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Management Research MPhil / PhD

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King's Business School is one of the leading academic centres in management and business in the UK and has an outstanding reputation for the quality of our research and teaching. It has been ranked in the top 10 for Business & Management studies for 3 years running in the Complete University Guide (2016-18) 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 is a constituent part of the new LISS-DTP (London Interdisciplinary Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership), which draws together doctoral training at King’s, Imperial College London and Queen Mary, University of London, offering our students excellent opportunities to develop their research skills and experience. This partnership is supported by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

Research is built around a number of strategic research centres and groupings, please see below for more details.

Research Centres: www.kcl.ac.uk/business/research/centres/index.aspx 

Research Groups: www.kcl.ac.uk/business/research/groups/index.aspx 

Our Research Groups are inclusive, encouraging cross-group membership, multidisciplinarity, and collaboration with members of the School, others in the College.  We have strong links with scholars and practitioners based in academic institutions and private and public sector institutions both in the UK and abroad. Projects include both theoretically-driven as well as more applied research.

Key benefits

International profile: The school has a high international profile in our core areas of research, through which our academic staff have made a major contribution to the shaping and development of management theory and practice.

Research income: We attract a substantial amount of research income, from both research councils (ESRC, EPSRC, AHRC) and from other institutions such as the Leverhulme Trust, EU, CIPD, CIMA, RPSGB and several government bodies.



Key information

Duration Expected to be: MPhil two years FT, four years PT; PhD three years FT, six years PT.

Study mode Full-time, Part-time

Further details

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty King's Business School



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Course detail


All students on the doctoral programme are registered for an MPhil in the first instance. At the beginning of the programme you will work with your supervisors to assess your individual training needs. You will use this to develop a personalised training schedule that draws on foundational and advanced courses made available to you through the School, the King’s Centre for Doctoral Studies and the London Interdisciplinary Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership (LISS-DTP). These courses will hone your academic skills and prepare you for the demands of your specific research project.

After around 12 months (or the part time equivalent), you will demonstrate that you are ready for formal upgrade to the PhD programme. This involves the examination of a substantial document that shows (i) you have identified an original and interesting research problem and (ii) you have the skills and expertise to tackle it within the time available. You will be supported throughout your PhD by two academic supervisors, who will provide expert advice and guidance on your progress and your project. Your project will culminate in the submission of a thesis of up to 100,000 words in length. Full-time students must submit their thesis within four years of the start of their registration. Part-time students must submit within seven years.

Course study environment

We believe that our graduate students are a vital part of School life. Doctoral students have access to dedicated workspaces, computing and printing facilities, expenses for conferences and training, etc. You will have two supervisors with whom you meet on a regular basis. Each year we hold a two-day PhD conference where all doctoral students present their work to the School and receive feedback from supervisors and other academics. 

Postgraduate training

The School recognises that research training is fundamental to any successful PhD.

The School runs a compulsory Theory & Methods Seminar for 1st year students covering a variety of topics relating to research perspectives, practices and procedures. These seminars give students a chance to meet and discuss issues informally and network with academic staff. Graduate students are also active participants in frequent school and research group seminars given by external speakers.

King’s Business School is also part of the London Interdisciplinary Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership (LISS-DTP). The LISS-DTP offers a wide range of foundational and advanced research modules to doctoral students.

In addition, the King’s Centre for Doctoral Studies provides support to all doctoral students across the university and runs a variety of training courses and research development opportunities to help students fulfil their full potential.

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Contact for information

Admissions Office:  tel: +44 (0) 20 7848 7206 

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Management Research Entry requirements
Minimum UK requirements   

Master's degree with a Merit and a Bachelor's degree with 2:1 in a relevant subject.

International requirements    Visit our admissions webpages to view our International entry requirements.
English Language requirements  Band B Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.




Application procedure

A King's online application form must be completed along with two academic references and copies of supporting documents. Applications should include a research proposal, outlining the intended area of research.   Guidelines for applicants (including guidance about how to write a research proposal) are available on the department's website. Admission requires a supervisor willing to oversee your research. All applicants are urged to familiarise themselves with our faculty - names and specialisations are accessible on the department website - and contact possible supervisors. Do not apply until you have found a faculty member willing to supervise your research.


Personal statement and supporting information

Please include the name of your proposed supervisor at King's. To identify a supervisor please see: https://kclpure.kcl.ac.uk/portal/en/

You will be asked to submit the following documents in order for your application to be considered:

Mgmt Research checklist
Personal Statement Yes A personal statement of up to 4,000 characters (maximum 2 pages) is required.
Research Proposal Yes The proposal (1500 - 2000 words in length) should explain in some detail precisely the field of study that you want to contribute to and current research gaps, what you want to do and how you propose to do it. For advice on how to write a winning application, please visit the following page
Previous Academic Study Yes A copy (or copies) of your official academic transcript(s), showing the subjects studied and marks obtained. If you have already completed your degree, copies of your official degree certificate will also be required. Applicants with academic documents issued in a language other than English, will need to submit both the original and official translation of their documents.
References Yes Two references are required with at least one academic. Professional references will be accepted if you have completed your qualifications over five years ago.
Other Optional Applicants may also wish to include a CV (Resume) or evidence of professional registration as part of their application

Course intake

Approximately 10 FT/PT.

Application closing date

The deadlines for applications are detailed below. Please note that funding deadlines may be earlier.

  • January 2018 entry – Application deadline: 29th October 2017 for Overseas students and 3rd December 2017 for Home/EU students
  • October 2018 entry – Application deadline: 27th July 2018 for Overseas students and 31st August for Home/EU students

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Fees and funding

UK/EU Tuition Fees 2018/19

Full time tuition fees: £5,000 per year

Part time tuition fees: £2,500 per year

Current regulations allow some students to pay UK tuition fees on the basis of their EU citizenship or residency. Until these eligibility criteria are changed, the EU tuition fee will remain the same as the UK tuition fee.

These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.


International Tuition Fees 2018/19

Full time tuition fees:  £18,740 per year          

Part time tuition fees: £9,370 per year

These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.



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