The PhD programme in Business at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, is currently composed of three articulations based on the location of delivery:
Each articulation of the PhD programme in Business builds on the specific focus of the School or unit in which it is delivered.
International Business School Suzhou (IBSS) is located in Suzhou Industrial Park and is one of the first Schools to have been established at XJTLU. IBSS, along with other Schools in the SIP campuses, is structured and organised based on academic fields of research, which translates into five departments: Economics, Finance, Accounting, Intelligent Operations and Marketing, and Strategic Management and Operations.
IBSS is a research-led School as reflected by the contribution of its research-active academic staff to international academic publications, as well as the growing research laboratories and centres it hosts and manages. This includes the IBSS Biometrics Laboratory, the Economics Experimental Laboratory, Centre for Fintech Studies, and Smart Mobility Analytics Centre, to name a few.
IBSS is one of 105 “Triple Crown” business schools in the world (as of 2022) as it was awarded AACSB, EQUIS, and AMBA/BGA accreditations. At the same time, IBSS was also an early signatory of the UN PRIME initiative in China (Principles for Responsible Management Education).
The School of Intelligent Finance and Business (IFB) is founded on the philosophy of Syntegrative Education (SE). The University aims to reshape the future of business education by proposing SE as the response to the challenges brought by AI in the innovation-driven era. IFB is committed to combining academically rigorous education with business practice, to educate and cultivate the next generation of top international industry talents.
The PhD in Business programme at the IFB creates an innovative education mechanism with the integration of industry, education and research. The PhD features strong engagement with the industry, which can be reflected through research idea generation, data collection, and impact creation.
Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Hub (EEH) is founded on the philosophy of Syntegrative Education (SE). The SE is an innovative educational model targeted to produce international high-end applied talents with profound disciplinary knowledge and practical industry attainments as well as cross-cultural leadership, management, and entrepreneurship skills. EEH is committed to harnessing SE and combining creativity and inspiration with commercial value to contribute to a growing economy.
The PhD in Business programme at the EEH seeks to train students in original research with a cross-disciplinary methodology in entrepreneurship and innovation, and to create a solid foundation for cultivating resourceful and innovative thinking for a strong knowledge foundation.
On all our programmes, PhD candidates pursue their own research projects and are jointly supervised by a team of academic staff members from both XJTLU and the University of Liverpool. The candidates will also have the opportunity to work with industry supervisors, who will be involved in providing research, guidance, and industry support. The academic and industry resources from the school will enable you to utilise both theoretical and practical methods to achieve world-changing research outcomes.
The main research areas in IBSS include (but are not limited to):
The research areas in the Entrepreneur College (Taicang) include (but are not limited to):
XJTLU offers an intellectually exciting environment in which to conduct original research, recognising the importance of both fundamental and applied study in generating new knowledge and ways of thinking.
All supervisor teams for PhD students will consist of at least one supervisor who has supervised a PhD to completion. That supervisor will play a supportive and mentoring role of the co-supervisor. Additionally, supervising staff have access to training provided by the Academic Enhancement Centre as well as being mentored by the Departmental Graduate Studies Officer. Regular progress reports and reviews, as outlined in the programme specifications, will ensure that both candidate progress and supervisory support will be monitored.
Students will also be co-supervised by scholars based at the University of Liverpool, who will be appointed based on the convergence of research specialisms and the PhD research proposal.
Find out potential supervisors from Department of Accounting.
Find out potential supervisors from Department of Intelligent Operations and Marketing.
Find out potential supervisors from Department of Economics.
Find out potential supervisors from Department of Finance.
Find out potential supervisors from Department of Strategic Management and Organisations.
Find out potential supervisors from Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Hub.
Find out potential supervisors from School of Intelligent Finance and Business
There are two types of scholarship available for candidates applying for a full-time doctoral programme.
1) Apply for a scholarship for a funded PhD project:
You can apply for a pre-defined PhD project which has received funds from the University or external funding bodies. The research topic and supervisory team for these projects have already been established.
There is no specific application deadline for each project as they will remain open for applications until the position is filled. The start date of a PhD programme is usually the first day of March, June, September, or December. You can visit the Postgraduate Research Scholarships Page for information about the specific PhD projects available or contact potential supervisors to discuss funding opportunities.
2) Apply for a postgraduate research scholarship with your own project:
You can also apply for scholarship with your own project. There will be two application rounds for each academic year:
|Application Rounds||Application deadline||Release of results|
|First Round||17:00 CST(UTC+8), 15 October||End of December|
|Second Round||17:00 CST(UTC+8), 15 April||Early July|