MRes/PhD Business & Management


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Applications for this course are open.

How to apply

  • Check you meet our eligibility criteria
  • Submit your application online including your personal statement. To apply for the MRes/PhD Business & Management programme please choose TIBS-N1QY. For guidance on what to include in your personal statement click here.
  • Upload your supporting documentation with your application. Your application documents should include two academic references, your degree transcripts/certificates (undergraduate and masters), and an English language test certificate which will be required unless you have been working or studying in the UK or in a majority English speaking country within 2 years of the proposed start date of your doctoral degree.

Please note that our programme begins in October. We do not have variable start dates.


Candidates who are shortlisted will be asked to write a short paper before the admission interview (max 3000 words). The paper should provide a critical review of the academic area or topic they are currently interested in and/or have researched in the past. This can be the subject of their Master’s or UG dissertation, a topic they are passionate about, or an area of academic research in business and management that they find particularly interesting. Candidates should consider thinking of this requirement well in advance as they will be given only a short time to prepare the paper if they are shortlisted.

Application deadlines

  • 31 January 2022 – We encourage applicants to apply early as evaluation of applications will begin in mid-January 2022 and places on the course are limited. We anticipate all offers will be made by the end of January, late applications may be considered for truly exceptional candidates.

Studying for your doctorate elsewhere? 

If you wish to come to WBS as a Visiting Student, you must follow the same online application procedure as for full-time applications, though the start date is more flexible. You will be charged 50% of the full-time fees if your attachment to WBS is longer than ten weeks.

Preparing for your interview

  • Make sure you clearly explain how your experience has prepared you for an MRes/PhD and why you applied to the programme.
  • Be prepared to talk about your research interests.
  • Think about your motivation for pursuing an MRes/PhD: show your commitment to the project and think about how a PhD will help you achieve your career goals.
  • Come to the interview prepared with some questions for the interviewer, the interview is as much as about you finding out more about the university, as it is about them finding out more about you.
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