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Management Integrated PhD

Most students complete this programme in 4 years full-time

This programme equips candidates with the skills to conduct and publish high-quality research, and to pursue careers in leading research-led universities.

Our Integrated PhD in Management programme is designed to equip doctoral researchers with the skills and training to conduct and publish the high-quality research necessary to pursue successful careers as professional management scholars and researchers in leading research-led universities.

The programme combines structured research training with applied research practice, leading to the separate awards of both a Master in Research (MRes) integrated with a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).

We welcome PhD scholars from any disciplinary background interested in developing professional scholarly research in any aspect of business, management, accounting, finance, and allied subjects. We admit Integrated PhD candidates on the basis of their academic credentials, scholarly potential, and demonstrable motivation to pursue careers as professional scholars and researchers.

Integrated PhD students have the opportunity to develop and deepen their own research interests working with academic experts in our four subject groups:

  • Accounting, Finance & Law (AFL)
  • Informations, Decisions & Operations (IDO)
  • Marketing, Business & Society (MBS)
  • Strategy & Organisation (S&O)

With a strong foundation in research, alumni of the PhD programme in the School of Management have earned academic positions at leading universities around the world, including the University of Alberta, University of Cambridge, University of Edinburgh, University of Liverpool, Warwick Business School, among others. Our PhDs also publish their work in world leading international journals.

Programme structure

Most students complete this programme in 4 years. You cannot take less than 3 years to finish your research and the maximum time you are allowed is normally 5 years.

You will start this programme in September.

Occasionally we make changes to our programmes in response to, for example, feedback from students, developments in research and the field of studies, and the requirements of accrediting bodies. You will be advised of any significant changes to the advertised programme, in accordance with our Terms and Conditions.

Your academic progress and general welfare will be monitored by your supervisor.

Academic milestones

  1. Registration
  2. Induction
  3. Taught phase
  4. Candidature
  5. Confirmation
  6. Research
  7. Writing up
  8. Give notice of intention to submit a thesis / portfolio
  9. Submission for examination
  10. Examination (Viva Voce)
  11. Examiners report
  12. Final submission of thesis / portfolio
  13. Graduation
  14. Taught, Placement and Research

Programme content


  • Doctoral skills online
  • Doctoral skills workshop
  • Interaction and networking
  • Lectures
  • Online resources
  • Practical sessions
  • Real-life case studies
  • Research project
  • Seminars
  • Supervisory team
  • Tutorials
  • Workshops

Taught content

Our Integrated PhD in Management comprises two main components: - Year 1: the Master in Research (MRes) skills’ training phase - Years 2 - 3/4: the PhD research phase

MRes: 90-credit curriculum including the following modules:

  • Approaches to management research
  • Principles and skills of management research
  • Qualitative methods for management 1
  • Quantitative methods for management 1
  • Qualitative and quantitative research practicum
  • Qualitative methods for management 2
  • Quantitative methods for management 2
  • Quantitative methods for management (accounting & finance)
  • Research apprenticeship
  • Research apprenticeship development
  • Initial research proposal

All MRes taught units have assessed work, successful completion of which is a requirement for progression through to the PhD research phase of the Integrated PhD in Management.

Research content

Year 1

In their first year, Integrated PhD in Management students begin systematically to learn the skills and knowledge required for a successful scholarly research career. This involves the following:

Formal Research Training

Integrated PhD candidates are automatically enrolled in the Master in Research (MRes) degree, undertaking a combination of taught units and independent research modules. The MRes curriculum provides comprehensive training in management theory, research methods and practice, providing the basic skills needed for advanced PhD research.

Developing your research proposal

Integrated PhD candidates also develop and refine their research topic and methodology under the guidance of their admitting supervisory team. Through the Research Apprenticeship, Research Apprenticeship Development, and Initial Research Proposal units of the MRes candidates explore and develop potential research areas and methodologies.

Years 2 and 3/4

Following successful completion of the MRes and development of a viable PhD project, candidates progress from the initial training to the research phase of the Integrated PhD, continuing to develop the specifics of their research proposal.

Once candidates have had the details of their research proposal formally confirmed in their second year, their PhD research, analysis and writing up become the main focus of study in the following 3 to 4 years.

The majority of Integrated PhD candidates aim is to complete their PhD within a total of 3 to 4 years from start to finish.

To be awarded an Integrated PhD, a thesis has to make an original and publishable contribution to knowledge.

Throughout their PhD, candidates are encouraged to develop scholarly papers with their supervisors which will support candidates’ future academic careers.

Professional Development

Professional development is a crucial element of doctoral study, not only in supporting your research but also as part of your longer term career development. Our DoctoralSkills workshops and courses will help you build your skills and help you succeed in your doctorate.

Read more about professional development support


Assessment methods

  • Thesis
  • Viva Voce

Assessment description

The award of the PhD follows the successful completion of the following:

  • Oral examination – known as a ‘Viva voce’ and sometimes ‘defence’ - normally occurs at two stages. First, as part of the Confirmation process in year 2; and second as part of the final assessment of your PhD Thesis in year 3 or 4.

  • Thesis – this is your written research project. To be awarded the PhD, you will need to make an original and significant contribution to knowledge that is of a standard publishable in recognised scholarly outlets. A thesis can take the form of single overall monograph or a set of around 3-5 papers set withing a linking overall narrative.

Entry requirements

Academic requirements

Our Integrated PhD programme is competitive, and we seek motivated, talented individuals with demonstrably high intellectual ability who are committed to excellence in research.

Minimum requirements are a bachelor’s degree at a First or Upper-second level (or equivalent) from a recognised university and English language proficiency, with most successful applicants also having a good master’s degree (or equivalent) from a recognised university.

Research proposal

There are two main routes to a doctoral project, depending on applicants’ areas of interest and intellectual preferences. Candidates may choose either to:

  • lead the development of their own research project in conjunction with and under the guidance of their supervisors; or
  • apply for a defined, supervisor-led project largely determined by an existing wider research programme.

Choosing to develop your own research project

Identify a lead supervisor:

If you decide to develop your own research project, you must first find an academic who would be interested in being your lead supervisor. You can find potential lead supervisors on the School of Management faculty website. You can also browse Pure, the University’s research portal, for profiles of individual academics as well as the research centres, institutes and units to which they belong. Your proposed research area will need to be related to the academic's research interests.

Make contact and discuss your proposed research:

Potential academic supervisors are happy to discuss potential PhD projects and advise on the broad suitability of topic areas and approaches. At this point, you are likely to be asked to prepare an original proposal for consideration before consideration of making an offer is made.

Tips on writing a research proposal

Different academic faculty members will specify different requisites for research proposals. However, few successful proposals will be less than 3,000 words, and all will need to be original, based upon extant scholarly literature and the product of applicants’ own work. Many potential supervisors will generously provide advice and guidance about what they expect, but generally PhD research proposals are expected to include the following:

Aims and objectives: What are the central aims and research questions that will guide your research? Why are such aims, questions, proposition and/or hypotheses intellectually interesting, academically worthwhile and practically purposeful?

Rationale: Contextualise your aims and objectives in a broader field of study, identifying the main literature, authors and audiences that you are addressing.

Methodology: Explain how you intend to conduct your research; what information you would need, how you would collect it and how you are going to analyse it. This only needs to be indicative at this juncture.

Timeline: Provide a summary of what you are planning to do and when.

Bibliography: Provide a short bibliography of key academic papers related to your research question.

Choosing to apply for a defined project

If you wish to apply for a defined, academic-led project, you can see which opportunities are currently available and get an initial idea of the particular application requirements online via the Find a PhD website.

Please note that whether you apply to the Integrated PhD programme with your own proposed PhD project or for a defined project, all Integrated PhD candidates require a supervisory team comprising a minimum of two supervisors. Hence, you will need both a named lead supervisor and at least one secondary supervisor. Usually, a willing potential lead supervisor can assist in identifying possible secondary supervisors.

Other requirements

If English is not your first language, you are required to attain a minimum overall standard on a recognized English proficiency test. Your performance should demonstrate proficiency across all sections of the test, and it must have been completed within the two years prior to your start on the Integrated PhD programme.

English Language requirements

You will normally need one of the following:

  • IELTS: 7.0 overall with no less than 6.5 in all components
  • The Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic): 69 with no less than 62 in any element
  • TOEFL IBT: 100 overall with a minimum 24 in all 4 components

You will need to get your English language qualification within 24 months prior to starting your course.

If you need to improve your English language skills before starting your studies, you may be able to take a pre-sessional course to reach the required level.


Two references are required. At least one of these should be an academic reference if you have been studying recently.

Fees and funding

Fees and funding information for Management Integrated PhD


Your tuition fees and how you pay them will depend on whether you are a Home or Overseas student.

Learn how we decide fee status

Tuition fees are liable to increase annually for all University of Bath students. If you aren't paying your fees in British pounds, you should also budget for possible fluctuations in your own currency.

Find out more about student fees

Extra costs

We do not anticipate extra costs associated with the programme. Students are responsible for funding their textbooks, printing, fieldwork, travel, accommodation, etc, unless the University or School formally states otherwise.

How to pay

Funding options

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Payment options

You can pay your tuition fees by Direct Debit, debit card, credit card or bank transfer.

Paying your tuition fees

Application information

  • Programme title
    Management Integrated PhD
  • Final awards
    MRes and PhD
  • Mode of study
  • Course code
  • Department
  • Location
    University of Bath
    Claverton Down, Bath BA2 7AY
  • Application deadline

    3 months prior to the intended start date (for international applicants) or 2 months prior to the intended start date (for home applicants). For example, for an end of September start, the deadline is 30 June (international) and 31 July (home).

  • Regulator

Applicant profile

To apply with either your own research proposal or for a defined project, you must use the online application form. As noted above, key components of this application are the development of a research proposal and the identification of a potential lead and secondary supervisors.

See our guide about how to apply for doctoral study

Selection process

When we receive your application, we may contact you for more information or proceed to the next step. If you meet the admission criteria, have written an original and intriguing research proposal (if required) and the identified lead supervisor has an interest in your area, you will be invited for an interview to talk about your proposal. Based on all the information available, your proposed lead and secondary supervisors will decide whether or not they would like the School and University to consider offering you a place in the Integrated PhD in Management programme.

We aim to make decisions about applications within six weeks of receiving all necessary information/documentation from you. Without all necessary materials from you, decisions cannot be made. You can check the progress of your application by logging into the Doctoral College’s Doctoral Application Tracker. You will be sent Application Tracker login details after you submit your application.

Immigration requirements

If you are an international student, you can find out more about the visa requirements for studying in the UK.

For additional support please contact the Student Immigration Service for matters related to student visas and immigration.

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