MPhil/PhD Business & Management

Fees and Funding


The fees for 2021 entry are yet to be released. The fees for 2020 were £4,425 for home students and £18,800 for overseas students.

Fees are for a single year of study and are normally payable at the start of each year of tuition. Fees are subject to change in further years of study.

Chancellor's International Scholarship

Overseas applicants are strongly advised to apply for a Chancellor’s International Scholarship.

You must have applied for the MPhil/PhD Business & Management programme and indicated that you wish to be considered for this scholarship by no later than 21 January 2021. In order to apply for the Chancellor’s Scholarship, which is administered by the University, you will need to have received an offer for the programme you wish to study via the Doctoral Programme Office at WBS. 

The WBS deadline for all documentation to be submitted for scholarship consideration is 21 January 2021

You must have submitted all your application documents by 21 January 2021, however, we strongly advise that you apply 8 weeks before this date. You application documents should include your research proposal, two academic references, degree transcripts (undergraduate and masters) and English language test certificate.


ESRC Scholarships

The ESRC have scholarships for PhD programme applicants, which are available to UK and international students. All students will receive a full award, to include a stipend and fees at the home level. The deadline to apply for these is 21 January 2021. You must apply directly to the ESRC for these scholarships, and you should indicate in your application to the programme that you have applied to the ESRC.Details on available ESRC scholarships can be found here. We consider applications from all areas of Business and Management, including the Warwick Institute of Employment Research (IER), and Finance.

WBS Scholarships

There are a number of scholarships open to full-time applicants for the MPhil/PhD Business & Management programme. Deadlines for applications to the PhD programme can be found here.

Turing Scholarships

The Alan Turing Institute offers students the opportunity to complete a PhD through the Institute and the University of Warwick. For more information, please see the Turing Institute website.

Subject Group Scholarships

Scholarships are occasionally made available by subject groups in areas aligned to research centres. These will be listed as they arise.

WBS PhD Scholarship: Position in Strategy

The Strategy & International Business Group at WBS is currently seeking applications for one full-time PhD scholarship (4 years), starting from October 2021, on the following research project:

From Start-Up to Unicorn: Ownership Competence and the Economic and Social Impact of Hyperscaling Ventures

We are looking for a top-talented and motivated candidate with a background in the social sciences and strong analytical and methodological skills who is eager to join in an interdisciplinary and international research project and interact with industry and academia. The project offers potential unique access and opportunity to learn from and engage with top international ventures to develop academic theory on venture capital, ownership competence, and the impact of hyperscaling ventures.

Scholarship details

The scholarship will be available for the exceptional candidate subject to approval by the WBS Scholarship awards panel. The scholarship covers full tuition and training. The successful candidate may also be able to extend the scholarship to include the opportunity to interact with leading venture capital executives and advisory firm experts in the topical domain of the PhD. There is current interest from several firms to support this research project.

The attainment of a PhD title in Strategy at WBS requires meeting all the training according to Warwick University standards as well as full-time study and engagement in research activities during the four-year period.

Project description

This project aims to address the following five questions:

  1. Why and to what degree does context matter and how does ownership affect economic and social value creation in HSVs?
  2. What do different types of (active vs. passive) ownership contribute to the survival of HSVs?
  3. Whether and how the sequencing of ownership matters to the evolution of HSVs
  4. What is the impact of different growth strategies on social and economic value creation by HSVs?
  5. How does the concentration of the venture capital market shape the emergence and survival of hyper-scaling ventures?

Given the topic, there are potential opportunities to closely connect with senior executives to study how successful unicorns, hedge funds, private equity, and venture capital firms develop ownership competence. Specifically, research aims will be directed at gathering unique longitudinal data to study how ownership competence affects the evolution and social and economic impact of HSVs. Also, there may be opportunities for the successful applicant to connect with other leading academic institutions that the project lead is affiliated with which include several other top schools across the globe.

For full details of the scholarship and details on how to apply please click here.

EUTOPIA Scholarship

The EUTOPIA PhD co-tutelle programme supports high-quality PhD projects in all research areas co-supervised by academics of the EUTOPIA member universities. It offers PhD fellowships for 3 to 4 years, depending on the length of doctoral studies in the partner universities. It is expected to lead to high-quality research projects with global impact, providing exciting research opportunities for PhD or doctoral candidates.

In partnership with Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), CY Cergy Paris University (CY) and the University of Ljubljana (UL), 18 PhD scholarships are available to enable promising researchers to be jointly supervised to complete their PhD. 10 of the 18 scholarships are for PhD projects with one supervisor at Warwick and another at VUB, CY or UL. Candidates will spend at least 12 months in each institution.

Scholarship details

The scholarships cover payment of tuition fees, provide a stipend, and support reasonable travel and research expenses.

The call guidelines are now available, and the application portal can be accessed here.

Scholarship deadline

The deadline for scholarship applications 28 April 2021 at 13:00 (CEST).

If you have any questions, please contact Mike Haymes ( in International Strategy and Relations.

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