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PhD Programme

"A commitment to training the next generation of business scholars is central to London Business School's research activities."
- Programme Chair, Professor Jean-Pierre Benoît

Our full-time, four-year PhD programme gives you access to world-class teaching and faculty at the forefront of cutting-edge research. If your ambition is to excel in academia, a PhD at London Business School is the ideal first step.

Why choose this programme?

We are one of the world's best business schools and offer a truly international perspective, with all the benefits of a unique London location.

Our PhD programme produces outstanding scholars who go on to work in top universities, business schools and research institutions around the world.

All students are fully funded on admission to the Programme. This includes a tuition fee waiver and generous stipend.

Research concentrations

PhD students belong to one the following research concentrations:

  • Accounting
  • Economics
  • Finance
  • Management Science and Operations
  • Marketing
  • Organisational Behaviour
  • Strategy and Entrepreneurship.

We encourage interaction within and across the subject areas, providing a rich environment for innovative, collaborative and multi-disciplinary research.


London Business School alumni go on to teach and do research in the world's leading business schools.

Felipe Monteiro, Brazil
PhD2002, now Assistant Professor, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

"My time on the PhD programme at London Business School was one of the most exciting, demanding and rewarding periods of my life. As much as I thought I knew what pursuing a PhD entailed, it was only after I started the programme that I really understood the challenges and possibilities you are offered in a top-notch research school like London Business School.

"In the Strategy Department, I was surrounded by outstanding faculty and very bright fellow PhD students who were constantly (and scholarly) challenging the soundness of my ideas, theories and methods. At the same time, they were always there to provide me with extremely useful feedback and advice.

"On top of the support at the departmental level, the resources available at London Business School for conducting research are on a par with the very best research schools in the US. For instance, I never had any difficulties in obtaining research funds to collect data (even overseas) or to present at conferences. In addition, London Business School is very well connected with the business community which is fundamental to researchers conducting field studies."

    Key details

    4 years
    Next start:
    01 October 2015

    Upcoming recruitment events

    London Business School will be present at the following recruitment events in October:

    28/10/2014 - FindaPhD Live 2014 (Oxford, UK)

    Details of the event can be found here

    Register for this event here

    ESRC Doctoral Training Centre


    The PhD Programme at London Business School has been accredited as a Doctoral Training Centre by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)

    The PhD Programme welcomes PhD students from other ESRC accredited Doctoral Training Centres to join our courses, details of the courses available can be found on the NCRM Training and Events website.

    Transatlantic Conference

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    For more information, contact:

    Vaishali Jagjivan
    PhD Programme Administrator
    Research and Faculty Office
    Tel: +44 (0)20 7000 8968
    Fax: +44 (0)20 7000 8951

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