Research course

Business Studies

Cardiff University · Cardiff Business School

Entry requirements

Applicants should have at least an upper second-class honours degree and preferably a specialist master's degree and an interest in pursuing in-depth research in an appropriate area.

Months of entry


Course content

We ensure that PhD students are fully integrated members of our research community. As a doctoral student, we will expect you to contribute fully to the advancement of knowledge, not just in Cardiff but more widely, contributing to the international environment of your chosen academic field.

Our key to providing you with a profound learning experience is our Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) recognised research methods training provision.

Our Management and Business Studies PhD involves one year of research training followed by three years’ work on your PhD topic. The training in the first year comprises of participation in general and subject-specific modules which leads to a Master’s qualification in Social Science Research Methods.

Our faculty expertise encompasses a significant range of topics and themes and we offer supervision and/or research projects in the following broad areas:

Information for international students

Applicants whose first language is not English are normally expected to have reached a minimum IELTS score of 7.0 (writing scored 7.0, with no subscore less than 6.5).

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    full time
    48 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    84 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

PhD Programme Office
+44 029 2087 6786