Management (Four-Year) PhD

A premium programme, our four-year PhD in Management aims to produce exceptional scholars who are sought-after by leading business schools, universities and research institutions around the world.

Why Surrey?

Academics at Surrey Business School have an international reputation for research that shapes the agendas of scholarship and practice.

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

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

Programme overview

Responding to an increasing demand for more structured PhD programmes, we have developed a doctoral programme that involves two years of training followed by two years that focus on independent research.

A premium programme, our four-year PhD in Management will produce exceptional scholars who are sought-after by leading business schools, universities and research institutions around the world.

As part of the structured programme, you will be trained in a wide range of research approaches and methods, get extensive exposure to the relevant theories in your specialised field, as well as an overview of the broader management field.

You will also get training that focuses on developing your research project, and your first academic paper, as well as skills for presenting at academic conferences.

The programme will also provide you with the opportunity to gain some guided teaching experience. These skills will equip you to become a well-rounded academic and produce high-quality academic papers, which will enhance your employability for top academic roles.

These increasingly require PhD graduates to already have publications, teaching experience and the ability to master both quantitative and qualitative research approaches.

You will begin with an idea for your research project at the start of the programme and develop the area of your thesis during this process.


Over the course of the programme you will produce a dissertation consisting of three papers aimed to be published in top-tier journals.

As such, the programme is suited to those who wish to develop high-level research skills, candidates considering roles as:

  • Future academics
  • R and D in business
  • Government advisory or other policy-influencing bodies

Dissertations are assessed by viva voce.

Many of the courses will integrate lectures by experts and guest speakers both from within the Faculty and externally, who are researching at the frontiers of their subjects.

There are no subsidiary exit awards at the end of the teaching elements at Year 1 or Year 2.

Professional recognition

Surrey Business School is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and by the Association of MBAs (AMBA).

Research in departments/schools

Surrey Business School

Department of Health Care Management and Policy

Research centres

Programme facts

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Programme length:

  • Full-time: 30-48 months

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Postgraduate Admissions Enquiries:

+44 (0)1483 686 300

Entry Requirements

Thank you for your  interest in Surrey Business School’s four-year PhD programme for October 2017 entry. We welcome your applications however please note that we will only be reviewing applications once the deadline has passed on 19th April 2017. If you do not hear from us in the meantime, please do not assume you have been unsuccessful. Should you be shortlisted, you will contacted to arrange a suitable date for an interview.

Applicants are expected to hold an undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline, normally with a first-class honours (or equivalent). A Masters degree is not a requirement, but a distinction in a Masters can strengthen an application.

Applicants should submit a 600-word research proposal.

A GMAT or GRE score is not required but it will greatly strengthen an application.

A minimum of two letters of recommendation should be provided with your application.

Fees and funding

We have a number of fully-funded scholarships available, which include a tuition fee waiver (UK/EU and International) and a competitive stipend guaranteed for four years (£17,000 pa).

We will also consider applicants who are able to self-fund or bring external funding.

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English language requirements

Non-native speakers of English will normally require IELTS 7.0 or above with a minimum of 6.5 in each 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

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

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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.

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