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The Business School received full research training accreditation in the 2005 Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Recognition Exercise.

The School has significant research expertise in the following subject areas:

- Accounting and Finance

- Entrepreneurship and Innovation

- Management Science and Business Economics

- Marketing

- Organisation Studies

- Strategy

There is a long tradition of teaching and research in business and management at the University. Research degrees are offered in most disciplines within business and management, subject to the availability of suitable supervisors.

The following research degrees are available: MSc by Research (one year FT); PhD (minimum 3 years). The School has links with other Schools in the University, including Social and Political Studies, Mathematics and Law allowing students with cross-disciplinary interests to find expertise, support and supervision.

In recent years the School has funded several generous studentships, helping to ensure a continuing high calibre intake.

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.

Minimum academic requirements

Entry to the PhD programme is competitive, and usually requires that applicants have the following minimum qualifications:

  • Normally a postgraduate masters 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.

International qualifications

Please check whether your international qualifications meet our general entry requirements.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your spoken and written English:

IELTS: total 7.0 (at least 6.0 in each module)
TOEFL-iBT: total 100 (at least 20 in each module)
PTE(A): total 67 (at least 56 in each of the Communicative Skills sections)
CAE and CPE: total 185 (at least 169 in each module)
Trinity ISE: ISE III with a pass in all four components

Your qualification must be no more than two years old at the beginning of your degree programme.

Course modules

See the University of Edinburgh website for detailed programme information.


Please note these programmes come with Additional Programme Costs.
Students on full-time and part-time programmes of study of more than one year should be aware that annual tuition fees are subject to revision and are typically increased by approximately 5% per annum. This annual increase should be taken into account when you are applying for a programme.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Fee locale Course duration
MSc (Res) Full-time September 2018 1 Years
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD Part-time September 2018 6 Years
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD Full-time September 2018 3 Years

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