Research course


University of Bristol · University of Bristol Business School

Entry requirements

An upper second-class honours degree in a relevant subject or an equivalent qualification, and either have completed or be completing a master's qualification from a UK university (or equivalent). The master's requirement does not apply to applications made to SWDTP-funded scholarships although commencement of the PhD remains conditional on the completion of the associated master's.

Months of entry


Course content

Research is central to the activities of the University of Bristol Business School. The school comprises a group of academic staff with a variety of interests and a focus on research that has practical relevance. The results of the most recent UK-wide research assessment, the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021, rated 88% of the research activity in business and management as 'world leading' or 'internationally excellent'.

The Business School encourages interdisciplinary research, drawing on a range of theories and methodologies. We welcome students from a variety of backgrounds and experiences. You will be joining a thriving PhD community made up of over 50 scholars. We provide dedicated office space and run a programme of activities to enable PhD students to network with each other.

We encourage applications from strong candidates from disciplines outside the social sciences, management and business studies who wish to convert, and from candidates with organisational or commercial experience.

Candidates entering the PhD programme are normally required to take 60 credit points of taught training units in their first year. Students are also encouraged to undertake further training in agreement with their supervisor for the duration of their studies.

Information for international students

Deadline to be considered for funding, ESRC scholarship: midday, 15 December 2022; check the relevant websites for 2023/24 funding deadlines.

Further information on funding for prospective UK and international postgraduate students.

Fees and funding

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Graduate Studies PGR teamBusiness School PGR Team
+44 (0) 117 394 1649