Management and Business PHD

Why choose this course

Surrey Business School is internationally recognised for interdisciplinary, international and applied research. As a PhD student you will receive rigorous training in research methods, outstanding supervision and mentorship, and coursework that will give you both in-depth and broad subject-specific knowledge. You could also benefit from our choice of writing a traditional dissertation monograph or by following a three-paper dissertation model, so your work suits your interests. 

Our researchers work closely with industry and pursue a variety of approaches with staff across the School, often leading to innovative new thinking. Two-thirds of our research outputs were ranked as either ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ in the UK Government’s 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF). 

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

What you will study

Our PhD in Management and Business will train you in critical and analytical skills, research methods, and in discipline-specific knowledge that will give you the knowledge, skills and abilities needed for a career in academia, or as a researcher in a wide variety of settings. 

We offer a three-year, full-time (and, in exceptional cases, part-time) programme. The programme has a dual-focus on subject-specific knowledge and methods training, which will give you the intellectual foundation to ask cutting-edge questions and then conduct high-quality research to address those questions. 

You’ll receive an induction by the University of Surrey’s Doctoral College, as well as a bespoke one-day induction programme from the School. This induction will introduce you to the School and the Faculty, outline the relationship between you and your supervisor, and discuss the structure of the programme. 

We consider doctoral students to be junior academics or researchers, and an integral part of the school. Your supervisor will provide in-depth knowledge through their own reading module, as well as serving as a mentor to you as your progress through your PhD. 

In your first year, you will receive instruction in subject-specific knowledge and training in research methods. This will form the foundation of your doctoral research.

Once you’ve got the foundation for your doctoral research and passed your confirmation exams, your second year will be spent conducting doctoral research. Students conducting primary research tend to spend the year away doing field research. 

Your third year will then be devoted entirely to data analysis, writing up, and submitting your dissertation. You’ll have intense and frequent interactions with your supervisor. You’ll also have the opportunity to attend professional development workshops in preparation for the academic job market. 

If you’re not able to complete and submit your dissertation with the three-year period, you’ll have the option to enrol for a fourth year. To enrol for a fourth year, you’ll be required to apply for and be granted a ‘completing status’. University regulations mean that you must complete your programme over a maximum of four years.

Course facts

Qualification Study mode Course length Start date
PHD Full-time 48 months October 2018

Additional costs

There are additional costs that you can expect to incur when studying at Surrey. Find out more.

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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Research themes

  • Corporate finance
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Corporate governance
  • Banking and the performance of banks
  • Retail marketing and distribution management
  • Service marketing and management
  • Consumer and shopper behaviour
  • Leadership and group processes
  • HRM assessment and performance
  • Quality of working life
  • Entrepreneurship (e.g social enterprise, family business)
  • International business (e.g Foreign direct investment, Knowledge transfer and multinational enterprises)
  • Strategic management

Entry requirements

Applicants are expected to hold a good first degree (minimum 2:1) and a Master's degree (minimum Merit) in a relevant subject from an internationally recognised university.

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English language requirements

IELTS Academic: 6.5 or above (or equivalent) with 6.0 in each individual category.

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If you do not currently meet the level required for your programme, we offer intensive pre-sessional English language courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here. The University of Surrey is also an IELTS test centre.

Selection process

Selection is based on applicants meeting the expected entry requirements, assessment of application, successful interview and suitable references where required.

Fees

Study mode Start date UK/EU fees Oversees fees
Full-time October 2018 £4,260 £16,600

For fees payable in 2018/19, these will increase by 4 per cent, rounded up to the nearest £100 for subsequent years of study. Any start date other than October will attract a pro-rata fee for that year of entry (75 per cent for January, 50 per cent for April and 25 per cent for July).

Overseas students applying for 2018 entry should note that annual fees will rise by 4% rounded up to the nearest £100.

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Studentships

We have a host of partly and fully-funded studentship opportunities available.

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences studentship

Funding information:
This studentship includes a tuition fee waiver (home/EU or international) and a maintenance stipend at current research-council rates for a full-time PhD.

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