Management PhD



Course introduction

An PhD is an advanced postgraduate research degree that requires original research and the submission of a substantial dissertation of 60,000 to 100,000 words. At Birkbeck, you are initially registered on an MPhil and you upgrade to a PhD after satisfactory progress in the first year or two. You need to find a suitable academic supervisor at Birkbeck, who can offer the requisite expertise to guide and support you through your research. Find out more about undertaking a research degree at Birkbeck.

The MPhil/PhD Management is ideal for those who wish to pursue academic careers involving teaching and research in management, or to further careers in consultancy or policy work. You will be required to be highly motivated, well organised, prepared to learn your subject in depth, and able to engage constructively and critically with a range of academic research related to your topic to complete an independent research project.

Birkbeck's Department of Management has particular strengths in the study of innovation and entrepreneurship; marketing; labour economics and industrial relations; international business; corporate governance and corporate social responsibility; strategy as practice, organisation theory, information systems strategy, social networks, and trust within organisations; corporate finance and financial reporting; and the management and regulation of sport. Our research draws on the methods and theories of various social science disciplines - principally economics, psychology and sociology, but also geography and political science.



Start date

Up to four years.

Tuitions and fees

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
4 Years - full-time Doctor of Philosophy - PhD £0 Home Fees
4 Years - full-time Doctor of Philosophy - PhD £0 Overseas Fees
4 Years - full-time Doctor of Philosophy - PhD £0 European Fees
7 Years - part-time Doctor of Philosophy - PhD £0 Home Fees
7 Years - part-time Doctor of Philosophy - PhD £0 Overseas Fees
7 Years - part-time Doctor of Philosophy - PhD £0 European Fees


Qualifications required

  • Domestic entry requirements: Usually, we require a high 2:1 or above for your undergraduate degree and a merit for your Master?s. At least one of your previous degrees should be in an area relevant to your proposed research. We will also need to see your degree transcripts, which provide a breakdown of your marks, in addition to your degree certificates. In general, we do not admit, directly to the MPhil/PhD, students whose Master?s degree is an MBA; we instead recommend our MRes Management as preparation for the MPhil/PhD degree.
  • International entry requirements: Usually, we require a high 2:1 or above for your undergraduate degree and a merit for your Master?s. At least one of your previous degrees should be in an area relevant to your proposed research. We will also need to see your degree transcripts, which provide a breakdown of your marks, in addition to your degree certificates. In general, we do not admit, directly to the MPhil/PhD, students whose Master?s degree is an MBA; we instead recommend our MRes Management as preparation for the MPhil/PhD degree. If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, the requirement for this programme is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 7.0, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests.
  • IELTS score: 7