Management at Royal Holloway, University of London - UCAS

Course summary

The programme involves a period of sustained in-depth study of a specific topic and aims to: provide the opportunity to enhance the student’s knowledge of the broad area and to study the theoretical foundations and specific techniques of the subject, ensure the student uncovers and critically examines background literature on the topic, provide the student with the stimulus required to develop originality and creativity in the research, give the student the opportunity to develop skills in making and testing hypotheses or research questions, in developing new theory, and in planning and conducting investigations to discover new insights and provide, through critical scrutiny of written work and oral presentations, an opportunity for the student to develop skills in writing and presenting the results of the research in learned journals and monographs.


All doctoral candidates are automatically registered as MPhil students during their first year: they are expected to produce a detailed literature review and formal research design to a good standard before they can upgrade to PhD status. Full-time students will be working on these aspects in Year 1 with a view to upgrading in Year 2. For full-time students, the second and third years are normally spent collecting data, conducting field research, analysing results and writing up. The PhD thesis is usually submitted at the end of the third year.

Assessment method

First year students complete assessments at the end of their compulsory research methods training. As well as regular meetings with their Principal and Second Supervisors, all students attend semi-annual review meetings with PhD Directors, Principal and Second Supervisors throughout the three years of their registration. At these meetings, progress is discussed and advice for further work given. At the beginning of the summer term, all students present their research at the School’s annual PhD days, attended by doctoral students, members of staff and external advisers. Students are given extensive feedback on their work to date. The PhD thesis is judged by internal and external examiners appointed by the College. The candidate is then invited to defend his/her thesis before these examiners.

Entry requirements

UK Upper Second Class Honours degree (2.1) or equivalent and a master’s degree with Merit. English language requirements IELTS 6.5 overall with 6.5 in writing no less than 6 in all other sub scores. Applicants must also submit a high quality research proposal and personal statement. We advise applicants to contact the department first to see if a relevant supervisor would be prepared to supervise their research. Applicants who do not have the required level of understanding of management research and its methodologies, and applicants who do not have a masters degree, should note that most of the masters degrees offered by the School of Management have specialist research pathways which seek to develop such understanding within the context of a specific area of study.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £22300 Year 1
International £22300 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.

Sponsorship information

Approximately 5 scholarships available each year.

Management at Royal Holloway, University of London - UCAS