Management MRes + MPhil/PhD

London, Canary Wharf

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.

UK students International students
Study mode
UK tuition fees (2022/23)
Overseas tuition fees (2022/23)
4 calendar years
Programme starts
September 2022
Applications accepted
All applicants: 18 Oct 2021 – 01 Feb 2022

Applications not yet open

Entry requirements

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

UCL Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional English courses are for international students who are aiming to study for a postgraduate degree at UCL. The courses will develop your academic English and academic skills required to succeed at postgraduate level. International Preparation Courses

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

Equivalent qualifications

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. Please note that the equivalency will correspond to the broad UK degree classification stated on this page (e.g. upper second-class). Where a specific overall percentage is required in the UK qualification, the international equivalency will be higher than that stated below. Please contact Graduate Admissions should you require further advice.

About this degree


Founded in 2007, UCL School of Management has forged a reputation for world-leading research in management studies with 55% of the School’s research deemed to be world-leading, the second highest percentage of any business school in the UK, according to the 2014 REF. The PhD programme is an integral part of our School’s active and ambitious research environment where students receive rigorous academic training and personalised research mentorship.

Our research programme offers a unique education and research experience with the intent of preparing you for scholarly careers at the highest level. Our highly selective and small-sized programme ensures that you receive personal attention and an opportunity for guidance from our world-leading scholars. The close mentorship process forms the foundations of a successful academic career.

As a research student you will join a highly active research environment which involves frequent research seminars and visits by leading scholars worldwide, reading groups, brown bag seminars and panels in which PhD students and faculty members present and discuss their ongoing work. Such forums provide an excellent opportunity to receive critical constructive feedback on your research and to develop academic, generic and transferable skills.

Who this course is for

What this course will give you

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 which 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, a lively programme of research speakers from other institutions, and links with researchers worldwide.

Based on Level 38 and Level 50 of One Canada Square in Canary Wharf, students have a unique working space in London’s business and finance hub offering a myriad of opportunities to meet industry professionals.

The foundation of your career

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.


Our PhD graduates aspire to pursue academic careers in top business schools of world-class universities.


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.

Teaching and learning


The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, and class discussion based on case studies and other activities. Student performance is assessed through simulations, presentations, coursework, group projects, class participation, and examinations.


Research areas and structure

  • Organisations and Innovations Research examines the social psychology of individuals, teams, social networks, and processes within organisations. 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 digitization, big data analytics, machine learning, information environment, platform ecosystems, new organisational forms, innovation, competition, entrepreneurship for development, and social innovation.
  • 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.
  • Finance, Accounting and Economics is focussed on how financial markets and intermediaries affects investment decisions and the allocation of resources in the economy. Topics of interest for faculty members include corporate finance, financial intermediation, banking regulation, and fintech. Please note this particular research group has an extended deadline of 28 February 2021


The programme typically consists of four or five years of full-time study, starting with one year of modules registered as MRes. Subject to successful performance in the MRes and positive assent by a departmental panel, students will move on to a 4 year research degree.






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Fees and funding

Fees for this course

UK students International students
Fee description Full-time
Tuition fees (2022/23) £5,690
Tuition fees (2022/23) £25,960

The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Where the programme is offered on a flexible/modular basis, fees are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Students website:

Additional costs

For more information on additional costs for prospective students please go to our estimated cost of essential expenditure at Accommodation and living costs.

Funding your studies

All admitted MRes/PhD students are offered fully funded scholarships (including tuition and stipend) in the School of Management. This scholarship is open to all students (both EU/UK and international), but only a limited number of scholarships are available. Our scholarships are internationally competitive, such that students typically do not pursue outside funding.

For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.

Next steps

We only offer a full-time programme with a single intake in September.

The normal application window closes 01 February 2022 and a late submission window closes on 31 March 2022. We advise those interested in the programme to apply before 01 February 2022, as those applying in the late submission window will only be considered if there are still places remaining.

Our programme is very selective and we only admit a limited number of students, so applying early may increase your chances.

Please note that you may submit applications for a maximum of two graduate programmes in any application cycle.

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This page was last updated 28 Sep 2021