PhD Programme

Fees and Funding


The estimated tuition fee for 2020 entry to our Doctoral Programme is £4,425* for UK/EU full-time students and £2,655 for UK/EU part-time students. The estimated tuition fees for overseas students are £18,800 per year (full-time only). 

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.

*Home/EU PGR tuition fees for 2020-21 onwards are subject to RCUK funding rate changes and are therefore not yet confirmed. Fees are expected to increase, and the inflation rates applied by RCUK is generally expected to be in line with RPI. 

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 11 January 2020. 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 11 January 2020

You must have submitted all your application documents by 11 January 2020, if not before. These include your research proposal, two academic references, degree transcripts (undergraduate and masters), English language test certificate and GRE/GMAT score and certificate if applying to the PhD in Finance and Econometrics. 


ESRC Scholarships

The ESRC have scholarships for PhD programme applicants, which are available to UK and EU students only. The deadline to apply for these is 22 January 2020. 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 PhD in Business and Management Programme, and the PhD in Finance and Econometrics Programme, regardless of nationalityDeadlines 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 studentship in International Business

Commencing in October 2020

This WBS studentship 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 Nigel Driffield.

The theme of this project is to explore the links between inward investment and economic development. It is aimed at understanding how multinational companies’ investment motivations, entry strategies and subsequent strategic activity translate into economic progress in countries that receive their investment.

The traditional literature takes one of two approaches, either the literature on spillovers from FDI (typically in the west) or the extent to which inward investment can contribute to poverty reduction in developing countries. This project will seek to advance either one or both of these debates, seeking to define a clearer link between what motivates firms to undertake foreign investment, how regions can establish their value proposition to those firms, including understanding the policy trade-offs between attracting inward investment, generating productivity and creating jobs.

Skills required

A good knowledge of the FDI literature, either from an international economics, or quantitative international business literature would be an advantage. Applicants are expected to have strong quants skills, but also be comfortable working with policy makers.

Scholarship details

4 year scholarship covering Home/EU fees plus a stipend of approximately £15,250 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: 5 April 2020

For informal queries please contact Professor Nigel Driffield 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 this research project. Click here for further information on the supporting documentation to accompany your submission.

WBS PhD studentship in Innovation in Healthcare

Commencing in October 2020

Applications are invited for a 4 year PhD studentship based at Warwick Business School, to study Innovation in Healthcare.

The PhD studentship is linked to a National Institute of Healthcare Research (NIHR) funded five year initiative (2019-2024), Applied Research Collaboration (ARC) West Midlands. Warwick Business School is part of the collaboration, which consists of Medical Schools in the Universities of Birmingham and Keele, and a wide range of NHS and social care providers and commissioners in the West Midlands, the latter representing empirical sites for research. ARC West Midlands is one of several ARCs funded nationally, intended to accelerate the translation of clinical evidence into frontline care in connection with long-term conditions.

The cross-cutting research programme within NIHR ARC with which the studentship is connected, is led by Professor Graeme Currie, titled, ‘Organisational Science’; Professor Currie is also the Implementation Lead for the wider ARC West Midlands initiative. The Organisational Science theme works with and supports clinical academics, clinical practitioners and NHS and social care managers in translating clinical evidence into practice across the West Midlands in four substantive service domains: Long Term Conditions (led by Birmingham ); Acute Care Interfaces (led by Birmingham); Integrated Care in Youth Mental Health (led by Warwick) and Maternity (led by Birmingham).

Applications for the PhD studentship are invited, focusing upon organisation and management issues associated with translating evidence into frontline practice, and which might support healthcare innovation in these domains. Indicatively, PhD students might focus upon: diffusion of innovation; innovation leadership; implementation science; patient and public involvement; behavioural science; (lean) re-engineering of healthcare services; entrepreneurship and innovation; strategic change.

Scholarship details

4 year scholarship covering Home/EU fees plus a stipend of approximately £15,300 per annum for 4 years (subject to confirmation of 2020/21 rates, will rise with inflation each year).

Minimum entry requirements

Applicants should have 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.

If you have a generalist Masters degree, such as an MBA, or a Masters in a subject other than the one you plan to research, you will need to demonstrate specialist academic knowledge. For example through your Masters dissertation or, in exceptional cases, prior experience.

Application details

Applicants are invited to set out a short proposal (2 pages) for research that aligns with ARC mission and activities, which should encompass: location of study in a cognate area of business school research; framed by relevant literature; outline of proposed research design; its potential practical and theoretical contribution.  Please email your proposal, together with a covering letter and your CV (naming 2 academic referees), to:

Application deadline: 27 January 2020 (by midday). Interviews will take place on 5 March 2020.

Please note that applications and any supporting documents will be sent to all members of the interview panel.  Applications and supporting documents will not be used for any other purpose and will be deleted after the recruitment process has completed

Further Information Further information on the Warwick Business School’s PhD programme can be found here: Interested applicants might address any enquiries to Professor Graeme Currie in the first instance

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