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Management PhD Research Programmes, Ph.D.

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  • 24 months
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PhD applications will be considered in any research area of: accounting, financial markets and banking, entrepreneurship, innovation, strategy, sustainability, corporate social responsibility, accountability and governance, human resources management, organisational behaviour, information technology/systems, management science, operational research, supply chain management, risk management, digital and data driven marketing and health management.

Importance is placed on ensuring adequate academic supervision, hence we carefully examine your proposed area of research study in order to ensure that such supervision is readily available.

n addition, following the training needs assessment, students are likely to be recommended to attend other modules and/or training programmes in the Business School or in other Schools, including the Graduate School. The rest of the programme is research-oriented,with students conducting original research under the guidance of their supervisors.

As a research student you will be directly enrolled on the PhD programme and your progress will be formally reviewed three times throughout the PhD candidature.

Minimum registration periods are two and three years respectively for the full-time and part-time candidatures. In practice you should expect to spend at least one more year of study than these minimum periods. All PhD students are required to attend a designated training course in quantitative and qualitative research methods in the first year of their PhD candidature. Passing such a training course is one of the compulsory requirements prior to the confirmation of the PhD status in year two (or three for part-time students) of the candidature. Depending on the topic of the research project, supervisors may recommend and ask that additional research training is attended in the University or elsewhere.

The Southampton Business School encourage students to seek constant feedback on their research work through presentation of their work at regular departmental seminars, School bi-annual PhD conference and prestigious national and international conferences. Each year a standard research allowance is made available to all students to support their field work and attendance of conferences. 

An additional conference research fund is available throughout the year to cover the costs of very expensive conferences; allocation of the funding is made on a competitive basis provided specific merit criteria are met. Students are also encouraged to submit papers to top-ranked peer reviewed journals for publication. Should their papers be accepted for publication students are rewarded with additional research funding. 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 24 months
    • Duration description

      Maximum 4 years (minimum 2 years)

    • Average part-time duration 36 months
    • Duration description

      Maximum 7 years (minimum 3 years)

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

We provide supervision across a broad range of topics, including

  • Accounting;
  • Accountability and governance;
  • Corporate social responsibility;
  • Entrepreneurship;
  • Financial markets;
  • Health management;
  • Human resources;
  • Information technology/systems;
  • Innovation;
  • Management science;
  • Marketing;
  • Organisational behaviour;
  • Organisational research;
  • Risk;
  • Supply chain management;

English Language Requirements

  • 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.

  • 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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General Requirements

  • a Bachelor degree, normally with at least upper second class honours or equivalent, in a relevant subject;
  • a relevant Master's qualification normally with at least upper second class honours or equivalent, in a relevant subject.
  • IELTS 6.5 overall with 6.5 in each of the four components: reading, writing, listening and speaking

Tuition Fee

  • International

    15600 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 15600 GBP per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    4121 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4121 GBP per year and a duration of 24 months.
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  • UK/EU fees: £2060.00
  • International fees:£7800.00

Living costs for Southampton

  • 697 - 1100 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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


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