International Business PhD study environment

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The International Business (IB) Division is a major training ground for exceptionally qualified and strongly motivated new researchers. We foster collaborative and supportive research culture and offer key resources to ensure you successfully develop projects that are both scholarly and practically valuable. Central to our doctoral training are strong methodological skills and the development of cutting-edge research in collaboration with faculty members.

The Division is home to the Centre for International Business at the University of Leeds (CIBUL), which is one of the largest international business expert groups in the UK and a pioneer research-led institute globally. Our faculty include the President of the Academy of International Business (AIB), former AIB presidents, three AIB Fellows and two European International Business Academy (EIBA) Fellows who are actively engaged in doctoral supervision and training.

Our doctoral students are an integral part of our research environment and make significant contributions to published research. Our postgraduate researchers have won (or have been finalists of) a number of major international prizes, including the Gunnar Hedlund Prize, the Michael Z. Brooke Prize, the Academy of Management Outstanding Dissertation Award and the Peter J. Buckley and Mark Casson Outstanding Dissertation Award.

Our alumni have undertaken a variety of international and high profile academic (including HEC Montreal, University of Melbourne, University of Liverpool) and non-academic careers (including McKinsey, Amazon, Santander, Raleigh International, Garmin).

The PhD experience in International Business is in line with the Leeds doctorate framework and goes beyond individual research. It consists of the following elements:  

Your academic experience

Our students carry out independent research working closely with their supervisors who are experts in the field whose role is to challenge, inspire and support them.

View faculty profiles and their research interests here

Your professional development

There are numerous opportunities for professional development including:

  • Training programmes to develop skills relevant to your research
  • Northern Advanced Research Training Initiative (NARTI)
  • Conferences, events and networking to advance your research and career
  • University of Leeds Careers Centre

View our divisional news and events here.

A number of our doctoral researchers are also involved in teaching assistance on our undergraduate and Masters programmes, after undertaking appropriate teaching training.

Your research community

Our doctoral students are a part of a diverse, welcoming and supportive research community with numerous opportunities to connect academically and socially with each other and with the Faculty to share ideas and experiences (eg, monthly PhD International Business Coffees, PhD IB Buddy Programme).

Access our International Business PhD Newsletters below to get the flavour of our vibrant research community:

Your global engagement

Our postgraduate researchers are provided with numerous opportunities to engage with the international business research community globally through:

  • Working with our international faculty
  • Attending international conferences
  • Interacting with invited guest speakers

Our students are encouraged to become members of the Academy of International Business (AIB) and to take part in their initiatives, including the Research Methodology Shared Interest Group as well as its resources and events. The University of Leeds is also a member of the NORD-IB programme and the Business School has recently launched the Joint Doctoral Seminar Series which aims to bring together postgraduate researchers and academics from the School and the University of Antwerp in Belgium.

Your wellbeing

Practical advice is available to our postgraduate researchers, with access to a wide range of resources and services provided by the University. This includes:


For further information on how to apply please visit our Research Degrees.

You can find our latest funding opportunities on the University of Leeds PhD directory