Research course

Management (Four-Year)

University of Surrey · Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Entry requirements

Thank you for your interest in Surrey Business School’s four-year PhD programme for October 2017 entry. We welcome your applications however please note that we will only be reviewing applications once the deadline has passed on 12th February 2017. If you do not hear from us in the meantime, please do not assume you have been unsuccessful. Should you be shortlisted, interviews will be held between 27th – 31st March 2017

Applicants are expected to hold an undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline, normally with a first-class honours (or equivalent). A Masters degree is not a requirement, but a distinction in a Masters can strengthen an application.

Applicants should submit a 600-word research proposal.

A GMAT or GRE score is not required but it will greatly strengthen an application.

A minimum of two letters of recommendation should be provided with your application.

Months of entry


Course content

Responding to an increasing demand for more structured PhD programmes, we have developed a doctoral programme that involves two years of training followed by two years that focus on independent research.

A premium programme, our four-year PhD in Management will produce exceptional scholars who are sought-after by leading business schools, universities and research institutions around the world.

As part of the structured programme, you will be trained in a wide range of research approaches and methods, get extensive exposure to the relevant theories in your specialised field, as well as an overview of the broader management field.

You will also get training that focuses on developing your research project, and your first academic paper, as well as skills for presenting at academic conferences.

The programme will also provide you with the opportunity to gain some guided teaching experience. These skills will equip you to become a well-rounded academic and produce high-quality academic papers, which will enhance your employability for top academic roles.

These increasingly require PhD graduates to already have publications, teaching experience and the ability to master both quantitative and qualitative research approaches.

You will begin with an idea for your research project at the start of the programme and develop the area of your thesis during this process.

Information for international students

Non-native speakers of English will normally require IELTS 7.0 or above with a minimum of 6.5 in each 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

We have a number of fully-funded scholarships available, which include a tuition fee waiver (UK/EU and International) and a competitive stipend guaranteed for four years (£17,000 pa).

We will also consider applicants who are able to self-fund or bring external funding.

Qualification and course duration


full time
30-48 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions
01483 686 300