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PhD Business and Management / Programme details

Year of entry: 2020

Programme description

The Degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) is awarded by the University in recognition of the successful completion of a course of supervised research, the results of which show evidence of originality and independent critical judgement and constitute an addition to knowledge.

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 AMBS offers an annual entry point of September.  Complete applications must be received by 30 June - please refer to the Entry Requirements information for further details.  However, if you wish to potentially be considered for our funding opportunities, earlier deadlines will be in place.

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-timers 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 comprehensive Research Training programme is provided to PhD students, which requires class attendance on campus and completion of various pieces of assessed work.

Programme content for year 2

Students may choose additional elective workshops from the Research Training Programme during Year 2 appropriate to their stage of study and to supplement their existing knowledge.

Programme content for year 3

Students may choose additional elective workshops from the Research Training Programme during Year 3 appropriate to their stage of study and to supplement their existing knowledge.

Additional fee information

Home (UK/EU) candidates :

Full-time - £4,407 for Year 1; the tuition fees normally increase for subsequent years.

Part-time - £2,203 for Year 1; the tuition fees normally increase for subsequent years.

Overseas candidates:

Full-time - £19,000 per year for the 3-year programme.

Part-time - £9,500 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 .

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 Advisory and Support Service. Email: dass@manchester.ac.uk