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MPhil/ PhD admissions information

The School of Management & Business has established an international reputation in its core areas of research. Through its collective work school staff have made a major contribution to the shaping and development of management theory and practice. This is a reflection not only of the quality of staff in the school but also the congenial and supportive atmosphere within which we conduct research.

Research is central to our activities. It helps maintain our position at the forefront of the management discipline and at the same time enriches the learning experience of our students. Doctoral students are a central part of our flourishing research activity. Our ESRC approved Management Research MPhil/PhD degree programme owes its success to the quality of the Department of Management's staff and inter-disciplinary nature of the research being conducted.


Applications to the programme shold be made using the King's online system.


We do not consider any applications until we have received all supporting documents, including references. Please note that we strongly advise applicants to find a potential supervsior before submitting your application. Please have a look at the Research Portal with full list and details of our academics.  We aim to contact applicants within 6-8 weeks of receiving the complete application package. 

Initial Registration

All students are registered for an MPhil in the first instance. After 12 months (or part time equivalent), when they have demonstrated that a PhD is a feasible objective, their registration is changed to that of a PhD candidate. The MPhil and PhD programmes are ESRC and CASE recognised.

Studentships 2016-17

Funding opportunities in the School

The School of Management & Business at King’s College London invites applications for a series of funded, full-time PhD studentships to start in the 2016-17 academic year.

The School is one of the leading management and business schools in the UK and has an outstanding reputation for the quality of its research and teaching. It is ranked 10th out of 118 management departments in the Guardian League Tables 2016 and is listed in the top 10 for research output in Business & Management in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework. In addition, the School is a constituent part of KISS-DTC (King’s College Interdisciplinary Social Science Doctoral Training Centre) recognised by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

The School has a number of areas of research expertise, and welcomes applicants in any of these areas. Applications from students in marketing and human resource management are particularly welcome.

  • Marketing
  • Human Resource Management 
  • Accounting & Financial Management
  • Economics, Banking & Finance
  • Public Services Management
  • Work, Interaction & Technology
  • Entrepreneurship and Family Business
  • International Business & Comparative Management


The studentship is for three years and will cover tuition fees at the Home/EU rate, as well as an annual stipend of £16,296 to contribute to living costs. In order to prepare students for academic careers, individuals receiving a studentship will be expected to undertake some teaching and/or marking activities in the School. Any teaching undertaken will attract payment in addition to the stipend.


All full-time students applying for 2016/17 entry (September or January entry point) are eligible. Please note that international (non-EU) students are eligible, but will need to fund the difference in fees between the ‘Home/EU’ and ‘international’ rate themselves.

Application process

The closing date for application is: 21st March 2016. 

Decisions will be announced in April 2016

Applicants are strongly advised to contact a member of academic staff to discuss the research proposal prior to making an application.

Applications are submitted online. Applicants must specify a PhD in Management Studies with a start date of September 2016 or January 2017 to be included in the process.

In the 'Funding' section of the Online Application Form, applicants should indicate that they are applying for a School of Management and Business Doctoral Research Studentship.

Applicants should use the ‘Research Proposal’ section of the application form (approx 500 words) to set out their doctoral thesis and project in summary. They should use the ‘Personal Statement’ section (approx 500 words) of the application form to set out their academic background and interests and their reasons for wanting to pursue postgraduate research study in the School.


The criteria that will be used to assess studentship applications are:

  1. Evidence of the candidate’s individual research potential. E.g. how strong are the academic references; academic transcripts, and other credentials such as prizes, academic awards or publications; and, where appropriate, professional qualifications and/or relevant experience? (50% weighting).
  2. The quality and fit of the proposed research. E.g. are the research topic and questions well formulated? is there a feasible plan of action? does the work offer genuine scope for doctoral research? how well does the research fit with themes within the research group, the School and the wider College or, alternatively, does it make a contribution to developing an emerging programme of research in the School? does the work offer opportunities that will lead to societal or economic impact? (50% weighting).

Further Information

Please direct general enquiries to: Flores Anderson, PhD Administrator

For further details regarding entry requirements, please see the Online Prospectus, here.

Further information about the studentships: 

Information about staff research interests:

ESRC Studentships

The King's Interdisciplinary Social Science Doctoral Training Centre (KISS-DTC) is awarding a number of ESRC-funded postgraduate research studentships to support doctoral research and training in the social sciences at King's.

Information for the ESRC studentship competition can be found on the Graduate School postgraduate funding webpage. 

Further information

For further information on graduate admissions please contact King's Admissions Office.

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