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Queen Mary University of London

London , England ,United Kingdom

Research degrees in Business and Management

Our Doctoral Programme is one of the most vibrant and intensive research degrees in London. Students become members of an internationally recognised research community in which scholarly excellence and innovative training are highly valued. We attract students from around the world who benefit from the School's expertise, energetic research culture and excellent work facilities. As the School of Business and Management, we are committed to the provision of equality of opportunity for all students, PhD researchers and staff. PhD Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee is open to all PhD researchers and aims to help improve the diverse and inclusive nature of our PhD programme by offering an open platform of discussion to identify areas of progressive action.

Research degrees normally consist of four years of full-time study in which an original contribution to an academic field is made. We have an excellent record for attracting College Studentships, and have placed PhDs in academic positions in top ranking UK and international universities. Former students have also been recruited to influential positions in the business, corporate and governmental sectors. Our taught programme introduces different methodological approaches in social science research and equips our first year PhD researchers with a wide range of knowledge and skills needed to complete their independent doctoral study. This programme is interdepartmental, involving departments from other Queen Mary and University of London faculties. We also encourage our PhD researchers to attend a range of social science research workshops and training sessions offered the London Interdisciplinary Social Science (LISS) Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP), which we are part of.

At Queen Mary, you will work with two supervisors who together will provide you with clear guidance and support throughout your studies. Over the years you can expect to form a close working relationship with your supervisors, meeting regularly during your time with the School. They will also closely advise and prepare you for the formal progression meeting that takes place after 9-12 months of research.

Applications are accepted based on the candidate's previous academic performance, the quality of their research proposal and the availability of two members of staff to supervise the chosen topic. The School also encourages applications from those whose topic might best be supervised jointly with another department within the College. Applicants are asked to submit a proposal of around 1,500 words (exluding the refrence list), outlining the research that they hope to undertake, providing key references. A full academic transcript (a record of courses taken and grades achieved) and two academic references should also be included. Applications for PhD studies beginning in September should be submitted no later than March of that year.

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Campus Information

Mile End Campus

It contains the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, the Faculty of Science and Engineering, the Queens' Building, the main college library, the student union, Draper's bar and club, several restaurants, a number of halls of residences and a gym. The educational and research sites of the Arts Research Centre, Computer Science, the large Engineering building, G.E. Fogg Building, Francis Bancroft Building, G. O. Jones Building, Joseph Priestley Building, Lock-keeper's Graduate Centre, and the Mathematical Science Building, are all located within the Mile End campus


  • Sep Deadline: March

Application Processing Time in Days: 45

Application Process

More Information Required 
30 Days
Possible Interview Call from Institution
10 Days
Provisional/Unconditional Offer 
40 Days
Visa Process
30 Days

Minimum English Language Requirements

English Level Description IELTS (1.0 -9.0) TOEFL IBT (0-120) TOEFL CBT (0-300) PTE (10-90)
Expert 9 120 297-300 86-90
Very Good 8.5 115-119 280-293 83-86
Very Good 8 110-114 270-280 79-83
Good 7.5 102-109 253-267 73-79
Good 7 94-101 240-253 65-73
Competent 6.5 79-93 213-233 58-65
Competent 6 60-78 170-210 50-58
Modest 5.5 46-59 133-210 43-50
Modest 5 35-45 107-133 36-43
Limited 4 32-34 97-103 30-36
Extremely Limited < 4 < 31 < 93 < 30

Job Opportunity Potential

Careers support 

The services we offer to support your career development include:

  • one-to-one appointments to help you with your career direction, give feedback on job applications, offer insight into the job market and prepare you for interviews
  • workshops to support your career development and job hunting
  • employer events attracting recruiters and alumni from a rich range of sectors
  • support for finding internships and parttime jobs
  • specialist careers consultants to support PhD students through appointments, events and workshops.

Support for international students

  • We offer a programme of support for international students throughout the year, which involves talks on how to find graduate work in the UK and an International Students Week featuring external speakers.
  • Students can search for jobs across the world with our international jobs database, as well as browse our guides on getting work in particular markets.
  • All students have access to a rich programme of employer events and career development workshops, running across the University year. 

Support after graduation

Our careers support continues after you leave Queen Mary.

  • All graduates have access to our Careers and Enterprise services for two years after graduation.
  • You can have -
    free one-to-one appointments in person, over the phone or via Skype
    Attend our employer events
    use our online psychometric testing and mock-interview software
    access our jobs board – over 3,000 employers uploaded vacancies in 2018/19.

Queen Mary graduates have gone on to work in these organisations:

• Accenture • Allen & Overy • Arup • AstraZeneca • Baker McKenzie • Barts Health NHS Trust • European Central Bank • Fintech Innovation Lab • Google • HSBC • IBM • Institute of Cancer Research • Institute of Dentistry • J.P. Morgan • Jaguar Land Rover • Lloyds Banking Group • Natural History Museum • Penguin • PwC • Queen Mary • Save the Children • Shell • Stella McCartney • Thales • Thomson Reuters • World Economic Forum ...and many more!

Careers success

93% of our postgraduates are in work and/or study six months after graduation. 84% of those in work/study are in highly skilled work/study (most recent DLHE Survey of 16/17 leavers)* 

Enterprise support

Many students and graduates across Queen Mary start or grow their own business or social venture each year. In 2018/19, Queen Mary gave out £45,000 in seed funding to help students start new, or grow existing businesse

PSW Opportunity

  • 2 Years PSW is applicable after the course completing (Bachelors level or above).


Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria

The School is committed to appointing only the very best candidates to our PhD programme.

  • To apply you will normally have a first degree with first class honours (or equivalent) and a masters degree at distinction level, in business/management or a discipline related to your research topic. We do not normally accept an MBA.
  • Relevant experience is also taken into account.
  • Applicants are required to have an IELTS overall score of 7, 6.0 in Writing and 5.5 in all other sections at the time of application. In some circumstances the requirement will be applied flexibly and applicants will be assessed on a case by case basis.
    For example if an applicant has performed to distinction level in a dissertation although they have a grade below that specified above or if an applicant has an excellent proposal and relevant work experience for a considerable period of time.

Please note that you are required to identify potential supervisor(s) in your online application. Therefore, please contact a member of staff with interests in your area to discuss your proposed research before making a formal application.


For More Information Please Contact to Our Counselor.


  • Course Type: Full Time
  • Course Level: Doctoral Degree/PhD
  • Duration: 03 Year  
  • Total Tuition Fee: 65250 GBP
    Annual Cost of Living: 12006 GBP
    Application Fee: N/A
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