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Oxford DPhil Programme in Management Studies

Oxford DPhil Programme in Management Studies

Welcome to the DPhil Programme in Management Studies

We welcome you as a student and as a junior colleague

Welcome to Saïd Business School. We are delighted that you are considering applying to our DPhil programme. The DPhil corresponds to a PhD degree offered at most other universities. Essentially, our DPhil programme offers in-depth training in academic research skills that will prepare you to become a productive scholar.

Doctoral training at Saïd Business School will immerse you in all aspects of academic life.

You will attend academic conferences, make presentations, organise lectures and seminars, and contribute to management and academic decisions. In short, as a member of the Oxford DPhil community, you will be both a student and a junior research colleague. DPhil candidates are full members of the research centres and departments with which they are associated.

To support you, we provide courses in a wide variety of research methods, and you will work closely with your supervisors to define your research question and develop your thesis. In addition, you will have opportunities to gain teaching experience, either at undergraduate level through your college or as a teaching assistant on the MBA programme, and to become involved with the SBS intellectual community and that of the wider University. You will have many opportunities for interaction, not only with your supervisors but also with other faculty, who will be happy to act as sounding boards, talking about your research, and suggesting different methods and techniques.

Saïd Business School is relatively small and we have deliberately kept the DPhil programme small too: we will accept a maximum of 12 candidates this year who, in the vast majority of cases, are fully funded. Full funding ensures you can devote your energies to scholarship rather than worrying about tuition costs and living expenses.

We are looking for talented applicants who are enthusiastic about research and genuinely intellectually curious. If this sounds like you, we encourage you to take a closer look at our DPhil programme, and we look forward to receiving your application.


Jonathan Reynolds
Director of Graduate Studies
Deputy Dean

Michael Smets
Associate Professor

Convenor for Management Research

Thomas Noe
Ernest Butten Professor of Management Studies
Convenor for Financial Economics

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