Research Degrees

An opportunity to become an expert in your field, in one of the world’s most famous cities for learning.

Our mission as Oxford Brookes Business School is to ‘Inspire minds with insight and ambition’. Our doctoral students and wider research community sit at the heart of this mission. 

Through full time or part time study as a doctoral candidate, you can transform your future through undertaking rigorous and creative research training with recognised subject experts to become an independent researcher. You will be part of our supportive, vibrant, diverse and inclusive research community and thriving research centres, with opportunities to develop life-long networks. 

Our doctoral programmes enable change by providing the foundation for your future careers, whether as an academic, or as a practitioner in industry. Completing a doctorate at OBBS will make a real difference to you, to organisations you may be part of and to the wider global society. At OBBS we believe in the power of transforming futures together. If this excites you then let’s talk about how you can start your research journey with us.

Equality, diversity and inclusion

The OBBS Doctoral Programme is committed to fostering an inclusive, welcoming research environment. We are building a research culture, which includes equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) activities, research integrity and open research practice.

We are working with other groups across the University to monitor best practice and take advantage of the many opportunities within the Oxford Brookes University for sharing experience and expertise.

We recognise that different groups face different challenges, and we seek to create an environment in which everyone’s needs are respected and supported. The Doctoral Programmes at OBBS foster a vibrant environment where students, faculty and staff can collaboratively research and work, regardless of race, religion, age, gender identity, sexual orientation, nationality, socio-economic status or disabilities. We value the academic, social and broader benefits that emerge from diverse students and we are continually working towards an academic environment where all members of the OBBS research community feel supported and celebrated.

Further information can be found on the university EDI policy and support pages.

PhD Studentship Opportunity

We are accepting applications from outstanding doctoral candidates to work with a team of researchers that are part of the Technology in Professional Services (TiPS), a new major research project, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and Innovate UK organisation that will help accountancy and law firms to accelerate technological adoption, and the Oxford Regions, Innovation and Enterprise Lab (ORIEL). For more information, click here

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DCM Student Lanre Olusola Receives Double Honorary PhDs in Behavioural Change Psychology and Leadership

Lanre Olusola, one of Oxford Brookes Business School’s Doctor of Coaching and Mentoring students, has been awarded two honorary doctorates for his contribution to his profession, discipline and clients. Olusola highlighted the role that Oxford Brookes Business played in his coaching development and sends his special thanks to his PhD supervisors Dr Ioanna Iordannou and Dr Christian Ehrlich.

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PhD student successfully funded by Royal Economic Society COVID Academic Support fund

Business School Research Degrees Student Rajkamal Singh Mann’s application to the Royal Economic Society’s Academic Support Fund has been successful. The Society has granted £10,000 to support Rajkamal through the difficulties of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Funded studentship with Advanced Oxford

Hanna Tornow started her PhD at the Centre for Diversity Policy Research and Practice (CDPRP) at Oxford Brookes University, in collaboration with Advanced Oxford. Discover more about our collaborative research project.

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