Do I need to make contact with faculty members before I submit an application?
No, you do not need to contact faculty members before you make an application. Decisions on supervisors are only made after the first year in the programme, so you will have plenty of time to get to know faculty. We do encourage you to read the faculty profiles on our website to see if faculty at LBS have research interests relevant to what you wish to do.
How long does it take to complete the PhD programme?
Almost all students complete the Programme within five years.
Is there an induction programme at the start of the academic year?
You'll attend a 3-day orientation in September, giving you the chance to meet faculty, your first year supervisor and other PhD students. You'll also receive training and induction in London Business School's facilities and services.
When does the academic year start?
The academic year starts in October. The year is divided into three terms, lasting 10 weeks each. Some new students may also need to attend a presessional course in September.
I understand I have to provide teaching assistance and/or research assistance. How much should I expect to do?
All students must work as teaching or research assistants up to forty days a year. This is seen as a valuable part of your training.
Can I do the programme on a part-time basis or through distance learning?
The Programme is run on a full-time basis only and students are expected to live in London.
Are there fees for the PhD programme?
As long as you complete in four years, no fees are payable. After that period, there is a nominal continuation fee. In year five, students can apply for a remission of the continuation fee, but if you don't complete the continuation fee will be doubled in years six and seven.
What is the deadline for applications?
Your application needs to reach us by 8th January. Make sure you have allowed enough time for your GMAT and/or other scores to be processed. We suggest you take any tests (and request for the results to be sent to us) before 15th December.
I have done the first two years of my PhD but now need to relocate. Is it possible to transfer to London Business School?
We do not offer transfers. You may be admitted to the programme from year one and apply for exemption from courses already taken.
I have a Masters from LSE. Do I still need to submit a GMAT or a GRE score?
Yes, you must. We expect all applicants to submit a GRE or GMAT score before their application can be considered. Your score is valid for up to five years.