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Our requirements

Graduate achievement We will normally require a masters degree but will consider applications of candidates with an undergraduate degree equivalent to a 2:1 honours degree at a UK university, provided they can demonstrate exceptional personal achievements relevant to their research proposal.
Professional experience We would expect candidates to have substantial experience in leadership positions (normally in the region of 20 years' experience) and to provide evidence that they have led major initiatives in their organisations.
English proficiency English as your native language
IELTS - an overall band score of 7.5, with not less than 7.0 in each element
TOEFL - 110 on the Internet-based test with no less than 25 in each element

Additional materials

Candidates will be asked to submit the following supporting documents with their application:

  • Academic transcripts for all degree-level education
  • Two academic references
  • Evidence of language competency (where applicable)
  • CV
  • Brief statement on your reasons for applying (approximately 1,000 words)
  • Outline research proposal (up to 2,000 words) addressing the following specific questions:

    • What are the wider business or societal challenges and the specific research questions you wish to address with your doctoral research?
    • Why and how would answers to these research questions lead to progress in business or society?
    • What is already known about your research questions? (provide an outline literature review, using sources such as Google Scholar, with an explicit link to the academic business and management literature)
    • How do you intend to leverage your professional experience in answering your research questions?
    • Which data will be available to you (archival data or interviews) or may be generated by you (e.g. through field experiments) and why do you expect the data to shed light on these questions?

  • Sample of work: Please provide a sample of your writing outside your immediate executive function, for example a reflective publication in an industry journal, an independent review, or a chapter of a book.
  • If you are in employment, a letter from your employer giving explicit consent that you may undertake the program and proposed research, and indicating how much time you will have available for the dissertation work in years two to four.

Applications closed

Admissions for entry in 2018/19 have now closed.

Applications for entry in 2019/20 open on 4 September 2018, with a deadline of 26 April 2019.


Fees for entry in 2019/20 are £80,000 for the first year and £50,000 for each of years two to four.

The BusD programme is not eligible for University or research funding. Students are expected to self-fund their studies.