Research course

Business and Management (Three-Year)

University of Surrey · Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Entry requirements

Applicants are required to hold a Masters degree at a minimum of a distinction level in business and management or a relevant discipline from an approved University.

Before you apply

Applicants are required to submit a Research Proposal in order for their application to be considered. Before applying, please download our research proposal guidance document for information on submitting a suitable research proposal.

Applicants should clearly indicate their Area of Specialism, as one of the eight research areas listed below:

-Transformation and Sustainable Enterprise

-Finance and Accounting

-People, Organisations

-Leadership and Decision-Making

-Marketing and Retail Management

-Digital Economy

-Strategy and Entrepreneurship

-Business law (3-year programme only)

Before applying, applicants should contact the relevant Department or Centre to discuss their Research Proposal and must indicate the name of at least one potential supervisor in their application.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

Our 3-year PhD programme is ideal for candidates interested in working as academics and obtaining research positions following their doctoral studies.

We also consider candidates who bring external sponsorship or industry funding to focus on real-world business research projects originating from outside academia.

Our 3-year programme is intended for candidates who already have a solid background in research methods and have a strong idea of the research they will pursue. To help our candidates achieve their goals a tailored support is provided.

We expect our candidates to produce a dissertation that makes an original contribution to knowledge and lends itself to publication of at least three papers in top-tier academic journals.

Our programme is also appropriate for those who wish to develop high-level research skills for research and development in business, government advisory and other policy-influencing bodies.

Information for international students

Non-native speakers of English will normally require IELTS 7.0 or above with a minimum of 7.0 in the writing component and 6.5 in each other component (or equivalent).

We offer intensive English language pre-sessional courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification and course duration


part time
60-96 months
full time
30-48 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions
01483 686 300