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The award
PhD

How long you will study
3 years

Domestic course fees
GBP 4195 per year

How you will study
full-time

Course starts
find out

International course fees
GBP 14600 per year

All study options

About PhD in Management at The University of Edinburgh Business School, University of Edinburgh

Every PhD candidate will create a singular piece of research that will make a significant contribution to personal and career development and the general field of study.

Programme overview

  • The PhD can be studied over three years full-time or six years part-time.
  • Students are encouraged to present papers at conferences.
  • Students are encouraged to submit articles for publication in refereed journals.
  • The School has links with other schools in the University allowing students with cross-disciplinary interests to find expertise, support, and supervision.

At the end of their first year, students studying subjects under Accounting and Finance have the option to change their registration from Management to a PhD in Accounting or a PhD in Finance, as appropriate.

Learning outcomes

By successfully undertaking a PhD in Management, you will be able to: 

  • pursue original research, making a significant contribution to knowledge in or understanding of the field of study;
  • relate particular research projects to the general body of knowledge in the field;
  • present the results of the research in a critical and scholarly way; and
  • produce material worthy of publication.

In the first year of your PhD you are required to undertake 120 credits of research training to prepare you for the main research work. You will be asked to select your courses at induction.

Research towards a doctorate is underpinned and supported by the doctoral training programme across a wide range of related subjects which is outlined in the following table.

Note: Management Science & Business Economics students face somewhat different circumstances to those of other students in the School, both because of the nature of their research and the requirements of the EPSRC. As such, these students will follow a programme of coursework training devised by the MSBE PGR representative in consultation with the principal supervisor.

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 starts find outDomestic course feesGBP 4195 per yearInternational course feesGBP 14600 per year
  • The awardPhDHow you will studyPart-timeHow long you will study6 years
    Course starts find outDomestic course feesGBP 2098 per yearInternational course fees find out
  • The awardMSc(Res)How you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study find out
    Course starts find outDomestic course feesGBP 7400 per yearInternational course feesGBP 19300 per year

Entry requirements

Entrance to the PhD by Management programme is competitive. Academic credentials are important for a successful application. However, we also pay great attention to the fit of students to our academic programme, and particularly to 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 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: Your research proposal is liable to be submitted to the Turnitin plagiarism detection system.

Supervisor

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

What students think about The University of Edinburgh Business School, University of Edinburgh

    Erin Bembe, full time MBA

    After I graduated in 2010 with a BA in Economics, I became a Financial Specialist at the Federal Highway Administration in Washington DC. I returned to study as I had progressed as far as I could in my current role and I also wanted to move from the public sector into the private sector. I chose the University of Edinburgh for its global reputation, its location, and because of the length of the MBA programme (1 year compared to 2 in the US).

    The MBA is an intense full-time program providing an overview of business with the option to specialize in an area of interest. There is a strong focus on sustainability and corporate social responsibility as well as the development of leadership and other soft skills. Because the school is so well placed in Europe and has such a good reputation, it attracts students from all over the world, providing a diverse and stimulating learning environment. The opportunities to learn beyond the classroom – from international business treks to case competitions and undergraduate mentoring programs are vast.

    The programme allowed me to develop both my technical skills and my soft skills which were instrumental in landing me my current job. I am now a Senior Financial Analyst for Johnson & Johnson and was introduced to my current company through the programme’s Capstone project.

    Having an alumni community that I can tap into is important to me. The network I’ve built thus far has been a huge support in my post-MBA life. The programme is quite rigorous and the city can be a huge distraction, so it’s essential to find the right balance between studying and enjoying all that Edinburgh has to offer. Make sure to take advantage of all the opportunities the school provides for development outside of the classroom – the multiple clubs, volunteering opportunities, projects, guest lecturers, and career services.

    Tim Puddy, Masters in International Human Resource Management

    Prior to moving to Edinburgh I completed a BA in Management from the University of York. During the course of the degree I spent a placement year working at the Pharmaceutical Company GlaxoSmithKline. I worked within the Human Resource Development team concerning their future leader programmes.

    I went back to study as I enjoy the stimulating and liberating environment available in academia, and wanted to pursue my interest in HRM. Edinburgh University is an elite university, but more specifically, the Business School provided a route to CIPD accreditation which is key in HRM careers. Being by definition an international programme, the IHRM cohort is also very international and therefore we get so many new perspectives on issues. We have been taught about crucial areas of HRM as well as having particular focuses on the issues an international context brings. These concepts were reinforced during a class trip to Helsinki.

    The CIPD accreditation is hugely important, but to have a deep theoretical background in topical HR issues is even more so. The Reward Management module in particular has helped me get a job in this area as I will be working in reward management for Virgin Money. I will also be maintaining links with the health sector.

    Edinburgh itself is beautiful, vibrant and quaint all at the same time. It is also walkable which is very important to me. I love a good view, and Edinburgh is spoilt with these! Of course its culture and arts scene aren’t too far behind. The city will, I am sure, hold a special place in everyone’s memories so keeping in touch is crucial personally as well as professionally. I encourage new students to make the most of what Scotland and the Business School have to offer.

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