DPhil Programme in Management Studies

Students working together
​In-depth training in academic research skills to develop you as a productive scholar

Start date:


  • 4 years

Time commitment:

  • Full time


  • Oxford

About the programme

Our Doctoral training will immerse you in all aspects of academic life.

You will be both a student and a junior research colleague. 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 and research assistant experience and become involved with the intellectual community within both Saïd Business School and wider University. You will attend academic conferences, make presentations, organise lectures and seminars, and contribute to management and academic decisions.

We have deliberately kept the DPhil programme small which means that in the vast majority of cases, students are fully funded to allow students to devote their energies to their research. The DPhil corresponds to a PhD degree offered at most other universities.

Doing a DPhil is more like an apprenticeship – an apprenticeship in research. You grow with those around you: your supervisor, your fellow students, and all the other members of your academic community.

Malte Ziewitz

Graduated 2012

Benefits and opportunities


  • engage with internationally renowned faculty
  • conference and research funding
  • training in principal research methods at both at Said Business School and wider University


  • paid teaching and research assistant opportunities
  • contribute to management and academic decisions
  • postgraduate careers resources

Who can apply

Our candidates are passionately intellectual people who have a superlative academic record and are committed to a career in academia.

Financial Economics pathway

  • a good undergraduate degree: 2.1 (GPA 3.5 or its equivalent)
  • GMAT or GRE test results
  • TOEFL or IELTS test results (If you are not from an English speaking majority country)
  • three pieces of written work, including a well-developed research proposal
  • three academic references

Management Research pathway

Application requirements are as listed above. For the Management Research pathway, successful applicants typically have a distinction in a Master’s level degree in addition to their undergraduate studies, but exceptional applicants from undergraduate programmes in relevant subjects will be considered.

Dates and deadlines


Applications for the 2020 intake will open in August/September this year.

Admissions process

Candidates who are shortlisted are normally interviewed as part of the admissions process three to four weeks after the application deadline.

Interviews are conducted by members of faculty and will take place in person in Oxford or via Skype if you are unable to travel to the School.

Interviews can last up to 60 minutes and you will be asked questions about your background and aspirations. You should also expect to elaborate on your research proposal.

Final decision

The Admissions Committee will decide which candidates receive an offer to join the DPhil programme. Final decisions will be emailed to all candidates by early March 2019.

There are three possible outcomes:

  1. You are made an offer to join the programme
  2. You are put on a waiting list
  3. You will be advised that you have not been successful this year

Details about any funding received through the School are included in the offer letter.

Having received an offer, a candidate's application is forwarded to a college to be considered for membership. We will guide you through this process.

Students working in the Sainsbury Library

Annual fees 2018-19

The course fee in 2019-20 is £20,115.

Fees usually increase annually, please see the University's guidance on likely increases to fees and charges.

Course fees are payable each year for the duration of your fee liability. Following the period of fee liability, you may also be required to pay a continuation charge. Information regarding continuation charges is available on the University's continuation charges page. 

For more information about fees, fee liability and continuation charges, please see the University's fees page.

Cost of living

Please view the University's living expenses page.

Scholarships and funding

In almost all cases, DPhil students admitted into our programme receive full funding over four years.

This includes tuition fees and a living expenses stipend. To maximise the overall availability of funding for candidates, we will identify suitable alternative scholarships and may ask you to submit funding applications. We also ask that you identify and pursue any other funding opportunities, including external funding.   

For some scholarships you are required to submit a scholarship essay and/or tick the relevant box in the Funding section of the application form.


Please get in touch with any queries about admissions, fees or funding.

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