PhD Programme


Please read the University of Warwick's prospective student update on Covid-19. You can also find specific information for prospective researchers from the Doctoral College here. We recommend you contact our PhD Admissions team if you have any specific questions.

Before you apply, please read all the information below, including the 'Writing your proposal' section. Applications for October 2021 entry will open shortly. 

How to apply

  • Check you meet our eligibility criteria
  • Draft your research proposal
  • Contact the most appropriate prospective supervisor(s) to discuss your draft proposal
  • Submit your application online, mentioning your proposed supervisor, and uploading your research proposal. To apply for PhD Finance and Econometrics please choose P-N3P3 Finance and Econometrics. To apply for the Business and Management programme please choose P-N1Q6 WBS Doctoral Programme. To apply for the Business and Management part-time variant please choose P-N1Q6P WBS Doctoral Programme
  • Upload your supporting documentation with your application (see below for required documentation). 

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

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.

Writing your proposal

For more information on writing your proposal, and submitting supporting documentation to WBS, please click here

Application deadlines

Please be aware the below application deadlines are for 2020 entry, the new application deadlines for 2021 entry will be updated shortly.

  • 11 January 2020 – You are strongly advised to apply by this date (along with all supporting documentation) if you are an overseas applicant and need funding and wish to apply for all available Scholarships (including the Chancellor's Scholarship). 

  • 22 January 2020 - Apply (along with all supporting documentation) by this date if you wish to be considered for an ESRC Scholarship. 

  • 28 February 2020 – Apply (along will all supporting documentation) by this date if you wish to be considered for a WBS Scholarship for the PhD in Finance and Econometrics. This is also the final deadline for those applying to the PhD in Finance and Econometrics to start in October 2020. 

  • 5 April 2020 – Apply (along with all supporting documentation) by this date if you wish to be considered for the second round of WBS Scholarship awards and wish to start the PhD in Business and Management in October 2020.

  • 30 June 2020 - Apply to the PhD in Business and Management (along with all supporting documentation) by this date if you do not need funding. This is the last date we can accept applications for the PhD Business and Management for the October 2020 intake. 

You must ensure that you indicate all of the scholarships that you wish to be considered for in your application, and that you have submitted all supporting documentation by the deadlines above to be considered. If you require a visa, we advise that you apply no less than a month before the deadline.


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