Entry requirements

A good degree or Master's qualification in a relevant subject area or equivalent work experience. You must also provide 2 references and a research proposal.

Months of entry

January, October

Course content

The first year: research training

Birkbeck's PhD Management is more structured than many UK PhDs. In the first year (both full-time and part-time) you are required to take 4 modules for credit. Ordinarily they are the following, although permission to substitute alternate research training modules may be granted:

You also take 1 quantitative methods module, choosing from:

The first year (full time) or second year (part time): surveying your field and planning your research.

These are the basis for your Research Prospectus, which includes a preliminary literature review and a plan for the rest of your thesis research. The Research Prospectus is examined by a panel of 3 members of the academic staff in June of your first year (full time students) or second year (part time students).

The second and third years (full-time) or third through fifth years (part-time)

Upon satisfactory completion of the required modules and the Research Prospectus, you proceed to data collection, analysis, and writing your PhD thesis. A PhD is a substantial piece of original research. It requires that you be highly motivated, well organised, and prepared to learn your subject in depth. It requires working independently on your own unique project, and at the same time producing something that will satisfy the standards of the particular academic community that will judge it.

When you have completed your literature review and data collection, and made substantial progress in your data analysis, you will upgrade from MPhil to PhD.

Department specialisms

Current subject specialisms include: Marketing, in particular brand management, digital marketing, consumer behaviour, and services/retail marketing. International business; international business and economic development innovation policy and technology management. Comparative employee and industrial relations; skills, new technology and wages. Corporate governance and corporate social responsibility. Corporate finance, financial management, venture capital, accounting. Strategy as practice; organisation theory; information systems strategy; social networks. Sport business management; the business and regulation of football.

Information for international students

If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, our usual requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests.

Fees and funding

UK students
Part-time home/EU students: £ 2187 pa Full-time home/EU students: £ 4121 pa
International students
Part-time overseas students: £ 6050 pa Full-time overseas students: £ 11995 pa

Our School attracts funding for studentships that ensure researchers of the highest standard can pursue their research with us. Find out more about research funding opportunities at Birkbeck.

Qualification and course duration


part time
36 months
full time
24 months


full time
24 months
part time
36 months

Course contact details

Student Advice Service
+44(0) 20 3907 0700
+ 44 (0)20 7631 6769