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Doctoral Research Studentships

King's Business School invites applications for funded, full-time PhD studentships in Management Studies, to start in October 2023. We welcome applications from those who qualify as Home or International for fees purposes and seek to attract talented and enthusiastic students who aspire to be future leaders in their academic fields of study. When completed, your award would state, PhD in your subject area, relating to the relevant Academic Department, e.g., “PhD in Economics,” “PhD in Marketing” and so on.

Located in central London in the iconic Bush House, King’s Business School is one of the top academic centres in management and business in the UK and we have an outstanding reputation for the quality of our research and teaching.

King's Business School welcomes applicants in any of our areas of research expertise.


Home/EU and International studentships are available to students with outstanding research potential. Studentships cover tuition fees and an annual stipend of £19,668 for four years.

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. Students also have access to a generous training and conference fund.


All applicants for the full-time PhD programme are eligible to apply, including Home, EU and International students.

You will be required to live in the UK throughout your full-time studies, although it is understood that you may need to spend short periods overseas while conducting fieldwork

Application process

To apply for a studentship you must complete the below before the studentship deadline, which is 3 January 2023 at 5pm. Please read the guidance on how to apply to the doctoral programme carefully before making your application.

  1. Identify a potential supervisor who is willing to supervise you. Supervisors will ask to have an interview with you. State in the interview that you would like to be considered for the King’s Business School Doctoral Studentship.
  2. An application to the PhD programme, via King’s Apply.

Please note that applicants are highly encouraged to have identified a potential supervisor and should have had an interview before submitting the application.

Assessment Criteria

Studentship applications are assessed according to the following criteria:

  • Evidence of the candidate’s individual research potential. E.g. how strong are the references, academic transcripts, and other credentials such as prizes, academic awards or publications, and, where appropriate, professional qualifications and/or relevant experience?
  • 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?

The closing date for applications is: 3 January 2023 at 5pm.

Decisions will be announced in March 2023. Enquiries should be directed to: