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Entry requirements

Entrance to the PhD by Management programme is competitive. While academic credentials are important for a successful application we also pay great attention to the fit of students to both the programme and the research interests of our academic faculty.

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

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.

Please note: If you are currently studying for, or have recently completed an undergraduate degree and do not yet have a Masters qualification please consider applying for our MSc by Research programme.

Application requirements

You need to consider your research proposal and other supporting documents before submitting an application. Only complete applications showing all necessary documents will be considered.

The one exception to this is you may submit your English language certificate after you have submitted your online application for the PhD programme. Any offer made would be conditional on provision of your English certificate at the minimum level.

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: 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. Interim transcripts can be submitted if you are in the process of completing your Masters degree.
  • Contact details for two academic referees or two academic written references.
  • Evidence of English-language competence. Further information in the section 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 three years old at the beginning of your degree course, unless you are using an English language test such as IELTS for entry, in which case it must be no more than two years old.
  • 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 three 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