Business and Management (Three-Year) PhD

I did not hesitate to apply for Surrey’s PhD programme in Business and Management, given its outstanding reputation. I had the opportunity to work with one of the leading academics in my research area.

Cinla Akinci PhD Business and Management

Why Surrey?

Our academics have an international reputation for research that shapes the agendas of scholarship and practice.

We see doctoral researchers as important collaborators in this work, challenging them with new ideas as well as helping them build a solid grounding in research methods.

We provide access to international experts through weekly research seminars and the possibility for international conference attendance to ensure the highest quality feedback.

Our researchers have access to office space, PCs, computational and statistical software (e.g. Matlab, Mathematica, SAS, SPSS), major business and finance databases (e.g. WRDS, Bloomberg) and a wide range of online research tools and resources.

Our high standards are reflected in our multiple accreditations and our close links with global businesses of all sizes and across all sectors.

Programme overview

Our 3-year PhD programme is ideal for candidates interested in working as academics and obtaining research positions following their doctoral studies.

We also consider candidates who bring external sponsorship or industry funding to focus on real-world business research projects originating from outside academia.

Our 3-year programme is intended for candidates who already have a solid background in research methods and have a strong idea of the research they will pursue. To help our candidates achieve their goals a tailored support is provided.

We expect our candidates to produce a dissertation that makes an original contribution to knowledge and lends itself to publication of at least three papers in top-tier academic journals.

Our programme is also appropriate for those who wish to develop high-level research skills for research and development in business, government advisory and other policy-influencing bodies.

Areas of specialism

Surrey Business School research Departments, Centres and groups include:

  1. Transformation and Sustainable Enterprise
  2. Finance and Accounting
  3. People, Organisations
  4. Leadership and Decision-Making
  5. Marketing and Retail Management
  6. Digital Economy
  7. Strategy and Entrepreneurship
  8. Business law (3-year programme only)


You may be considered for a Faculty postgraduate research studentship to cover fees and an annual stipend. SEDTC currently funds five students across the Faculty.

Programme facts

Type of programme:


Programme length:

  • Full-time: 30-48 months
  • Part-time: 60-96 months

Start date:

September, January


Postgraduate Admissions Enquiries:

+44 (0)1483 686 300

Entry Requirements

Applicants are required to hold a Masters degree at a minimum of a distinction level in business and management or a relevant discipline from an approved University.

Before you apply

Applicants are required to submit a Research Proposal in order for their application to be considered. Before applying, please download our research proposal guidance document for information on submitting a suitable research proposal.

Applicants should clearly indicate their Area of Specialism, as one of the eight research areas listed below:

  1. Transformation and Sustainable Enterprise
  2. Finance and Accounting
  3. People, Organisations
  4. Leadership and Decision-Making
  5. Marketing and Retail Management
  6. Digital Economy
  7. Strategy and Entrepreneurship
  8. Business law (3-year programme only)

Before applying, applicants should contact the relevant Department or Centre to discuss their Research Proposal and must indicate the name of at least one potential supervisor in their application.

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English language requirements

Non-native speakers of English will normally require IELTS 7.0 or above with a minimum of 7.0 in the writing component and 6.5 in each other component (or equivalent).

We offer intensive English language pre-sessional courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here.


Study mode UK/EU fees Overseas fees
Full-time £4195 £16,000
Part-time £2100 £8,000

Please note these fees are for the academic year 2017/18 only. All fees are subject to annual review.

Overseas students applying for 2017 entry should please note that annual fees will rise by four per cent (rounded up to the nearest £100) for each year of study.

A complete list of all fees for our research programmes

Doctoral College

Our Doctoral College supports researcher excellence and employability across the doctoral and early career stages of the researcher journey.

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Contact Us

General Enquiries:

+44 (0)1483 681 681

Code of practice for research degrees

Surrey’s postgraduate research code of practice sets out the University's policy and procedural framework relating to research degrees.

The code defines a set of standard procedures and specific responsibilities covering the academic supervision, administration and assessment of research degrees for all faculties within the University.

Download the code of practice for research degrees (PDF).