PhD students pursue their studies in the Organisations & Innovation group (O&I), the Strategy & Entrepreneurship group (S&E), or the Analytics & Operations group (A&O). All three groups offer a unique education and research experience to a small number of highly motivated students, with the intent of preparing them for scholarly careers at the highest level.
PhD studies in Organisations and Innovation
O&I faculty research focuses on understanding individual and team outcomes within organizations. Across the different research interests of individual faculty, there is a shared interest in creativity, innovation, and the social psychology of competition and cooperation. Doctoral training involves close collaboration between each doctoral student and faculty members on shared research interests, coursework at UCL and other leading research organizational behavior departments, and independent research activities. In the O&I group, we have built a collaborative community of research faculty and doctoral students. We also have a lively program of research speakers from other institutions, and links with researchers worldwide.
PhD studies in Strategy and Entrepreneurship
S&E faculty research focuses on understanding what makes firms successful and what leads to new business formation. Our faculty share an interest in strategic management, entrepreneurship, and innovation. Doctoral training involves close collaboration between the doctoral student and faculty members on shared research interests, coursework at UCL and other institutions, and independent research. Doctoral students also benefit from the S&E group’s collaborative research community, lively program of research speakers from other institutions, and links with researchers worldwide.
PhD studies in Analytics and Operations
A&O faculty research focuses on understanding how companies actually do things for value creation and value capture. Across the different research themes, there is a shared interest in management science, operations management, business analytics, and marketing science. As part of their doctoral training, students take a set of quantitative and analytical methods courses from within and outside the School. Students start working on a research topic jointly decided with their supervisor during their first year, and continue receiving close research mentorship throughout their doctoral studies. O&A doctoral students frequently attend and present their research in leading academic conferences worldwide and they also benefit from regular seminars by leading scholars in the field.
The course structure comprises:
- The programme typically consists of four or five years of full-time study, starting with one year of courses registered as MRes. These courses are typically advanced postgraduate courses to provide rigorous methodological training to prepare students for their PhD research. Along with the School’s courses, students typically take some of these from other UCL departments (e.g., Economics, Psychology), the London School of Economics and London Business School.
- In addition to methods courses, students also undertake a first year research project under the tutoring and supervision of a faculty member later in the MRes year (Term 3 + Summer period).
- Progression from MRes to MPhil/PhD is not automatic. At the end of the first year (MRes year), students are evaluated by the School’s committee. Evaluation is based on students’ performance in: (i) taught courses, and (ii) first year research project. Students who demonstrate a satisfactory performance in these two elements will be invited to progress to MPhil/PhD programme.
- Our highly selective and small-sized PhD programme ensures that each student receives personal attention and guidance from our faculty members throughout their doctoral study. The close mentorship process forms the foundations of a successful academic career.
- Students are expected to address three substantive research questions under a coherent theme in their PhD thesis. Each of the three studies(papers) are then adapted to form an integral thesis. These papers should ultimately be published in top scientific and management journals.
- We expect our PhD graduates to have as their goal an academic career as a faculty member in a top business school or engineering department of a world-class university
- PhD applications are reviewed once a completed application form has been submitted via Prism.
Why choose us
What our students say:
‘I was drawn to the UCL School of Management PhD programme at UCL by the prestigious academic staff and their broad range of disciplines. Their academic training at top institutions from around the globe convinced me that the environment at the UCL of School Management would provide me with an intense multilateral research experience. Furthermore, having been interviewed by members of the academic staff, I immediately felt stimulated by their energetic drive. They have a passion for exploring the vast landscape of the management science discipline and are determined to produce top-notch researchers to contribute to this ever-growing academic field.’
‘My main reason for choosing UCL was my desire to work with professors of the highest calibre. After one year here I have to say I am more than happy about my decision. My first year was really exciting and challenging and the conditions for conducting research are ideal. The programme has met my high expectations and proved that the UCL School of Management is one of the top Management Schools in the UK.’
‘The UCL School of Management PhD programme is designed to provide students with skills that lead to academic excellence. Candidates are part of a dynamic and vibrant group and benefit from the programme’s flexibility, as they can choose from a wide range of disciplines. The frequent cooperation with world-leading faculty members enhances our knowledge and skills and ultimately leads to high quality research output, laying the foundations for a subsequent successful academic career.’
Applying for our MRes/PhD Programme
Entry requirements and admissions criteria:
We seek to recruit highly motivated, ambitious students with strong educational backgrounds. The ideal candidate will have a first class Bachelor’s degree from the UK or an overseas qualification of equivalent standard from a leading university. We encourage students from a wide variety of backgrounds (e.g, engineering, economics, business, mathematics/statistics, psychology, sociology, among others) to apply to our programme. Also, notice that a Master’s or graduate level degree is not required for admission, you can apply with only an undergraduate (e.g. bachelors) degree.
Applicants are encouraged NOT to contact individual faculty members or potential supervisors when applying to our programme. All applications are first evaluated by a joint admissions committee, so contacting potential supervisors separately will not increase your chances. It is only in your personal statement that you are expected to suggest several faculty members as potential supervisors. But again, these faculty members need not be contacted beforehand.
All MRes/PhD applicants are normally required to take either a GMAT test or GRE test (UCL’s institution code is 3344, but also make sure you include a scanned copy of your test result on your Prism application), although the School has no minimum score requirements.
We also require you to submit IELTS or TOEFL scores if English is not your first language. Our School requires a “Good” English level which corresponds to:
IELTS: Overall grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each of the sub-tests.
TOEFL: Score of 92, plus 24/30 in the reading and writing sub-tests and 20/30 in the listening and speaking sub-tests. Please check TOEFL details here.
Students’ are encouraged to apply by the 15th January 2017, though applications may continue to be accepted after this date.
Apply via UCL Postgraduate Admissions System Prism. In addition to filling out the online application form, please upload a copy of the following documents:
- Official Transcripts of Grades / Course marks
- 2-3 page personal statement or research proposal* that clearly indicates: (i) which research group you are interested in (i.e.,1.Organisations & Innovation, 2. Strategy & Entrepreneurship, or 3. Analytics & Operations), (ii) your research interests and preliminary research ideas, (iii) potential faculty member(s) you may want to work with (this is a suggested list, you don’t need to contact potential supervisors beforehand), and (iv) your motivation to do a PhD.
- Your GRE/GMAT score report**
- Your IELTS/TOEFL score report, if English is not your first language.
* While submission of a full research proposal is not required, you can send us one if you have already written it up.
** You can submit your application even if you don’t have a GRE/GMAT score yet—simply indicate when you plan to take the test.
We offer fully funded four/five year MRes/PhD scholarships in the UCL School of Management to a significant number of admitted students.
The scholarship is open to all nationalities and covers all tuition fees, and includes an annual stipend of £16, 296 - £18,500 which is tax free. There is no deadline for applying for a scholarship; all successful applicants will be automatically considered.
Further Information and Contact Details
The full-time MRes/PhD programme runs from September each academic year. Entrance is therefore every September. While we may accept applications until 31st May each year, we encourage candidates to apply as early as possible. Our programme is very selective and we only admit a limited number of students, so applying early may increase your chances.
For queries about the MRes/PhD Programme that are not addressed on our web pages, please contact the MRes/PhD Administrator, Susan Moffat firstname.lastname@example.org
Frequently Asked Questions about the UCL School of Management MRes/PhD Programme
TOEFL: Score of 100, plus 24/30 in the reading and writing, and 20/30 in the listening and speaking subtests.
IELTS: Overall grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each of the subtests.
If you have any other questions regarding the programme that are not addressed on our web pages please email the programme administrator Laura Styles - email@example.com