PhD Programme

Fees and Funding

The estimated tuition fee for 2019 entry to our Doctoral Programme is £4,347 for UK/EU full-time students and £2,608 for UK/EU part-time students. The estimated tuition fees for overseas students are £17,900 per year (full-time only).

Fees are for a single year of study, are normally payable at the start of each year of tuition, and are subject to change in further years of study. For information on living costs see the University's cost of living pages.

For information on funding, including University awards, please see the Graduate School pages.

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

You must have applied for the PhD Programme and indicated that you wish to be considered for this scholarship by no later than Thursday 18 January 2019In 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 18 January 2019. However, you will note from the University website that the date for uploading documents for the scholarship is 25 January 2019; this deadline relates to the scholarship application only, not the programme application.

You must have submitted all your application documents by 18 January 2019, if not before. These include your research proposal, two academic references, degree transcripts (undergraduate and masters), and English language test certificate.


ESRC Scholarships
The ESRC have scholarships for applicants to the PhD programme available to Home and EU students only. The deadline to apply for these is 22 January 2019. You must apply directly to the ESRC for these scholarships. Please could you also 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 PhD in Business and Management Programme, and the PhD in Finance and Econometrics Programme, regardless of nationality. 

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 Warwick University. 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 in the drop down area below as they arise.

WBS PhD Studentship Available on ‘The Future of the International Oil Company’ commencing in October 2019

This WBS studentship is linked to a research project on the ‘Geopolitical Economy of Energy System Transformation’ that is being funded by the UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC) as part of a programme of research on UK Energy in Global Context. This is an exciting opportunity to conduct research leading to a PhD in Business and Management at WBS. The project is located within the Strategy and International Business Group and will be supervised by Professor Michael Bradshaw and Professor David Elmes.

In the post-Paris Agreement world, there is growing recognition that the need to decarbonise the global energy system presents an existential threat to the established international oil companies (IOCs). Pressure from environmental NGOs and shareholders is forcing oil companies to consider the impact of climate change mitigation on their future business prospects. The aim of this research studentship is to examine the various responses of the IOCs as they seek strategies to deal with what is being called ‘transition risk.’ The successful candidate will work within a multi-disciplinary research team based at Warwick, Durham and UCL. They will also have an opportunity to attend various UKERC events.

Skills required

A good knowledge in one of the following fields: strategy and international business, economic geography, international political economy. It would also be advantageous if the student had an understanding of the global energy system. The student is expected to have good communication skills, and willingness to participate in a multi-disciplinary research team.

Scholarship details

4 year scholarship covering Home/EU fees plus a stipend of approximately £15,009 per annum subject to confirmation of RCUK rates

Minimum entry requirements

A minimum of an upper second-class honours degree from a British university, or an equivalent from an overseas university; plus a relevant masters degree ideally with a distinction in the dissertation.

Application deadline: 25th July 2019

For informal queries please contact Professor Michael Bradshaw at:

For enquiries on how to apply please contact the Doctoral Programme Office at or +44 (0)24 7652 4754, or start your application online at

Your application must include a supporting research proposal (approximately 2,000 words) about your initial research ideas and how you would approach the topic of the ‘Future of the International Oil Company’. Click here for further information on the supporting documentation to accompany your submission.

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