Research course

Doctoral Programme

Imperial College London · Imperial College Business School

Entry requirements

Admission to the Doctoral Programme is extremely competitive and the selection committee will pay close attention to all aspects of your application. Application requirements include: complete degree transcripts, GMAT/GRE results, curriculum vitae, statement of purpose, English language test results (if applicable) and two academic references. We look for evidence of strong and consistent academic performance and expect applicants to have high grades at undergraduate and Master's level, including a strong dissertation.

Months of entry


Course content

Our full-time, five year programme offers an inspirational learning experience that equips you with the skills to become a world-leading expert in your chosen subject. Our programme combines highly relevant and structured training while you complete a Master's in Research in the first year, with the freedom to explore your chosen area of research over the course of a further four years.

Our aim is to drive business advantage through the fusion of business and technology.

At Imperial College Business School, our research meets the highest standards of academic excellence and rigour, yet produces knowledge that is relevant for practice. We have the highest proportion of ‘world-leading' and ‘internationally excellent' research in the UK (Research Excellence Framework, 2014).

We are looking for excellent candidates with strong and innovative research proposals to begin their doctoral studies in the areas of:
• Finance
• Innovation and Entrepreneurship
• Management

The Business School also houses a number of specialist research centres where many of our doctoral students collaborate on exciting research projects with faculty and industry partners. Some of these include:
• Brevan Howard Centre for Financial Analysis
• Centre for Health Policy
• Centre for Management Buyout Research
• Enterprise Research Centre
• KPMG Centre for Advanced Business Analytics
• Risk Management Laboratory

Department specialisms

Finance, Management, Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Research Excellence Framework (REF) score

92% of 'world leading' and 'internationally excellent' research in the business and management category

Information for international students

All applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency. Students who are not native speakers of English, or were not awarded their degree in a qualifying English speaking country, must demonstrate their proficiency by completing an approved English language qualification (including GCSE English, IELTS or TOEFL) at a required level.

Fees and funding

Studentship applications are now open for students with an outstanding academic background.

All students on our Doctoral programme are offered fully-funded places by the Business School, including a full tuition fee waiver and a living stipend for up to five years.

The Doctoral programme has one intake each year in September. If you would like to be notified when applications open, please join our Doctoral newsletter.

Qualification and course duration


full time
60 months

Course contact details

Emma Smith
+44 (0)207 594 0930