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Oxford DPhil Programme in Management Studies, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #1 (WUR) Oxford, United Kingdom
Our DPhil, a degree that corresponds to a PhD, offers students the opportunity to engage with internationally renowed faculty who are here to help you become an academic scholar.
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  • Courses are typically taught in lectures and seminar-style classes, with some assessed work. In addition, you are encouraged to seek out and take courses in other departments especially when your work has interdisciplinary elements. This breadth of research training is essential if you are to progress in an academic career. You need to be able to make informed choices about the methods you employ in your research.
  • From the second year of your DPhil, while you may still have some coursework, you will concentrate primarily on your thesis, working closely with leading academics in their field and exploring their own interests in greater depth. Our student-to-faculty ratio means there is plenty of interaction and individual attention, and students are encouraged to co-published with their supervisors.
  • You will be both a student and a junior research colleague. We provide courses in a wide variety of research methods and you will work closely with your supervisors to define your research question and develop your thesis. In addition, you will have opportunities to gain teaching and research assistant experience and become involved with the intellectual community within both Saïd Business School and wider University. You will attend academic conferences, make presentations, organise lectures and seminars, and contribute to management and academic decisions.
  • We have deliberately kept the DPhil programme small which means that in the vast majority of cases, students are fully funded to allow students to devote their energies to their research. The DPhil corresponds to a PhD degree offered at most other universities.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

You are required to take three core courses in quantitative and qualitative aspects of research methodology during their first term:

  • Introduction to Management Research Methods
  • Statistical Research Methods
  • Management and Organisation Theory
During second and third terms, doctoral students will undertake advanced research methods training and, in consultation with their supervisor, select specialist courses, available from a choice of topics relevant to area of interest.Specialist elective courses currently available are:
  • Innovation, Organisation and Markets
  • Organisational Theory
  • Foundations of Strategy
  • Social Network Analysis
  • Marketing

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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Academic Requirements

  • This programme accepts GRE® scores. However, it does not provide a recommended score range.

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    The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. The GRE® General Test contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.

General Requirements

DPhil candidates at Saïd Business School arepassionately intellectual people who have a superlative academic record and are committed to a career in academia.

All applicants must meet the following requirements:

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  • A good undergraduate degree: 2.1 (GPA 3.5 or its equivalent).
  • GMAT or GRE test result.
  • English Test: we accept the TOEFL or IELTS (If English is not your first language).
  • A well-developed research proposal.
  • Management Research pathway

    In addition to the items listed above we will also require:

  • A Masters degree in a relevant subject: We will usually seek a distinction.
  • Tuition Fee

    • International

      20115 GBP/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 20115 GBP per year and a duration of 48 months.
    • EU/EEA

      20115 GBP/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 20115 GBP per year and a duration of 48 months.
    We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

    Living costs for Oxford

    • 939 - 1530 GBP/month
      Living Costs

    The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


    We grant scholarships and awards to support DPhil students

    In fact, over 90 percent of DPhil students admitted into the programme receive full-funding over four years, which includes tuition fees and a living stipend. The admissions office will help identify a suitable scholarship for you during the course of your doctoral programme studies.

    Please ensure you tick the boxes of the relevant scholarships on the finance section of you application form.

    If you would like assistance in selecting the most appropriate source of funding, please contact us.

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