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To educate outstanding scholars who will be sought after at leading business schools, universities and other research institutions.
Research-oriented business schools offer some of the most exciting and well-resourced environments in which to conduct interdisciplinary social science.
Our PhD programme leverages the School’s acclaimed research faculty, provides generous funding and infrastructural support.
Central to our overall research activity is a commitment to inspire and train the next generation of business scholars.
We fully support our PhD students’ endeavours. Working closely with faculty, students produce cutting edge research that spans a broad range of disciplines and topics. Through rigorous coursework and supervised and joint research, you will be equipped to work and thrive at the frontiers of knowledge in your chosen subject.
Your time at London Business School will be seriously busy, filled with intellectual challenge in a collaborative environment. With faculty and fellow students, you will sharpen your critical faculties, exchange ideas and methods, and learn to think like a scholar.
Quality of thought is a public good at London Business School. Improvements in your thinking process generate positive consequences for the entire community of students and faculty.
You will be expected to work hard but, rest assured, your efforts will bring the highest payoff.
Each year our graduates move on to intellectually rewarding careers in major business schools and research institutions around the world.
The new knowledge our PhD students create makes a profound impact on the thoughts and actions of business leaders and policy makers.
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Our full-time PhD students receive thorough and sophisticated training in the latest research methods, equipping them for productive academic careers.
Students are required to take a range of courses. These include Programme Core Courses, Specialised Courses and Elective Courses. Specialised Courses are compulsory for the for the admitted subject area. Elective courses are chosen from the Specialised Courses in other subject areas.
You will also have the option to take elective courses in London School of Economics (LSE) and University College of London (UCL).
After a successful defence of your research proposal you will progress your own thesis – an original contribution to your chosen specialisation. Then, having successfully defended your thesis, and following the completion of any required amendments, you are awarded a London Business School PhD degree.
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The preferred deadline for applications is December 8, but we will consider applicants until December 20 for entry into the programme in September of the following year.
You need an undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline, with a final grade in the top 10% of your graduating class. Most incoming students also hold a Masters degree.
You must submit a Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) score that is no more than five years old. You are unlikely to gain admission with a GMAT score below 690. GRE quantitative and analytical scores should be above the 90th percentile.
You need to give details of two referees. They should be faculty members who know your work well and can judge your research potential - for example, previous supervisors or academic tutors.
Essays form an important part of your application. Make sure you spend a significant amount of time on them. You can also attach a CV up to two pages long.
You must submit all application forms and accompanying documents by 8 December for entry into the programme in September of the following year
The application fee is £75
Short-listed applicants will be invited to an interview in February or March to meet faculty and to see the School’s facilities. It is sometimes possible for candidates who are unable to travel to London to be interviewed by telephone.
Regrettably, due to the large number of applications received each year, it is not possible to arrange meetings with members of faculty prior to an interview.
Unless you are an English speaker or have a degree from a university in an English-speaking country, (where the language of instruction was English) according to UK Visa and Immigration policy guidance you must submit evidence of proficiency in English. Please click here to verify if you meet the requirements. You should have scored at least 600 (paper-based), 250 (computer-based) or 100 (Internet-based) on the TOEFL to be considered for the PhD programme.
Other recognised English language tests (IELTS, Cambridge) are also accepted. A valid test report (less than two years old) must be submitted to the Programme Office.
London Business School institution code for TOEFL is 0898
Some subject areas state which test they would prefer applicants to take:
GMAT and GRE are administered by independent agencies. The tests measure verbal, quantitative and analytical skills and provide an indication of the ability for clear and systematic thought. One of these tests is required from each applicant and the requirement cannot be waived.
London Business School GMAT code is Z11-J7-75
London Business School GRE code is 3491
Some students are expected to attend a four week maths refresher or pre-programme course in September (depending on the subject area). All students will be required to attend a 3-day orientation in the first month of the programme, 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.
All students offered a place on the PhD programme receive full funding, which includes a tuition fee waiver and a stipend guaranteed for five years.
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.
Most students complete the Programme within five/six years.
The academic year starts in October. The year is divided into three terms (AUT, SPR and SUM), lasting 10 weeks each. Some new students may also need to attend a pre-sessional course in September.
All students must work as teaching or research assistants for 20 days (160 hours) a year in years 2, 3 and 4 of the programme. At least 10 days (80 hours) should be of teaching assistance (and the other 10 days could be research assistance, depending on each subject area’s preference). This is seen as a valuable part of your training.
The Programme is run on a full-time basis only and students are expected to live in London.
A tuition fee waiver is included in the scholarship, and no additional fees are charged.
Your application needs to reach us by 8th December. 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 November.
We do not offer transfers. You may be admitted to the programme from year one and apply for exemption from courses already taken. In such cases students will be required to pass a waiver examination. No more than three course waivers are permitted.
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.
Some students are expected to attend a four-week maths refresher or pre-programme course in September (depending on the subject area). All students will be required to attend a 3-day orientation in the first month of the programme, 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.
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