48 months
15400 GBP/year
4500 GBP/year
Tuition fee
Apply date
Start date


Whether you are planning a career in academia or as a professional researcher, the Kingston University's Business PhD (Doctor of Philosophy) will enable you to develop your skills and knowledge and enhance your professional credibility.


Kingston Business School has joined an elite group of global institutions to be awarded the prestigious international accreditation by the AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business). A hallmark of excellence in business education, the accreditation has been earned by just 5 per cent of the world's business schools.

Additional masters qualification

The distinct characteristic of Kingston University's Business PhD (Doctor of Philosophy) is that you are able to gain a Business and Management MRes as part of your doctoral studies. The MRes is fully integrated within the PhD programme and is designed to provide a sound training in business research methods as well as a critical understanding of the conceptual and philosophical foundations of management research. 

How we work with our partners in business

One of Kingston Business School's key strengths is its close collaboration with professional organisations. We aim to ensure that our programmes bridge the gap between academic theory and professional practice by working closely with the business world's principal professional bodies and harmonise our courses with the needs of today's business practitioners.

We enjoy recognition or accreditation from:

  • Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD)
  • Association of MBAs (AMBA)
  • Chartered Institute of Marketing
  • Market Research Society
  • Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators
  • The Law Society


Accreditation by the AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business).

Programme Structure

Modules included:

  • Philosophy and Traditions of Management Research
  • Research Design and Data Collection
  • Foundations of Data Analysis and Reporting
  • Advanced Qualitative Research
  • Advanced Quantitative Research

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Lower Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

Candidates should normally possess:

  • a first- or second-class honours undergraduate degree AND a masters degree in general management or a business-related subject
  • two personal references from academic referees confirming candidates' suitability for the programme
  • a short research proposal of approximately 2,000 words which should include the proposed subject area, the aim of the study, a summary of the research to be undertaken, an indication of any previous work completed relevant to the area under investigation, and a bibliograph

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    15400 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 15400 GBP per year during 48 months.
  • National

    4500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 4500 GBP per year during 48 months.

Living costs for London

1137 - 2157 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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