Programme overview

Our PhD students receive thorough and sophisticated training in the latest research methods, equipping them for productive academic careers. Their training consists of two parts: course work to give students a grasp of research skills and the existing body of research knowledge in their field, and a closely supervised thesis.

The PhD programme only runs on a full-time basis.


Research areas


Students work within one of the following seven subject areas:



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 subject area to which the student has been admitted. Elective courses are chosen from the Specialised Courses in other subject areas.


Students also have the option to take elective courses in London School of Economics (LSE) and University College of London (UCL).




After a successful transfer from MPhil to PhD, students have 18 months to complete a thesis – an original contribution to their chosen specialisation. Having successfully defended their thesis, and following the completion of any required amendments, they are awarded a London Business School PhD degree.

Time frame


Students typically complete the PhD programme within five years. 

Key date for admissions

  • Applications are due by 8th December 2019