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PhD (School of Management)



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Entry requirements

All candidates must meet one of the following conditions:

  1. A good honours UK Bachelor's degree (a first or upper second class honours) or equivalent qualifications
  2. A Master’s degree in Management or related subjects with average marks of 60% or equivalent
  3. A professional qualification of degree standard obtained by examination

English language requirements

All candidates whose first language is not English must meet one of our English Language requirements specified below:

  1. IELTS: a minimum score of 6.5 with no sub-test less than 6.5.
  2. TOEFL Internet based test: an overall test result of 94 (minimum scores apply for each subtest)

Please note the English test score only has a fixed two-year validity period. If you don’t have a current English test score, please indicate the date that you will be taking the English test in your application.

If you do not meet the IELTS requirement, and you have a UKVI approved IELTS, you can take a University of Bradford pre-sessional English course. See the Language Centre for more details. For further information on English Language requirements please see the dedicated international entry requirements page.

Learning and assessment

Training Modules consist of:

  • lectures
  • discussion
  • group exercises
  • class projects
  • other online (WRDTP) and face-to-face delivery modes

Assessment strategies include individual papers, individual projects and reflective essays.

The development of the doctoral thesis will be guided by two supervisors and the assessment includes Viva Voce.

Study support

The School supports PhD students in a variety of ways. Most importantly, student support is via one-to-one guidance.

The Effective Learning Service is a dedicated facility within the Faculty of Management and Law, supporting our students to maximise their academic learning as well as help overseas students adapt quickly to UK education requirements.


Research-active staff undertake world-leading research that addresses management and organisational issues.

The School has a strong track record and capacity in publishing high-quality and impactful research outputs in internationally-reputable peer-reviewed journals. This led to our School's strong submission to and performance in REF2021, where we achieved:

  • 100% of our research environments rated as conducive to producing research of World Leading (4*) and Internationally Excellent (3*) quality and enabling outstanding (4*) and very considerable (3*) impact, in terms of its vitality and sustainability.
  • 83% of the impacts submitted were rated as Outstanding (4*) and Very Considerable (3*) impact in their reach and significance.
  • 75% of the research outputs (journal publications) were rated as World Leading (4*) and Internationally Excellent (3*) in originality, significance, and rigour.
  • 81% of the overall quality profile was rated as World Leading (4*) and Internationally Excellent (3*) in originality, significance, and rigour.

We promote interdisciplinary research, and we work together in themed research areas, collaborating with colleagues around the world. Currently, we have three academic departments:

Find out more on our research website.

This is the current course information. Modules and course details may change, subject to the University's programme approval, monitoring and review procedures. The University reserves the right to alter or withdraw courses, services and facilities as described on our website without notice and to amend Ordinances, Regulations, fees and charges at any time. Students should enquire as to the up-to-date position when applying for their course of study.