Research courses

As a PhD student you will receive rigorous training in research methods, outstanding supervision and mentorship, and coursework that will give you both in-depth and broad subject-specific knowledge.

What we are researching

Business transformation

  • Business analytics, business optimisation and economics
  • Data-driven management
  • Operations, logistics and business process management
  • Lean thinking and agile manufacturing

Digital economy, entrepreneurship and innovation

  • Digital transformation
  • Personal data economy
  • Digital platforms and ecosystems
  • Open data and big data

Finance and accounting

  • International expansion
  • Empirical behavioural finance
  • Risk taking by financial institutions
  • Bank market power and firm performance

Marketing and retail management

  • Retail marketing and distribution management
  • Service marketing and management
  • Consumer and shopper behaviour

People and organisations

  • Leadership and team processes
  • Organisational and human resource management assessment
  • Quality of working life

Strategy and international business

  • Business-government relationships
  • Managing geopolitics
  • Internationalisation
  • Political uncertainty

Find a course

Find out more about applying to Surrey.


Surrey Business School: Management and Business PhD Studentships 2023

Funding information:
The funding package is for 3 years full-time (pro rata part-time) and is:Stipend at the standard UKRI rate  - £16,062 for 2022-23 (pro-rata for part time) Full UK or Overseas fees waiver Research Training and Support Grant of £750 per annum for three years (pro rata for part-time). To be used during the funded period.

Expert support

Our Doctoral College supports the academic and professional development of postgraduate researchers to ensure our world-leading research continues to grow. There is also an extensive Researcher Development Programme run at university level.

What our students say

Read our student profiles to discover first-hand what it's like to study with us.

Surrey is a fantastic place to study for a PhD. Not only are the academic facilities cutting-edge, the campus also has a special environment, which stimulates collaboration. Birgit Altrichter, Management and Business PhD
Birgit Altrichter