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PhD programmes in the School of Management


Our research pushes boundaries. Help us drive change.

Our leading academics perform research that informs policy and practice in business and society. Become part of a community dedicated to making a difference. Contribute to a better world.

Develop personally and professionally while you research

We encourage and support professional development throughout your doctoral study. These transferable skills will help you at Bath and throughout your career.

Studying with our expert supervisors should give you a foundation for your research and your academic career. Wherever your PhD takes you, you will have a supportive network behind you.

Choose your path

We offer different PhD programmes. Pick the right one for you.

Your PhD is the outcome of years of research. To make a smooth transition to the world of research, you will do three projects in your first year. This structured first year will help you stay on track for the duration of your PhD.

Our PhD programmes:

  • three-year full-time PhD
  • four-year Integrated PhD (one-year MRes followed by three-year PhD)

We also offer part-time study to help you fit your research around your other responsibilities.

A global impact

Our faculty have helped us build our international reputation.

We are one of the UK’s leading research-intensive business schools. This reputation is down to the hard work and passion of our faculty members. Their research areas range from rethinking business in a sustainable society to social mobility in higher education.

Our faculty members are actively engaged with the research community. They regularly publish in leading journals. The most recent Research Excellence Framework classed 93% of our research as world-leading or internationally excellent.

Be part of a network that will support your own research and help it make an impact. You will be supported by your supervisor, as well as other faculty members and other PhD students.

Leading research

Our leading research contributes to a better world. It improves people's lives, supports communities and strengthens our economy.

We have made a commitment to research that makes a positive difference to people’s lives. That’s why we launched Research4Good. This campaign aims to communicate our research and the impact it has on society. We want to continue producing leading research and keep highlighting its positive impact.

Find out more about our commitment to Research4Good.

Samantha North smiling in front of an Information, Decisions and Operations (IDO) logo in their office.
‘The most important thing is to choose the right supervisor. Meet them in person and make sure their research interests align with your own.’
Samantha North PhD student

PhD opportunities available in cyber security

PhDs available at our EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in cyber security (with the University of Bristol). Get expert supervision from two top universities.

A four-year PhD programme at our trust, identity, privacy and security in large-scale infrastructures (TIPS-at-scale) Centre for Doctoral Training. Get hands-on experience with taught modules, industry internships and regular masterclasses.

Fees and funding

Find out more about PhD fees and funding opportunities.


View all fees for our postgraduate research degrees.

Tuition fees may increase each year of study (for all University of Bath students).

EU students

Fees for EU students may change depending on the outcome of Brexit negotiations. Read the University’s latest Brexit advice for EU students.


There are funding opportunities available to our PhD students. Find out more about our studentships and check your eligibility.

Entry requirements

Academic and language requirements for studying a PhD.

Academic qualifications

You should have at least a 2:1 at undergraduate level (or its international equivalent).

Your background can be in any subject, not just management. In our PhD students, we look for:

  • intellectual ability
  • determination to become a professional management researcher
  • academic achievements
  • motivation to receive research training

English Language

If English is not your first language, you will need an overall score of 7 in the IELTS academic test.

If you do not meet our English language requirements you may still receive a conditional offer, subject to completing a pre-sessional English language course.

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Contact us

If you have any questions about our PhD programme, please get in touch.