Entrance to the PhD by Management programme is strongly competitive. Consider increasing your chances of a successful application by exceeding the minimum programme requirements.

Apply early. Supervisors can accept students on a first-come, first-served basis throughout the year.

Minimum academic requirements

Entry to the PhD programme is highly competitive, and usually requires that applicants have the following minimum qualifications:

  • A postgraduate master's degree from an accredited institution in the UK or overseas
  • Evidence of above-average academic achievement (more than 65% overall) and a postgraduate master's dissertation with distinction (UK equivalent). MBA or master's students without a dissertation are welcome to apply and should provide evidence of distinction level (UK equivalent). Your official transcript and grading scheme must be provided when you submit your application.

Application requirements

You need to consider your research proposal and other supporting documents before you can complete your application.

Your proposed research

Before applying, you need to write a research proposal. For guidelines on how to write a proposal, see Your research proposal

Please note that your research proposal is liable to be submitted to the Turnitin plagiarism detection system.


We strongly recommend that you identify a potential supervisor and contact them directly. Find a potential supervisor by browsing our research areas

Supporting documents

You will require:

  • Degree certificates and transcripts, including the grading scheme.
  • Contact details for two academic referees or two academic written references
  • Evidence of English-language competence (for applicants whose first language is not English). See accepted certificates below. 
  • Justification for part-time study (if applying for this mode of study)

Check our Guidelines for supporting documents

Minimum English-language requirements

If English is not your first language, you will need to satisfy one of the following requirements:

Conditions and exemptions

  • No results from testing systems other than those listed above will be accepted.
  • Your English-language certificate must be no more than two years old at the beginning of your degree course.
  • A degree from a UKVI Majority English Language Country English-language university may be accepted in lieu of test scores and must be no more than 2 years old at the programme start date. Details of these countries can be found at Knowledge of English - Tier 4 (General) student visa - GOV.UK