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PhDFull-time3 yearsSeptember, FebruaryGBP 4327 per yearGBP 18870 per year

About PhD Programme, PhD - at Cranfield School of Management

Cranfield School of Management's PhD programme is internationally renowned, for its rigour, structure, faculty support and global perspective.

The programme is ideal for scholars wishing to build their careers in academia, excel academically, make significant strides on their career path and shape new realities for business, management and policy. The Research Excellence Framework 2014 (REF) assessed that in the Business and Management unit of assessment, 60% of Cranfield University's research is world-leading or internationally excellent.

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Notes about fees for this course

European Union students applying for university places in the 2018 to 2019 academic year will still have access to student funding support. Please see the UK Government’s announcement (21 April 2017).

Entry requirements

PhD applicants are required to hold a first or upper second class UK Bachelor's degree, a taught Master's degree, or an equivalent international qualification (find out whether your qualification meets our requirements by visiting our International Student page).

In addition to meeting our entry requirements we also require you to submit a research proposal - outlining the research you would like to carry out. This needs to:

  • Formulate and define a clear, interesting research question or problem.
  • Establish the relevance and value of the proposed research question in the context of current academic thinking, highlighting its originality and significance. We expect you to have read some relevant literature in the area that you are planning to research and to provide a review of this.
  • Outline the methodology you propose to use to carry out your research, including the data sources and source material you plan to use.
  • Suggest what you hope to discover at the end of your research and what new areas it might open up (your contribution)
  • Provide a provisional timeline for your research
  • Your proposal should demonstrate to us and your potential supervisor your interest and your potential to carry out independent research.

Each application will be considered on its merits.

English language

We accept any of the following tests as evidence of your English language ability:

  • IELTS (International English Language Testing Service) - minimum overall score of 7.0 and minimum writing score of 6.5.
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Internet-based Test - minimum total score of 100 and minimum writing score of 26. Our TOEFL Institution Code is 0822.
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) - minimum overall score of 68.
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English or Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English - minimum of Grade C.
  • Cambridge English Scale - minimum scale score of 190 in any scale scored test.
  • Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English III - Pass required.

You are expected to achieve a balanced score across all elements of the English Language test you have taken. We can only accept tests taken within two years of your registration date (with the exception of Cambridge English tests which have no expiry date). The University reserves the right to reject any test score if any one element of the test score is too low.

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Alejandro Palacios Strooman (2019 Corporate Sustainability MSc)

"During the Management and Corporate Sustainability MSc, we attended a lot of talks with people who are involved with sustainability, people that had a lot of experience, people that were in senior roles in private companies and organisations, people that were pioneers of pushing sustainability into corporate organisations. To hear those people talk about their experiences of sustainability transformation that is required in society was really inspiring."


Cristina Gavilan (2019 Strategic Marketing MSc)

"Two months after completing the Strategic Marketing MSc, I was offered a Marketing Executive role in a company that manufactures British vitamin supplements. And now, after seven months in the company, I have been promoted to a Marketing Manager. I had to design a three-year Marketing Strategy for the brand; this is the reason why the Marketing Consultancy Project as well as the Marketing Communication modules were really useful and helped me to define the best option for the brand."


Jakkrit Kingchum - Investment Management MSc (2019)

“At the moment I am working as an Investment Analyst, Cranfield has given me the solid knowledge and background to work in this role. In the third term on the Investment Management MSc, we are required to do valuations so I had to use Bloomberg, Thomson Reuters and Datastream so it was really useful for me because I have to use it almost every day.” 

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