Research course


University of St Andrews · School of Management

Entry requirements

We would usually expect a First class or 2.1 degree in a relevant subject, and a distinction at Masters level with a significant component of advanced study in the intended area of specialism. However, qualifications are less important than the proposed topic, the quality of a research proposal, and the identification of an appropriate supervisor. Language Requirements Doctoral students will be expected to present fluently in English, and to have a solid command of written academic English. International students who do not have English as there first language must meet the following language requirements: IELTS score of 7.0 or above, with a minimum score of 6.5 in every section of the test, or equivalent.

Months of entry


Course content

The School of Management is research intensive and underpinned by a strong grounding in the social sciences. We pursue a strategy of focusing our research activities and identity around the concept of responsible enterprise. This entails an ethical approach to managing within organisations, the impact of human enterprise on the environment, the interaction between forms of investment and social and organisational impact and the need to foster creativity and development.

The School of Management operates thematic groups which include academics, teaching fellows, researchers, visiting staff and PhD candidates. The thematic groups are:

The thematic groups are the main organising focus for research and its links into teaching, and it is here that scholarly activity and mentoring for early career and established staff takes place. Each thematic group is engaged in the development of activities which speak to wider audiences. Consequently, praxis and engagementinfuse and invigorate our research activities. The School contributes to a number of research centres and institutes and these continue to be vehicles for research collaborations within and beyond the School, outwards facing activities and engagement.

Department specialisms

The School's research is organised into four broad subject groups: Organisation Studies; Public Administration; Social & Environmental Accounting; Financial Institutions and Markets (See School website)

Information for international students

Students whose first language is not English are required to sit an appropriate test and achieve IELTS overall 7.0 or equivalent

Fees and funding

UK students
Fees confirmed early 2017
International students

Qualification and course duration


part time
72-84 months
full time
36-48 months


part time
48 months
full time
24 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Secretary
+44 (0)1334 462878