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

Digital platforms and new business ecosystems

  • Business strategy in the age of digital competition
  • Ecosystems emergence and evolution
  • Digital platform innovation
  • Digital platforms, ecosystems performance and governance
  • Digital platforms and international development
  • Digital value creation and capture and digital business models

Digital transformation of government

  • Open data and digital transformation in the public sector
  • Digital government
  • Open data, digital transformation and innovation in the public sector

Entrepreneurship and innovation

  • Emerging working practices in the digital age
  • Scale-ups in the digital economy
  • Gender and entrepreneurship
  • Failure and legitimacy in entrepreneurship
  • Entrepreneurial finance, venture capital and business angel

Ethics and privacy of big data

  • Ethics and AI
  • Governance and business responsibilities of digitalisation
  • Responsible innovation in the digital economy
  • Artificial intelligence and business decision making

Social innovation and sustainability

  • Social entrepreneurship
  • Cultural entrepreneurship in global challenges
  • Sustainable innovation for social inclusion
  • Social impact investing and responsible management
  • Unintended consequences of innovation and entrepreneurship

Social media

  • Evolution of social media platforms
  • Automation and the digital advertising ecosystem
  • Emotions, communication and interactions in social media platforms

Find a course

Find out more about applying to Surrey.

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.