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School of Business and Management PhD Programme

School of Business and Management

About the Programme

The School of Business and Management, Queen Mary University of London, invites applications for PhD Programme commencing in autumn 2021.

We welcome applications from suitably qualified candidates in the following subject areas: Accounting and Finance, Behavioral Economics, Climate Policy and Environmental Change, Complex Networks and Innovation, Employment Relations, Equality and Diversity, Human Resource Management, Inequality and Poverty, Information Systems and Digital Technologies, Labour Economics, Management and Organization Studies, Marketing, Monetary and Financial Economics, Operations Research, Public Economics and Management, Strategic Management and Leadership, Supply Chain Management, Urban and Regional Development.

The School’s research strategy since its inception has been to sustain and enhance a distinctive research profile and ensure a supportive and intellectually challenging business and management research culture emphasising the interconnected nature of:

1)   The economic, societal and historical contexts,

2) Social justice issues in business and management; and

3) Networks and governance in the private, public and third sectors.

2)    For more information on the School’s research see;

The research proposals submitted by applicants should normally fit at least one of the School’s centres/groups/clusters: 

Centre for Globalisation Research (CGR)

Centre for Research in Equality and Diversity (CRED)

Centre on Labour and Global Production (CLGP)

Accounting & Accountability Research Group (AARG)

Behavioural Finance Working Group (BFWG)

Business Eco-systems Research Group (BERG)

Marketing Interactions & Consumer Behaviour Group (MICBG)

Organisational Processes and Practices Research Group (OPPRG)

Public Management and Regulation Cluster (PMR)

Borderline: Action Research Cluster in Creative and Cultural Economies (BARCCE)

Cluster for African Business, Organisations and Society (CABOS)

Details on research areas and interests can be found at:

Candidates must specify which research group they wish to join and identify potential supervisor(s) on their application form. Candidates are encouraged to discuss their research proposal with a member of academic staff specialising in their research area.

How to apply

To apply you will normally have a first degree with first class honors (or equivalent) and a Master's degree at distinction level, in business/management or a discipline related to your research topic. We do not normally accept an MBA. Relevant experience is also taken into account. Applicants are required to have an IELTS overall score of 7, a minimum score of 6.5 in writing and 5.5 in all other sections (reading, listening and speaking) at the time of application. 

Our PhD Programme is highly competitive, all applicants will be judged according to the same criteria, namely: record of academic and/or professional achievement; quality of their research proposal and compatibility with the programme.

Queen Mary University of London is committed to the provision of equality of opportunity for all its students and staff. We welcome applications from all suitably qualified candidates regardless of their race and ethnicity, sex, parental status, disability, religion/belief, sexual orientation and gender identity, or age.

Further Details and Application Process

Candidates are encouraged to discuss their research proposal with a member of academic staff specialising in their research area. Details of academic staff and their research interests can be found on the School website

For further details and how to apply please visit:

General enquiries should be addressed to the School of Business and Management PhD Administrator, Saima Ahmed ().

Funding Notes

The PhD opportunities on this programme do not have funding attached. You will need to have your own means of paying fees and living costs and / or seek separate funding from student finance, charities or trusts.

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