The PhD programme in Entrepreneurship at Durham University Business School seeks to “integrate doctoral students into research across the full spectrum of our activities, including through dissertations that span research centres (with supervisors from different specialisms in the field) and via long-standing formal academic links with international doctoral programmes”.

PhD Entrepreneurship Durham University

Areas of faculty research

  • Entrepreneur types and behavior
  • Graduate enterprise
  • Entrepreneurial leadership
  • Succession and buy-outs in new ventures
  • Learning advantages of new ventures
  • Entrepreneurial education and entrepreneurship degree
  • Policy for developing entrepreneurs
  • Behavioral psychology (‘nudge’) approaches in new ventures
  • Sustaining entrepreneurial capacity
  • Entrepreneurial social capital and social exchange
  • Entrepreneurship in different communities
  • ‘Ambidextrous management’ in corporate entrepreneurship
  • New venture equity financing
  • Science parks and spinouts
  • Gender aspects of entrepreneurship

PhD students in Entrepreneurship at Durham University are part of a larger ecosystem that includes the StartGrid Accelerator that supports students in developing a venture idea, a business plan competition called Dragons’ Den, and the Student Enterprise Acceleration Fund. The university also features Enactus Durham, a student-led organization whose projects empower people to improve their own lives and others in their communities through sustainable innovation. Similarly, the student-run Entrepreneurs Durham society helps develop an entrepreneurial skill-set, a creative outlook, and a business-savvy mindset.