MPhil: 1.5-3 years. PhD: 2-4 years
MPhil: 2-4 years. PhD: 3-6 years
Dr Eric Ruto - Programme Leader
Dr Eric Ruto is a Senior Lecturer in Economics at the University of Lincoln Business School. Dr Ruto has research interests broadly in the areas of rural, food, and environmental economics and has expertise in quantitative research methods. His methodological interests include discrete choice modelling, multivariate statistical analysis methods, and applied econometricsSchool Staff List Make an Enquiry
Doctoral candidates pursue original research with the goal of making a significant contribution to knowledge in, and understanding of, their chosen field. As a postgraduate researcher you can become an integral part of our research community, working with leading academics whose research has gone on to impact business, policy, and society on an international scale.
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 will have access to a structured programme of training supported by our Doctoral School. This aims to assist 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.
Normally, PhD students register for an MPhil, and after two terms are expected to transfer to the PhD programme. This transfer requires the production of a detailed research proposal, which the candidate will be expected to defend at a transfer viva. The formal transfer is subject to approval by the University's Research Committees
Students are assigned a supervision team consisting of a Director of Studies (first supervisor) and usually one second supervisor. Students are expected to work independently on their research projects under the advice and direction of the supervision team.
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 meetings with your academic supervisors, however the regularity of these will 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 usually on an annual basis. A PhD is awarded based on the quality of your thesis and your ability in an oral examination (viva voce) to present and successfully defend your chosen research topic to a group of academics. You are also expected to demonstrate how your research findings have contributed to knowledge or developed existing theory or understanding.
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.
Normally candidates should hold a 2:1 honours degree, or international equivalent in a relevant subject. You should also hold a Master’s degree, or international equivalent, at merit or above.
While academic credentials are important for a successful application we also pay great attention to the fit of students to both the programme and the research interests of our academic team. Applicants are assessed based on their previous academic performance, the quality of their research proposal, and the availability of suitable members of staff to supervise the chosen research topic.
If you would like to undertake a PhD, but do not currently have a Master's degree (or equivalent) in a relevant subject, you may want to consider studying one of our Master's programmes.
International students will require English Language at IELTS 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in each element, or equivalent. For more information, please visit:
Research supervision is available across a range of subjects. Before submitting your application we recommend that you take a look at the research groups that sit within Lincoln International Business School, to read about specific research interests of our staff members:
To find out more, please visit Lincoln International Business School research pages.
To support your experience within the postgraduate research community, new students are encouraged to enrol in October, February or May.
Before you apply, it is important that you take the time to review our current research activity to identify where your research interests link to our work and expertise. This includes taking a look at the research groups that sit within Lincoln International Business School, as your research interests ideally should fit into at least one of these groups.
You may indicate in your application how your proposed research specifically aligns to the interests of a named research group. You do not need to identify a supervisor in advance of applying; if successful you will be allocated a supervision team. After you identify where your own research interest is likely to fit alongside our research and expertise, you may proceed to prepare an application.
Your research proposal is an essential part of your application that will be used to assess both your suitability for a research degree and whether we can offer you supervision. This should outline your research interests and the nature of the research you plan to carry out (about 3,000 to 5,000 words in length, excluding references and appendices). If accepted, you are not committed to following your proposed research exactly. Please note that a personal statement does not meet the requirements of a research proposal.
Please refer to our research proposal guidelines for advice on creating your proposal.
The University of Lincoln is part of the Northern Advanced Research Training Initiative (NARTI), a network of research-led universities providing specialist advanced training through the facilitation of events, retreats, and conferences to establish networks to share cross-regional expertise.
Throughout the research degree, students are encouraged to take part in all activities associated with developing a research career. The Researcher Development Programme from the Doctoral School considers career development pathways 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.
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There are opportunites to get involved in exciting research projects by applying for a studentship.