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MRes/PhD Business and Management (2022 Entry)

About this research graduate course

Course overview

WBS is for the people with a never-ending thirst for new knowledge and experience. You’ll have the passion to make new discoveries, the drive to test new theories and the willingness to go above and beyond. Our new MRes/PhD in Business and Management, launching in October 2022, will give you the opportunity to make your mark on the business landscape, by having the freedom to research a host of disciplines that shape the business world.

Our MRes/PhD Business and Management programme combines highly relevant and structured training with close mentorship from a team of supervisors to embed you in our culture of curiosity and help you in developing and deepening your chosen area of research. We value our doctoral researchers and aim to attract students from across the globe who are independent thinkers, restless to learn more and challenge themselves. We particularly welcome applicants whose ambition is a career in academia.

By studying our MRes/PhD Business and Management programme you will have the opportunity to make your mark on the business landscape, by having the freedom to research a host of disciplines that shape the business world.

Teaching and learning

As part of the MRes/PhD programme, you will study thirteen modules over your first two years. This comprises three core modules, four methods modules, and six elective modules. At the end of your second year of study, you will be awarded an MRes Business and Management and be permitted to proceed to PhD study. The overall course structure is 2+3 years (MRes/PhD).

Our excellent library and superb teaching and learning facilities provide the perfect place for you to commit to your studies, and enable you to expand and deepen your knowledge in your chosen area of research.


General entry requirements

Minimum requirements

Competition to join our Doctoral programme is very strong; you will need to demonstrate you have the intellectual capabilities, stamina, drive and commitment to complete a ground-breaking piece of work through independent study.

Academic requirements for the MRes/PhD Business and Management programme include:

  • Bachelors degree: First Class (recommended)
  • Masters degree: Distinction (recommended) in social sciences, behavioral sciences or engineering. In exceptional circumstances, we will consider MBAs without a social or behavioural science or engineering background or candidates without a Masters who hold a strong First Class Honours undergraduate degree supported by a very strong CV and academic references. Decisions on these and other exceptions will be made on a case-by-case basis.
  • GMAT or GRE score required. No predefined threshold established, score merely to support application.

English language requirements

You can find out more about our English language requirements. This course requires the following:

If English is not your first language, you must meet a minimum overall standard in a recognised test of English. You must show a good balance across all sections of the test and it must have been taken within two years of starting the course. We will require your certificates as evidence.

  • IELTS - overall score of 7.0, minimum component scores of two at 6.0/6.5 and the rest at 7.0 or above
  • PTE academic - 70 with 51+ in every section
  • CPE – grade C (CEFR level C2) or above
  • CAE - Grade C scoring 60+, no worse than 3 component results at borderline and 1 at weak

International qualifications

We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications.

For more information, please visit the international entry requirements page.


Additional requirements

There are no additional entry requirements for this course.

Our research

Our vision is to develop cutting-edge research that leads debate and deepens our understanding on the practice of business and management.

Research is undertaken in partnership with policy and practice, to ensure both relevance and practical application. Our desire to respond and contribute to varied societal issues, provides a vibrant and creative environment for research to flourish.

Our research strengths include:

  • Accounting
  • Behavioural Science
  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  • Finance
  • Information Systems and Management
  • Marketing
  • Operations
  • Organisation and Human Resource Management
  • Strategy and International Business

Find a supervisor

Throughout the PhD element of your programme you will be advised by one or two supervisors with appropriate research expertise and interests. Your supervisors will be nominated when you reach the end of the MRes element of your programme.

Tuition fees

Our MRes/PhD Business and Management programme is fully funded. All students accepted onto the programme will have their full fees paid and will receive an annual stipend of approximately £18,000 per annum throughout their course, subject to satisfactory progress.

Students do not need to apply separately for this funding. It will be included as part of the offer onto the programme.

Taught course fees  Research course fees


Fee Status Guidance

The University carries out an initial fee status assessment based on information provided in the application and according to the guidance published by UKCISA. Students are classified as either Home or Overseas Fee status and this can determine the tuition fee and eligibility of certain scholarships and financial support.

If you receive an offer, your fee status will be stated with the tuition fee information, however we are awaiting guidance from the UK government regarding fee status for EU, other EEA and Swiss nationals and their family members living in the UK for academic year 2021/22 onwards. We are not able to confirm the fee status for these students until the relevant eligibility criteria have been confirmed. Once we have received further information from the UK government, we will provide you with an update on your fee status and let you know if any additional information is required. If you believe your fee status has been incorrectly classified you can complete a fee status assessment questionnaire (follow the instructions in your offer) and provide the required documentation for this to be reassessed.

The UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) provides guidance to UK universities on fees status criteria, you can find the latest guidance on the impact of Brexit on fees and student support on the UKCISA website.


Additional course costs

As well as tuition fees and living expenses, some courses may require you to cover the cost of field trips or costs associated with travel abroad. Information about department specific costs should be considered in conjunction with the more general costs below, such as:

  • Core text books
  • Printer credits
  • Dissertation binding
  • Robe hire for your degree ceremony

Scholarships and bursaries

Our MRes/PhD Business and Management programme is fully funded. All students accepted onto the programme will have their full fees paid and will receive an annual stipend of approximately £18,000 per annum throughout their course, subject to satisfactory progress.

Students do not need to apply separately for this funding. It will be included as part of the offer onto the programme.

Living costs

Find out more about the cost of living as a postgraduate student at the University of Warwick.

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If you’re interested in the bigger picture, comfortable challenging assumptions and want a degree that will open doors, then WBS is the place for you. We will give you the foundation for change and prepare you for your future career. Are you ready to make your mark in the world of business?

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The vision of WBS is to be Europe’s leading University-based Business School, developing transformational ideas and people that shape how we do business. We recognise that rankings are one way to profile our progress towards fulfilling this vision, and are proud to participate in the major global business education rankings.

QS Business Masters Rankings 2022

Masters in Business Analytics – 12th in the world, 3rd in the UK

Masters in Marketing – 7th in the world, 2nd in the UK

Masters in Management – 19th in the world, 4th in the UK

Masters in Finance – 20th in the world, 6th in the UK

Financial Times Masters in Management Ranking 2021

15th in the world, 3rd in the UK


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