For the Business PhD: 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. For the Law PhD: a first or second class honours undergraduate degree and a masters degree in Law or a Law-related subject; and two personal references from academic referees confirming your suitability for the programme. You will also need to provide evidence of: relevant educational, professional and personal experience; your ability to meet the high intellectual and personal demands of the programme; and your potential to complete the programme within the designated time.
Months of entry
A PhD by prior publication/portfolio will typically take one year. The award allows people who have not followed the traditional academic route towards a PhD to obtain academic recognition for having undertaken and produced research, and developed their research skills and subject knowledge to doctoral level.
This may include people entering higher education in mid-career, especially in practice-based disciplines.
Word length for the PhD thesis varies according to discipline, it will include substantial published work and an introductory section of about 10,000 words. On completion it will be the subject of an oral examination, in which you will show how you have:
- critically investigated your area of research; and
- made an independent and original contribution to knowledge.
For business please visit the Business School research degree webpage for more information.
For law please visit the Law School research degree webpage for more information.
Information for international students
Holders of non-UK degrees will be subject to the University's normal entry procedures for equivalence.
Fees and funding
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- Admissions team
- +44 (0)20 8417 5815