How to apply

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

The application fee is £75*.


*The application fee will only be applicable from July/2019 (applicants starting the PhD Programme in 2020).


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 with essays (online)

  • 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).


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 January.




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.



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