Our research programme offers a unique education and research experience to a small number of highly motivated students, with the intent of preparing them for scholarly careers at the highest level.
Modes and duration
The School of Management MRes/PhD is arranged in a 1+4 format with the first year spent doing a preparatory MRes. Students who successfully progress from the MRes move to a 4 year Research Degree.
Tuition fees (2020/21)
Note on fees: The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Students website.
We seek to recruit highly motivated, ambitious students with strong educational backgrounds. The ideal candidate will have a first-class Bachelor’s degree from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. We encourage students from a wide variety of backgrounds (e.g, engineering, economics, business, mathematics/statistics, psychology, sociology, among others) to apply to our programme. Applicants are also required to have taken the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) or the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) General Test.
English language requirements
If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.
The English language level for this programme is: Standard
Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.
Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.
International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.
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PhD students pursue their studies in one of the four research groups listed below:
- Organisations and Innovations Research examines the social psychology of individuals, teams, social networks, and processes within organizations. Topics of interest include creativity, innovation, leadership, negotiations, personality, decision-making, cooperation and competition.
- Strategy and Entrepreneurship Research is focused on understanding what makes firms successful and what leads to new business formation. Topics of interest include innovation, business model development, organisational responses to uncertainty, corporate development, networks, R&D management, and organisational learning.
- Operations and Technology Research focuses on understanding how companies actually do things for value creation and value capture. Topics of interest include R&D management, new product development, innovation management, service systems, supply chain economics and healthcare operations.
- Marketing and Analytics Research investigates how firms generate value by understanding consumer behaviour. Topics of interest include branding, retailing, advertising, pricing, product development, marketing channels, business marketing, marketing strategy, and e-commerce.
About this degree
Core module: MSIN0131 - Research Presentation and Critical Writing Skills. 15 credits
Core module: MSIN0132 - Seminar in Organization Theory. 15 credits
Optional module: MSIN0134 - Strategy and Design. 15 credits
Optional module: MSIN0046 Qualitative Research Methods for Management. 15 credits
MSIN0135: MRes Research Project: 105 credits. 8,000 - 10,000 words.
Students take a total of 180 credits in the MRes year. This is made up of the MRes Research Project (MSIN0135) and 75 credits of taught modules.
Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability is subject to change.
We offer fully funded MRes/PhD scholarships in the School of Management to all admitted students. This scholarship is open to all students (both EU/UK and international), but only a limited number of scholarships are available.
Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed below.
- Fees, maintenance and travel (Duration of programme)
- Based on academic merit
For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.
Our PhD graduates aspire to pursue academic careers in top business schools of world-class universities.
Students acquire rigorous academic and interpersonal skills to perform cutting-edge research in management. This prepares them for academic and research-based careers in leading universities and research institutions.
Throughout the programme, our students have the chance to interact with leading scholars around the world. This is facilitated by our active research seminar series and students’ participation in leading academic conferences.
Why study this degree at UCL?
Our highly selective and small-sized PhD programme ensures that each student receives personal attention and guidance from our academic staff members throughout their doctoral study. The close mentorship process forms the foundation of a successful academic career. Doctoral training involves close collaboration between each doctoral student and academic staff on shared research interests, coursework at UCL and other leading research departments, and independent research activities. Doctoral studies benefit from our collaborative research community, lively programme of research speakers from other institutions, and links with researchers worldwide.
Department: UCL School of Management
What our students and staff say
"UCL is one of the top schools in the UK, and being in the heart of London makes it very attractive to International students. There are so many leading research departments at UCL, and as a grad student I have been fortunate to attend classes (even just for audit or sit in on lectures that are of interest to me) from different disciplines. This is certainly a unique selling point."
Nilam KaushikManagement PhD
Application and next steps
Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.
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