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Course closed:

Management Studies is no longer accepting new applications.

Apply using the Applicant Portal

The Apply Now button on the right will take you to the Applicant Portal. There, you can create and submit your application and supporting documents, and you can also request your references.

An application is only complete when:

  1. you have submitted your application and supporting documents via the Applicant Portal
  2. you have paid the application fee if applicable. For further information on application fees, and which courses require an application fee, see here.
  3. your referees have provided their references.

If you miss the deadlines specified in this section, you will not be able to submit your application.

The department will indicate clearly on the coversheet whether or not the applicant needs to attend the pre-sessional course.

You may need to attend an online pre-sessional course starting on 2 September 2024 and complete it by 29 September 2024.  We shall assume that, by accepting this offer, you are also confirming that you will complete this course. You do not need to be on campus for the course. Further information regarding the online pre-sessional will be provided by the department in due course.

For further information about your offer conditions please see the Offer Booklet.

Selection Process

Applications are considered on a rolling basis. Applicants should expect to hear whether or not they have been shortlisted to proceed with their application within two to three weeks of submitting their completed application.

Applicants who are shortlisted will be put in contact with a member of faculty and asked to submit a research proposal (of up to 2,000 words) to the PhD office by 4 January 2024.

After the review of research proposals, some applicants will be selected for an interview.

Interviews take place in late January. Interviews are either in person or online. Offer decisions are normally made and communicated in early February. Occasionally applicants may be informed that they are on a waiting list.


Further information on How To Apply

Things You'll Need

In order to apply for this course you'll need to think about getting a few things ready before you apply.

  • Two academic references  
  • Transcript  
  • CV/resume
  • Evidence of competence in English  
    If required - you can check using our tool
  • MRes/PhD Pathway
    Pathways are explained here
  • Research interests
    Please give a summary of your research interests and intended research topics. We recommend a maximum of 700 words (see that there is a 3,000 character limit set up for this field). Note than only if you are shortlisted, you will be put in contact with a member of Faculty and asked to submit a research proposal.
  • Sample of work (1)
    Please provide one sample of your writing, no more than 25 pages in length (e.g. excerpts from a thesis), which has been assessed or peer-reviewed.
  • Supervisor

Gates Cambridge Scholarships

If you wish to be considered for a Gates Cambridge Scholarship you will also need to provide the following:

  • Gates Cambridge Reference  
  • Research Proposal (PhD applicants only)

See Gates Cambridge for more information.

How to Find a Supervisor

An MRes applicant may (optionally) state on their application form which member of faculty they would like to work with. The final decision as to supervision arrangements will be made by the PhD Admissions Committee after the student interviews.

The supervisor of the MRes dissertation might not necessarily become the PhD principal supervisor.

Key Information

1+3 years full-time

Study Mode : Research

Doctor of Philosophy
Master of Research in the first instance

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Dates and deadlines:

Applications open
Sept. 4, 2023
Application deadline
Nov. 30, 2023
Course Starts
Sept. 2, 2024

Some courses can close early. See the Deadlines page for guidance on when to apply.

Course Funding Deadline
Dec. 5, 2023
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 11, 2023

These deadlines apply to applications for courses starting in Michaelmas 2024, Lent 2025 and Easter 2025.

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