Taught course


Kingston University · Faculty of Business and Law
PhD by taught

Entry requirements

Candidates should normally possess: a first- or second-class honours undergraduate degree AND a masters degree in general management or a business-related subject; two personal references from academic referees confirming candidates' suitability for the programme; and a short research proposal of approximately 2,000 words which should include the proposed subject area, the aim of the study, a summary of the research to be undertaken, an indication of any previous work completed relevant to the area under investigation, and a bibliography. In addition, candidates should be able to provide evidence of: relevant educational, professional and personal experience; their ability to meet the high intellectual and personal demands of the programme; and their potential to complete the programme within the designated time. Holders of non-UK degrees will be subject to the University's normal entry procedures for equivalence of qualifications.

Months of entry


Course content

Whether you are planning a career in academia or as a professional researcher, the EPAS-accredited Kingston Business PhD will enable you to develop your skills and knowledge and enhance your professional credibility. The thesis provides an opportunity to make a distinct and original contribution to knowledge in your chosen field.

Kingston Business School has joined an elite group of global institutions to be awarded the prestigious international accreditation by the AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business). A hallmark of excellence in business education, the accreditation has been earned by just 5 per cent of the world's business schools.

What will you study

The distinct characteristic of the Kingston PhD is that you are able to gain a Business and Management MRes as part of your doctoral studies. The MRes is fully integrated within the PhD programme and is designed to provide a sound training in business research methods as well as a critical understanding of the conceptual and philosophical foundations of management research. The Business and Management MRes is also available as a standalone qualification.

Information for international students

All non-UK applicants must meet our English language requirements. For this course it is Academic IELTS of 7.0 overall with special conditions in all elements. Please make sure you read our full guidance about English language requirements, which includes details of other qualifications we'll consider. http://www.kingston.ac.uk/international/studying-at-kingston/language-requirements/

Fees and funding

Please see www.kingston.ac.uk/postgraduate/fees-and-funding/ for further details.

Qualification and course duration

PhD by taught

part time
72-96 months
full time
36-48 months

Course contact details

Admissions team
+44 (0)20 8417 5815