity of these may vary depending on your own individual requirements, subject area, staff availability and the stage of your programme.

Students are required to demonstrate adequate and appropriate progress on an annual basis. Final assessment is by viva voce examination of a research thesis. You are also expected to demonstrate how your research findings have contributed to knowledge or developed existing theory or understanding.
Before submitting your application we strongly recommend that you visit the research groups on our website and clearly indicate in your application how your proposed research aligns to the interests of a named research group:

Enrolment Dates

To support your experience within the postgraduate research community, new students are encouraged to enrol in October, February or May.

In addition to meeting peers across the University who are starting their research programme at the same time, there is access to a central training programme designed around the first three months of study, and targeted support aligned to each stage of the postgraduate research journey. Alternative enrolment dates may be agreed with your supervisor on an individual basis.

Typically, students considered for postgraduate research are interviewed. Interviews may be in person or conducted by Skype or telephone if necessary.
2018/19 Entry*Full-timePart-time
Home/EU £4,260 £2,130
(including Alumni Scholarship** 25% reduction)
£3,195 £1,598
International £13,500 £6,750

(Including International Alumni / Global Postgraduate Scholarship £2,000 reduction)

£11,500 £5,750
Thesis Pending Home/EU (MPhil/PhD only) £682 £682
Thesis Pending International (MPhil/PhD only) £1,958 £1,958

* Academic year August - July
** UoL Alumni students only enrolling on to a Postgraduate Research programme. 25% Offset against the tuition fee payable for each year of study
*** All International students holding a UoL degree when enrolling on a PG programme. First year’s fees only.

Research students may be required to pay additional fees in addition to cover the cost of specialist resources, equipment and access to any specialist collections that may be required to support their research project. These will be informed by the research proposal submitted and will be calculated on an individual basis. Any additional fees will be outlined in your offer letter, prior to accepting your place at the University of Lincoln.

Guidance for Postgraduate Fees

Postgraduate Research

Full time and part time postgraduate research students will be invoiced the published set fee each academic year enrolled, up to the point of thesis submission.

Upon first enrolment, the full set fee is payable.

All continuing students are required to re-enrol on their anniversary of their first enrolment. The relevant set full time or part time fee is payable by all continuing students on re-enrolment.

A reduced ‘writing-up’ fee in the 12 month period prior to thesis submission may be applicable subject to your progress. After your Viva Voce examination, additional fees will be payable if a second Viva Voce examination is required.

For further information and for details about funding your study, scholarships and bursaries, please see our Postgraduate Fees & Funding pages [].

Master's or MPhil in a relevant subject.

EU and International students whose first language is not English will require English Language IELTS 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in each element, or equivalent:

Learn from Experts

Throughout this degree, students may receive tuition from professors, senior lecturers, lecturers, researchers, practitioners, visiting experts or technicians, and they may also be supported in their learning by other students.

Your Future Career

Career and Personal Development

Throughout the research degree, students are encouraged to take part in all activities associated with developing a research career. The available postgraduate research degree training programmes considers career development issues and students are encouraged to maintain training and development logs throughout their studies.

In some cases students will have the opportunity to support undergraduate students and experience seminar teaching. To support this, the University of Lincoln offers a range of teaching and learning activities and courses, and postgraduate students involved in teaching are encouraged to actively to take up these opportunities for development.


The Lincoln International Business School is based in the David Chiddick building alongside Lincoln Law School. The building provides students with teaching and learning space including lecture theatres, workshop rooms, an IT/language lab and a mooting chamber.

We constantly invest in our campus as we aim to provide the best learning environment for our students. The University strives to ensure students have access to specialist equipment and resources, to develop the skills, which they may need in their future career.

Students also make the most of the University's award-winning Great Central Warehouse Library, which is home to more than 260,000 books and ebooks and approximately 200,000 print and electronic journals, alongside databases and specialist collections.

The University intends to provide its courses as outlined in these pages, although the University may make changes in accordance with the Student Admissions Terms and Conditions.