PhD International Business School Suzhou

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The PhD programme in International Business School Suzhou prepares students to become academic scholars or to embark on other research related careers in education, industry, government or international organisations. You will specialise in specific areas of economics (including financial economics) or management.

The economics PhD has a number of sub-specialisations including (but not limited to):

  • Financial economics
  • Macroeconomics
  • International trade and finance
  • Public finance
  • The Chinese economy
  • Game theory
  • Econometrics.

The management PhD has a number of sub-specialisations including (but not limited to):

  • Entrepreneurship
  • General management
  • Human resource management
  • International business
  • Information management
  • Marketing
  • Operations and supply chain management
  • Accounting.
The PhD degree is awarded by the University of Liverpool but taught at IBSS in Suzhou with academic instructors and advisors from both institutions. Upon successful completion of your programme you will receive a degree from the University of Liverpool, which is recognised by the UK’s Department of Education as well as China’s Ministry of Education.

Key benefits of PhD study at XJTLU:

  • Our PhD programme equips you with a range of professional skills to help you maximise your future employability
  • Our supervisors will guide you through one of the most intellectually satisfying experiences of your life
  • Supervision from respected academics at both XJTLU and the University of Liverpool
  • PhD students have dedicated travel budgets for participating in international conferences
  • The chance to apply for a research visit to the University of Liverpool for up to three months
  • Opportunities to work as a teaching assistant and develop crucial academic skills.



We have a number of scholarship options for PhD candidates, including tuition-only scholarships for full-time PhD study and an academic merit scholarship for international students. Please see our scholarships page for more information.

Additionally, specific funded PhD projects are available that have a scholarship covering the tuition fee and a monthly stipend. Please visit scholarships for specific financial information. The Department has the following funded PhD projects available (this list is updated in January and July every year):

Title of PhD project Reference number Status Supervisor

Stochastic behavior, term structure and margin adequacy in VIX futures market VIX



Dr Yi Hong

Theoretical and empirical studies on the dynamic diffusion of low carbon innovations: the perspective of socio-technical system evolution
NSFC 2015 Project No. 71573213 Open Dr Lixian Qian

Disclosure quality and political connection in determination of interest rate in Chinese internet lending market RDF-15-02-04 Open Dr Xudong Ji
Corporate social responsibility strategy of multinational companies in China: A legitimacy perspective NSFC 2016 Project No. 71672146 Open Professor Juelin Yin
Research on Big Data Analytics Framework for Fraud Management
RDF-16-01-24 Open Ou Liu
Corporate Tax Avoidance: Determining the Extent of Tax Avoidance in Large Listed Companies, Value Effects and Determinants of Aggressive Tax Planning RDF-16-01-38 Open Dr Brian Wright
Trade on Inside Information Among Financial Institutions – Evidence From the Chinese A-share Market RDF-16-01-44 Open Dr Tao Huang

Entry requirements

We accept a wide variety of academic qualifications for entry onto our PhD programme. Please see our entry requirements for additional information.

How to apply

All applications for a PhD programme should start with you emailing potential supervisors about either a specific funded project or about your idea for a self-funded project.

They can help you with the next stages of the application process and you can also find out more information on our how to apply section.