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The award
PhD

How long you will study
3 Years

Domestic course fees
GBP 4327 per year

How you will study
full-time

Course starts
September, February

International course fees
GBP 18870 per year

All study options

About PhD Programme 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.

Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardPhDHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study3 years
    Course startsSeptember, FebruaryDomestic course feesGBP 4327 per yearInternational course feesGBP 18870 per year

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.

What students think about Cranfield School of Management

    Tobias Ternes, Associate Corporate Finance, HSBC Germany, Finance and Management MSc alumnus, 2013

    Testimonial from Tobias Ternes, Associate Corporate Finance, HSBC Germany, Finance and Management MSc alumnus, 2013, student at Cranfield School of Management

    "I looked at business schools all over Europe and felt that there were only very few that offered the right resources, that had the experience and the faculty to really offer a world class education."

    Michael Osakwe, Investment Management MSc current student (2017)

    Testimonial from Michael Osakwe, Investment Management MSc current student (2017), student at Cranfield School of Management

    "From the excellent, diverse and very accessible faculty, to the superb facilities, there is a great focus on the practical application of knowledge and the emphasis on acquiring the much needed soft skills that make you a well-rounded finance professional.”

    Chang Song, Accelerated Management Scheme at Bakkavor, Logistics and Supply Chain Management MSc alumna, 2016

    Testimonial from Chang Song, Accelerated Management Scheme at Bakkavor, Logistics and Supply Chain Management MSc alumna, 2016, student at Cranfield School of Management

    “The content of the MSc programme itself is incredibly practical. We have some of the best professors and doctors in the field, and the international presence of the students on the course is also brilliant for learning different cultures around the world.”

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