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Doctoral Programme


Course Description

Applications are open for PhD studentships at Imperial College Business School, a top 10 global university*. We are looking for exceptional candidates to join our world-leading research team in September 2016. All students on our Doctoral programme will receive fully-funded studentships.

Our Doctoral Programme

Our full-time, five year programme offers an inspirational learning experience that equips you with the skills to become a world-leading expert in your chosen subject. Our programme combines highly relevant and structured training in the first year when you complete a Master's in Research, with the freedom to explore your chosen area of research over the course of a further four years.

Our research culture

Our aim is to drive business advantage through the fusion of business and technology.
At Imperial College Business School, our research meets the highest standards of academic excellence and rigour, yet produces knowledge that is relevant for practice.

We are looking for excellent candidates with strong and innovative research proposals to begin their doctoral studies in the areas of:
• Finance
• Innovation and Entrepreneurship
• Management

The Business School also houses a number of specialist research centres where many of our doctoral students collaborate on exciting research projects with faculty and industry partners.
Some of these include:
• Brevan Howard Centre for Financial Analysis
• Centre for Health Policy
• Centre for Management Buyout Research
• Enterprise Research Centre
• KPMG Centre for Advanced Business Analytics
• Risk Management Laboratory

Studentships available

Studentship applications are now open for students with an outstanding academic background. All students on our Doctoral programme are offered fully-funded places by the Business School, including a full tuition fee waiver and a living stipend for up to five years. Our Doctoral programme has one intake each year in September. The deadline for our 2016 intake is Monday 11 January 2016 and early application is recommended.


*Ranked 9th in the world, THE World University Rankings 2014-2015, joint 2nd in the QS World University Rankings 2014. The Business School has the highest proportion of ‘world-leading' and ‘internationally excellent' research in the UK (Research Excellence Framework, 2014).'

Visit the Doctoral Programme page on the Imperial College London website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Admission to the Doctoral Programme is extremely competitive and the selection committee will pay close attention to all aspects of your application. We look for evidence of strong and consistent academic performance and expect applicants to have high grades at undergraduate and Master's level, including a strong dissertation. From graduates of UK institutions, this would normally equate to a combination of at least an Upper Second Class Honours degree at undergraduate level and a Master's degree awarded with Merit or Distinction.

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