What will I learn?

Course overview

This PhD programme will offer you the opportunity undertake original and business relevant research in International Business and Strategy. In this programme you will develop your critical thinking, intellectual capacity and creativity. Our postgraduate research students are drawn from all over the world. You will benefit from a dynamic research environment and supervision from internationally renowned faculty, dedicated support and outstanding facilities.

For over 50 years we have stood at the forefront of teaching and research in International Business. We continue to help define the research agenda in the field as well as in International Business History and International Human Resource Management. High quality teaching spans a broad range of programmes and focuses on critical developments in international business. Also on organisations’ strategic response to these developments.

As a part of the PhD in International Business and Strategy, we offer Henley International Business Masterclasses. We provide these intensive courses on current debates and conceptual issues in International Business to give you broader learning opportunities. Each masterclass offers the opportunity to engage in key International Business topics taught by notable intellectual figures in the field.

How Henley careers can help you?

We have an award-winning careers team here to support you through your time at Henley and 4 years after graduating.

Henley Careers and Professional Development run numerous events throughout the autumn and spring terms to help you gain industry experience. These events are aimed to enhance your professional development and network with employers. We also offer one-to-one career coaching appointments where you can talk to a Careers Consultant about your professional development. This may include planning your ideal career journey or building confidence in a particular area. It could also involve practicing for interviews or having your CV checked.

Which department am I in?


Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
The fee for 2020/21 entry is: £16,890. There might be slight increase in fee for 2021/22 entry.
Start date

October 2021


Henley Business School

University of Reading,

Whiteknights, Henley-On-Thames,



RG6 6UD, England

Entry requirements

For international students

Top grades in your Masters degree (minimum requirement is Merit or equivalent, but we prefer Distinction); Top grade in your Masters Dissertation (or equivalent research-based piece of work) because this may show your research attitude and skills; A well-developed research proposal. English requirements : Applicants whose first language is not English are expected to have obtained an overall score of 7.0 in IELTS (with no element below 6.0). Alternatively, applicants could undertake a TOEFL Internet-based test with an overall score of 100 and no less than a score of 20 in Listening, Writing and Reading, and 21 in Speaking, or pass a TEEP test at the University of Reading and obtain a score of 7.0 (with no element below 6.0). For all other equivalent score requirements in the English Language tests that we accept.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.