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Oxford DPhil Programme in Management Studies

Oxford DPhil Programme in Management Studies

Application requirements

Academic requirements

Financial Economics pathway

You should have at least a 2.1/3.5 GPA or equivalent in an undergraduate degree.

Management Research pathway

For this pathway the most successful applicants typically have a distinction in a Master’s level degree in addition to their undergraduate studies.

As evidence, you must upload all your University degrees academic transcripts/mark-sheets to the online application form. These must outline the subjects studied or grades obtained from each academic year. If invited to an interview or you are made an offer to join the programme, you will have to provide official copies of your transcripts. 

GMAT or GRE test

We look for a high level of quantitative and analytical skills evidenced in the GMAT or GRE results. Contact GMAC/ETS directly to arrange to take the test.

Bear in mind:

  • We recommend that both quantitative and verbal scores are in the 80th percentile.
  • All sections of the GMAT/GRE must be taken in order to be considered valid.
  • Official scores must be accessible by our admissions department for your application to be considered complete. For GMAC to release your official scores to the Saïd Business School, please give your test centre this code: Q0G-4B-45. For your official GRE scores to be released, please give your test taking centre this code: 0807.
  • GMAT/GRE scores are not valid if they are older than five years on the application deadline date.
English test

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Test Scheme (IELTS) must be taken, and all minimum scores met if you are not from a majority English speaking country, as defined by the UK Visas and Immigration Office, below:*

* List of majority English speaking countries as defined by UK Visas and Immigration

Australia, New Zealand, USA, Canada, UK, Ireland, Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Jamaica, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, Belize, Guyana.

Waivers for the English language test


Successfully completed a full-time degree-level course of a minimum of nine months, at a recognised institution, where the medium of instruction and assessment was entirely in English.

Evidence must be provided by either:

  • Uploading to the application form transcripts from your institution, which clearly indicates that the medium of instruction throughout your course was English OR
  • Uploading to the application form an official letter from your institution stating that the medium of instruction throughout your course was English.


Successfully completed a degree in a majority English speaking country as defined by UK Visas and Immigration (listed above*).

As evidence, we will review the transcripts you upload to the application form.

Minimum requirements

Minimum score 110 7.5
Minimum required on each component:   7.0
Listening 22  
Reading 24  
Writing 24  
Speaking 25  

Further information about TOEFL and IELTS

The institution code for ordering your official TOEFL score sheet from ETS is 0807. There is no department code: this can be left blank.

If you choose to take the IELTS you need to sit the academic test. If you sit the TOEFL it must be the general test.

TOEFL and IELTS scores will not be valid if they are more than two years old on the application deadline date of the stage in which you are applying. Exchange programmes/ distance learning/ online courses cannot be considered for the waiver.

Please note that we reserve the right to request a test of English to be taken at any time.


Three academic references must be submitted via the online application form.

If you are in the process of completing a degree programme, one reference should be from your current institution.

Once referee details are input onto the application form, your referee will receive an automatic email from us, with details for completing the online reference.

Written work

You will need to upload three pieces of writing:

  1. An essay or section of a longer piece of work on a topic appropriate to the degree for which you are applying. 2,000 words.
  2. A research proposal, which should clearly outline your research plans and help us identify a potential supervisor. Please begin your research proposal with a clear title. 2,000 words.
  3. A personal statement. This should explain why you want to do a DPhil, why you want to study at Oxford, the field of your research interests, your preferred supervisor(s) and your post-DPhil plans. 500 words.
A complete application

Please ensure your application is complete upon submission. We can only consider you once all supporting documentation has been received. We conduct spot checks on a regular basis to ensure the authenticity of applicants' references, work experience and academic background. We also reserve the right to ask for supporting evidence if necessary.


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