The following guidelines apply to prospective students interested in a PhD at the Business School. These include application dates, the overall application process, and how to apply online.

We offer PhDs in: 

  • Management
  • Accounting
  • Finance

All PhD applications are made under the PhD in Management programme and you may choose to remain on this or change to a PhD in Accounting or Finance at the end of your first year.

Entry dates

This programme has a September entry date, except for the Carbon Emissions project which has a January 2017 entry date.

Entry dateApplication deadline
September31 May


Depending on your eligibility, you may apply for scholarships and funding for the PhD programme. Please note:

  • Scholarship application deadlines vary.
  • Scholarships may have additional application criteria.
  • You must also submit your online application for the PhD programme.
  • Your Personal Statement in your online application will serve as your scholarship covering letter unless otherwise stated in the scholarships and funding section.
  • Awardees of external scholarships will not be considered for the scholarships we offer.

For details about the scholarships we offer and how to apply, see scholarships and funding

Application process overview

1. Check entry requirements

Before applying for a programme, please consider whether you meet the minimum academic requirements. If English is not your first language, you will also need to satisfy our minimum English language requirements.

Minimum academic requirements

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

  • Normally a postgraduate master's degree from an accredited institution in the UK or overseas (we accept applications from those still currently studying for a masters, but any offer will be conditional on successful completion at the required standard).
  • Evidence of above-average academic achievement (more than 65% overall) and normally a postgraduate master's dissertation with distinction (UK equivalent). MBA or master's students without a dissertation are welcome to apply and should normally provide evidence of distinction level work (UK equivalent).
  • Your official transcript and grading scheme must be provided when you submit your application.

For further information including conditions, exemptions, and English-language requirements, see entry requirements

2. Review our research areas

Review our research areas and staff profiles to ensure supervision for your own research can be secured.

We strongly recommend that you identify a potential supervisor and contact them directly before applying.

Important: for your application to be processed, you must name your preferred faculty group, unless you have already chosen a potential supervisor. Please name either, or both, of these in the Proposed Supervisor section of the online application form.

View our group and supervisor profiles

3. Write a research proposal

Your research proposal is an essential part of your application that will be used to assess your suitability for the PhD programme.

It should be 3,000 to 5,000 words in length and clearly explain the research hypothesis, objectives, and why the research is important.

Points to note

  • If accepted, you are not committed to following your proposed research exactly.
  • Applications received without a research proposal will not be considered.
  • A personal statement does not meet the requirement of a research proposal.
  • Your research proposal is liable to be submitted to the Turnitin plagiarism detection system.

 For guidelines on how to write a good proposal, as well as an example proposal, see your research proposal

4. Submit application

Applications are made using the University's online system, EUCLID. Before your application can be completed, you will need to supply supporting documents.

Supporting documents

As part of the application process, you will be required to upload the following supporting documents:

  • Degree certificates and transcripts, including the grading scheme.
  • A research proposal
  • Contact details for two academic referees or two academic written references
  • Evidence of English-language competence (for applicants whose first language is not English). Accepted certificates are found in entry requirements. 
  • Justification for part-time study (if applying for this mode of study)

Please check our guidelines on supporting documents

Apply online

Applications can only be accepted via our online application portal. By following the links below, you will be redirected to the relevant application page within the University website in order to begin the process.

Management PhD, MScR


Important points to remember

  • When completing your online application, you can save your progress and continue at a later date.
  • You will receive a Universal Username (UUN) at the end of the application process, which should be used in any further correspondence with us.
  • You must provide your official transcript and grading scheme on submission.
  • In the Proposed Supervisor section of the online application, you must name your preferred faculty group, or you may name a potential supervisor.
  • If you require a visa, we recommend you submit your online application at least four months prior to the programme start date.
  • If you wish to be considered for any of our scholarships, you may review available scholarships, application instructions and closing dates at scholarships and funding

Next steps

You will find out whether your application is successful in four to six weeks from submission of a complete application. Scholarship applications may take longer due to their closing dates. If you have been accepted, you will receive more information about the admissions process via email.

Further information and guidance

For further advice and guidance, please contact the Research and PhD Support Team