Entry requirements

Competition to join our Doctoral programme is very strong; you will need to demonstrate you have the intellectual capabilities, stamina, drive and commitment to complete a ground-breaking piece of work through independent study.

Academic requirements for the MRes/PhD Business and Management programme include:

  • Bachelors degree: First Class (recommended)
  • Masters degree: Distinction (recommended) in social sciences, behavioural sciences or engineering. In exceptional circumstances, we will consider MBAs with a social or behavioural science or engineering background or candidates without a Masters who hold a strong First Class Honours undergraduate degree supported by a very strong CV and academic references. Decisions on these and other exceptions will be made on a case-by-case basis
  • GMAT or GRE score required. No predefined threshold established, score merely to support application.

English language requirements

You can find out more about our English language requirements. This course requires the following:

If English is not your first language, you must meet a minimum overall standard in a recognised test of English. You must show a good balance across all sections of the test and it must have been taken within two years of starting the course. We will require your certificates as evidence.

  • IELTS - overall score of 7.0, minimum component scores of two at 6.0/6.5 and the rest at 7.0 or above
  • PTE academic - 70 with 51+ in every section
  • CPE – grade C (CEFR level C2) or above
  • CAE - Grade C scoring 60+, no worse than 3 component results at borderline and 1 at weak.

Months of entry


Course content

WBS is for the people with a never-ending thirst for new knowledge and experience. You’ll have the passion to make new discoveries, the drive to test new theories and the willingness to go above and beyond. Our fully-funded MRes/PhD in Business and Management, launched in October 2022, will give you the opportunity to make your mark on the business landscape, by having the freedom to research a host of disciplines that shape the business world.

Our MRes/PhD Business and Management programme combines highly relevant and structured training with close mentorship from a team of supervisors to embed you in our culture of curiosity and help you in developing and deepening your chosen area of research. We value our doctoral researchers and aim to attract students from across the globe who are independent thinkers, restless to learn more and challenge themselves. We particularly welcome applicants whose ambition is a career in academia.

By studying our MRes/PhD Business and Management programme you will have the opportunity to make your mark on the business landscape, by having the freedom to research a host of disciplines that shape the business world.

Teaching and learning

As part of the MRes/PhD programme, you will study thirteen modules over your first two years. This comprises three core modules, four methods modules, and six elective modules. At the end of your second year of study, you will be awarded an MRes Business and Management and be permitted to proceed to PhD study. The overall course structure is 2+3 years (MRes/PhD).

Our excellent library and superb teaching and learning facilities provide the perfect place for you to commit to your studies, and enable you to expand and deepen your knowledge in your chosen area of research.

Fees and funding

See University website

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MRes/PhD
    full time
    24 + 36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Masters Recruitment Team