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Degree awarded
PhD
Duration
3 years (Full-time) / 6 years (Part-time)
Entry requirements

Candidates must hold a Bachelors degree with Honours (to UK standard) of First or Upper Second (2:1) Class. 

Applicants are also expected to hold a relevant Masters degree in finance, accounting or a cognate subject area. Normally we require performance at distinction level (70% or above) including any dissertation component; GPA of 3.3 or above; or equivalent.

Due to variations in the grading structures of international institutions, higher results may be required than stated here. 

Professional qualifications other than a Bachelors Degree and/or relevant and appropriate experience may be taken into account for entry to a PhD programme.

PLEASE NOTE: Qualifications from non-UK institutions must be equivalent to UK qualifications. Grading schemes of some institutions may vary - please provide an official grading scheme with your transcripts.

Full entry requirements

How to apply

Apply online

Programme options

Full-timePart-timeFull-time distance learningPart-time distance learning
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Programme description

Providing robust and systematic research training is a core strength of our PhD programme. To be able to take full advantage of the training opportunities that are offered, students should reside in or within commuting distance from Manchester. We strongly encourage any students who do not reside locally to enrol full-time.

Fees

For entry in the academic year beginning September 2014, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • PhD (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £3,996
    International students (per annum): £14,000
  • PhD (part-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £1,998
    International students (per annum): £7,000

Please note for the majority of projects where experimentation requires further resource: higher fee bands (where quoted) will be charged rather than the base rate for supervision, administration and computational costs. The fees quoted above will be fully inclusive and, therefore, you will not be required to pay any additional bench fees or administration costs.

All fees for entry will be subject to yearly review and incremental rises per annum are also likely over the duration of the course for UK/EU students (fees are typically fixed for International students, for the course duration at the year of entry). For general fees information please visit: postgraduate fees. Always contact the department if you are unsure which fee applies to your project.

Scholarships/sponsorships

Contact details

Academic department
Manchester Business School
Contact name
Doctoral Programmes Office
Telephone
+44 (0)161 275 1200
Facsimile
+44 (0)161 275 6596
Email
Website
www.mbs.ac.uk/programmes/phd/

Academic department overview

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Related subject areas

Entry requirements

Academic entry qualification overview

Candidates must hold a Bachelors degree with Honours (to UK standard) of First or Upper Second (2:1) Class. 

Applicants are also expected to hold a relevant Masters degree in finance, accounting or a cognate subject area. Normally we require performance at distinction level (70% or above) including any dissertation component; GPA of 3.3 or above; or equivalent.

Due to variations in the grading structures of international institutions, higher results may be required than stated here. 

Professional qualifications other than a Bachelors Degree and/or relevant and appropriate experience may be taken into account for entry to a PhD programme.

PLEASE NOTE: Qualifications from non-UK institutions must be equivalent to UK qualifications. Grading schemes of some institutions may vary - please provide an official grading scheme with your transcripts.

English language

Candidates will be exempt from providing an English language test score if they are:

  • Native English speaker from one of the following countries; OR
  • In the process of completing a degree, or have graduated within the last 5 years, from one of the following countries:

Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, New Zealand, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad & Tobago, UK, USA.

If you do not meet the above criteria, you must demonstrate your English proficiency by taking one of the following tests and achieving the minimum stated score:

  • IELTS: 7.0 (with a minimum of 6.0 in each component)
  • TOEFL: 100 internet-based or 623 paper-based (with a minimum of 20 in each component - internet based).
  • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE): 66 (with a minimum of 51 in each component)

If you are uncertain if these exemptions apply to you, please contact the Doctoral Programmes Office.

English language test validity

Some English language test results are only valid for two years. Your English language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

Professional entry qualification

Professional qualifications are examined on their merits and may strengthen the case for entry.

How to apply

Apply online

Advice to applicants

To submit an application, please apply online.  Supporting documents may be provided electronically with your application, or you may provide them as hard copy documents directly to us here at the School.

An application should consist of the following documents.

  1. Online application form
  2. 3000-word Research Proposal outline
  3. Certificates of all your previous degrees - these must be written in English
  4. Grade transcripts of all your previous degrees - these must be written in English. If you are currently undertaking a degree programme, an up-to-date interim transcript will be sufficient at this stage.
  5. Two academic references, preferably from your most recent degree. Your referees must complete the Reference Form and send it to us with their letter of reference. Please note: If you are nominating a potential supervisor, they cannot act as a referee for you.
  6. IELTS, TOEFL, PTE test result slip (if applicable)

Application deadlines for September entry:

30th June 2014

To be considered for our funding opportunities, you must submit your complete application no later than 10th January 2014.

We strongly recommend candidates to apply early and to make sure that all required documents are submitted with the application.  Please note that there are specific deadlines if you wish to be considered for funding. 

How your application is considered

1. Application submitted online

2. Application screened to ensure the candidate meets the entry requirements and has submitted all their supporting documents.

3. If the candidate meets the minimum entry requirements and all documents have been received, the application is passed to the appropriate academics within the School for consideration and to identify a suitable supervisory team.  

4. Prospective supervisors will interview the applicant and make a decision following the interview.

Interview requirements

All applicants are interviewed by prospective supervisors or appropriate academic members of staff. This also provides an opportunity for the applicant to discuss their project proposal. For applicants in the UK, they are invited to attend the interview in person at Manchester Business School.  For applicants based elsewhere, the interview will normally take place by telephone or Skype.

Re-applications

If you applied in the previous year and your application was not successful you may apply again. Your application will be considered against the standard course entry criteria for that year of entry. In your new application you should demonstrate how your application has improved. We may draw upon all information from your previous applications or any previous registrations at the University as a student when assessing your suitability for your chosen course.

Programme description

Providing robust and systematic research training is a core strength of our PhD programme. To be able to take full advantage of the training opportunities that are offered, students should reside in or within commuting distance from Manchester. We strongly encourage any students who do not reside locally to enrol full-time.

Special features

The PhD programme at MBS offers an annual entry point of September.  Complete applications must be received by 30 June. However, if you wish to be potentially considered for out funding opportunities, you must submit your complete application no later than 10th January 2014. 

Please refer to the Entry Requirements information for further details.

Teaching and learning

Our research students follow a robust, systematic and flexible research training programme designed to

  • complement their own immediate requirements as they plan and write their thesis;
  • introduce them to the variety of research undertaken within the Business School; and
  • equip them with the broader skills to become leading edge business and management science researchers in the next generation.

The timetable runs from September to May each year.  Students are required to attend research training sessions and workshops at the School and submit various pieces of assessed work throughout this period.

Normally, full-time students undertake this training and assessment in their first year of study.  Part-time students are permitted to complete the research training element in two years.   

Coursework and assessment

Students are assessed in a number of courses as part of their research training programme. In addition, their progress is assessed at various stages of studies through the annual progress review process.

Programme content for year 1

A specific Research Training programme is provided for students in the field of Accounting and / or Finance.

Additional fee information

Home (UK/EU) candidates: 

For 2014-15 entry, the tuition fees are:

Full-time - £3,996 for Year 1; the tuition fees normally increase for subsequent years.

Part-time - £1,998 for Year 1; the tuition fees normally increase for subsequent years.

Overseas candidates:

For 2014-15 entry, tuition fees are:

Full-time - £14,000 per year for the 3-year programme.

Part-time - £7,000 per year for the 6-year programme.  Students who require a visa in order to study in the UK are not eligible to apply for the part-time PhD.

For general fees information, please visit: Postgraduate Fees.

* Please note that fees quoted are only valid for 2014-15 entry, and will increase each year. If you defer your offer of a place you are required to pay the fees relevant to your new year of entry.

Scholarships and bursaries

Please see more information on our Funding Opportunities web page.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Support Office. Email: disability@manchester.ac.uk

Career opportunities

We have a tradition of producing high quality doctoral research. Many of our graduates hold academic positions in top universities and business schools around the world. We are strongly committed to creating a research community in which researchers can thrive and develop their skills and we view all our doctoral students as potential research stars of the future.