University of Surrey

University of Surrey


Responding to an increasing demand for more structured PhD programmes, we have developed a doctoral programme that involves two years of training followed by two years that focus on independent research. As part of the programme, you will be trained in a wide range of research approaches and methods, get extensive exposure to the relevant theories in your specialised field, as well as an overview of the broader management field. You will also get training that focuses on developing your research project, and your first academic paper, as well as skills for presenting at academic conferences. The programme will also provide you with the opportunity to gain significant teaching experience. These skills will equip you to become a well-rounded academic and produce high-quality academic papers, which will enhance your employability for top academic roles. These increasingly require PhD graduates to already have publications, teaching experience and the ability to master both quantitative and qualitative research approaches. You will begin with an idea for your research project at the start of the programme and develop the area of your thesis during this process. The programme is suited to those who wish to develop high-level research skills: future academics in particular, but also candidates considering roles that involve significant research skills such as research and development in business, or government advisory and other policy-influencing bodies. Many of the courses will integrate lectures by experts and guest speakers both from within the Faculty and externally, who are researching at the frontiers of their subjects.

Entry requirements

Applicants are expected to hold an undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline, normally with a first-class honours (or equivalent). A Masters degree is not a requirement, but a distinction in a Masters can strengthen an application. Applicants should submit a 600-word research proposal. A GMAT or GRE score is not required but it will greatly strengthen an application. A minimum of two letters of recommendation should be provided with your application.

Course modules

Research areas. Surrey Business School: Business transformation and sustainable enterprise; finance and accounting; people and organisations; marketing and retail management; digital economy; centre for health care management and policy; centre for sustainable enterprise management. Department of Health Care Management and Policy: Better for Less; economics of health and health care; transformational change, innovation, leadership and learning.

Assessment methods

Over the course of the programme, you will produce a dissertation (assessed by viva voce).


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PhD Full-time October 2017 - 4 years

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