How to apply

You must submit all application forms and accompanying documents by 8 December for entry into the programme in September of the next year.

The application fee is £75.

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.

Submission requirements


  • A completed application form (online)

  • Submit essay questions (online).
    Essay questions
    Instructions:Please complete both essay questions beginning your answer below each question.

    Question 1 (1500 words max) Please outline why you wish to undertake a PhD at London Business School. Please include why you wish to do a PhD, what your longer term career plans are and any special reasons for applying to London Business School specifically.

    Question 2 (1500 words max) Please describe in as much detail as you are able at this stage the form you think your research might take; which members of faculty you feel could provide appropriate supervision (this is for information only: we cannot guarantee a particular supervisor, nor would your answer constrain your choice of supervisor once PhD Programme Application admitted). Please also give details of any publications and outline what research or allied experience you have. (You are not expected to provide a detailed proposal, as you will be exposed to a variety of different research issues during the early stages of the Programme).

  • Two academic reference letters (online)

  • Original GMAT or GRE score report (online)

  • Transcript or certified copy of university grades from all past degrees (online)

  • Valid, original Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or Cambridge score report (if required).

  • Application fee £75


An application will not be considered until all of the above items have been received. All items should arrive at the PhD programme Office by 8 December.




Short-listed applicants will be invited to an interview between January - 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. To be valid the test report needs to be less than two years old at the time of the application.



Some subject areas state which test they would prefer applicants to take:

  • GRE – Economics, Management Science and Operations

  • GMAT – Accounting, Marketing

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.


For more information on GMAT, visit: and GRE at


To be valid the GRE/ GMAT test report cannot be more than five years old at the time of the application.