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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.

Research Areas, Projects & Topics

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.
-Economics and Finance

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.

How You Study

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.

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.

How You Are Assessed

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.


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, along with places to meet and eat with friends and staff.

Sage 50 and SPSS software is available within the Business School for student use.

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.

Visit the MPhil in Business Research page on the University of Lincoln website for more details!




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