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MPhil/PhD Business and Management (2020 Entry)

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  • Course Code
  • P-N1Q6
  • Course Type
  • Postgraduate Research
  • Qualification
  • MPhil/PhD
  • Duration
  • Full-time: minimum 4 years
  • Part-time: up to 7 years (average 4-5 years) (must be resident in the UK)
  • Department of Study
  • WBS


Warwick’s Business and Management PhD/MPhil encompasses independent thinking in a world class interdisciplinary environment. You will have the opportunity to make new discoveries whilst undertaking research in a broad range of business areas whilst becoming immersed in an internationally recognised research community at Warwick Business School, ranked 5th in the UK (REF 2014).


Our Business and Management PhD is for those people with a never-ending thirst for new knowledge. You’ll have the passion to make new discoveries, the drive to test new theories and the willingness to go above and beyond. Make your mark on the business landscape, by having the freedom to research a host of disciplines that shape the business world. We particularly welcome applicants whose ambition is a career in academia. Our PhD Programme combines highly relevant, and structured training in the first year with close mentorship from a team of supervisors to help you develop and deepen your chosen area of research.

Business and Management Pathway

The business world is complex, and the ability to be flexible in business is greatly important. As a Business and Management student you will have the freedom to research many different business disciplines, and the opportunity to develop and grow your research interests.

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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


The first year of your PhD comprises of taught lectures, as well as research self-study under a supervisor, and from your second year onwards you will conduct research self-study. As a first year Business and Management student you will have your own desk in an open plan office. From second year onwards you will have your own desk in a smaller office, enabling you to focus on your independent study whilst collaborating closely with your supervisor.

You will be located in the WBS Teaching Centre, where there are modern kitchen facilities and a relaxing common area. 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.


Entry requirements Competition to join our Doctoral programme is very strong; you’ll 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 PhD Business and Management programme include:

  • A minimum of an upper second class honours degree from a British university, or an equivalent from an overseas university; plus a relevant master’s degree ideally with a distinction in the dissertation.

If you have a generalist Master’s degree, such as an MBA, or a masters in a subject other than the one you plan to research, you will need to demonstrate specialist academic knowledge e.g. through your masters dissertation or, in exceptional cases, prior experience.

English language requirements Band B
IELTS overall score of 7.0, minimum component scores of two at 6.0/6.5 and the rest at 7.0 or above

International Students
We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications. For more information please visit the international entry requirements page.


10% Alumni Discount Scheme
If you are a Graduate of the University of Warwick and are of home or overseas fee status, you will be able to access a 10% tuition fee discount on this course.

Graduate Award Scheme 2020
We want to reward our loyal students and graduates of Warwick during a time like no other. We are introducing our prestigious Warwick Graduate Award Scheme for 2020 entry. You could be eligible for 50% off tuition fees. You will be automatically considered if you apply and accept your place by 31 July 2020.

For up-to-date information concerning fees, funding and scholarships for Home/EU and Overseas students please visit Warwick's Fees and Funding webpage.