Research degrees at Kingston Business School

Dear Applicant,

Your decision to engage in doctoral research marks the beginning of your academic career and a personal commitment to contribute to knowledge in your field of study.

During your studies you will develop your research skills and formulate new ideas which will help solve important business and management problems.

The doctoral process will take you through a journey that involves periods of great fulfilment, coming from the production of scholarly work, but also times of struggle. Our promise is to support, encourage and recognise your efforts and work throughout your studies.

We will ensure that you receive research training to a high-standard and are equipped with the necessary skills and tools to produce rigorous research outcomes.

Our goal is to produce future researcher leaders who are able to demonstrate excellence in their field, undertake collaborative work, and disseminate and publish leading outputs that can influence stakeholders.

The guidance and research support you receive from us will be substantial. We will seek to develop a lifelong collaboration with you, whether you choose to stay in academia or enter the business world.

We are here to support your decision and effort and I look forward, as a Director of the programme, to welcoming you to Kingston Business School.


Director of Doctoral Programmes

Doctoral research degrees

Applications for October 2023 are now open. Apply for PhD studies here.

Current research themes

Staff have a breadth of experience in the supervision of doctoral and masters students. There are currently a wide range of opportunities on offer across the school and faculty to engage in individual research leading to a PhD or Masters by Research.


  • Qualitative and quantitative SME research methodologies
  • Multi-level modelling
  • Survey and interviewing techniques
  • Narrative analysis
  • Discourse analysis
  • Grounded theory
  • Systematic literature review methods
  • Critical incident technique
  • Measuring entrepreneurial attributes
  • Impact assessment

Kavita Patel's PhD experience

Kavita Patel, a Kingston Business School PhD student used Facebook to identify whether people are serious about sustainability, or just playing at being green. Watch Kavita talk about her very interesting research and also about her experience of doing a PhD at Kingston Business School.