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Management PhD

The objective of the programme is to develop an understanding and critical appreciation of alternative approaches, methodologies and paradigms of research in the field of business and management. In order to achieve this, students will demonstrate independent learning in the production of quality research projects to advance their knowledge and understanding through the use of critical analysis and interpretation.

Entry requirements

Applications are welcomed from well qualified graduates who wish to undertake research programmes leading to a PhD on either a full- or part-time basis. For research we expect candidates to normally hold a UK first degree or equivalent in the first or 2:1 class, or 2:2 class degree plus a Masters degree, in a relevant subject.

English language requirements

All applicants must have reached a minimum required standard of English language and are required to provide evidence of this. 

Course modules

Whilst studying a PhD programme, students will be working closely with both their supervisory team and the ULMS academic community. This will ensure that their final submission is a comprehensive thesis within a specified research area and consequently will be able to defend their thesis during their viva voce. The programme includes the completion of compulsory skills modules which provides students with the opportunity to identify and develop the knowledge, skills, behaviours and personal qualities that all postgraduate researchers should acquire over the course their PhD. Researchers will be given the opportunity to introduce their research to those outside of their discipline and to discuss this with academics, fellow research students and visitors.


Qualification Study mode Fee status Fee Study period Duration
PhD Full-time Home/EU £ 4,195 Academic year 2 4 years
PhD Part-time Home/EU £ 2,098 Academic year 4 6 years
PhD Full-time International £ 15,350 Academic year 2 4 years
PhD Part-time International £ 7,675 Academic year 4 6 years

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