Cranfield School of Management's PhD programme is internationally renowned, for its rigour, structure, faculty support and global perspective.

The programme is ideal for scholars wishing to build their careers in academia, excel academically, make significant strides on their career path and shape new realities for business, management and policy. The Research Excellence Framework 2014 (REF) assessed that in the Business and Management unit of assessment, 60% of Cranfield University's research is world-leading or internationally excellent.

PhD Award
September, February Start
Full-time Study Mode
3 years Duration

Entry Requirements For This Course

PhD applicants are required to hold a first or upper second class UK Bachelor's degree, a taught Master's degree, or an equivalent international qualification (find out whether your qualification meets our requirements by visiting our International Student page).

In addition to meeting our entry requirements we also require you to submit a research proposal - outlining the research you would like to carry out. This needs to:

  • Formulate and define a clear, interesting research question or problem.
  • Establish the relevance and value of the proposed research question in the context of current academic thinking, highlighting its originality and significance. We expect you to have read some relevant literature in the area that you are planning to research and to provide a review of this.
  • Outline the methodology you propose to use to carry out your research, including the data sources and source material you plan to use.
  • Suggest what you hope to discover at the end of your research and what new areas it might open up (your contribution)
  • Provide a provisional timeline for your research
  • Your proposal should demonstrate to us and your potential supervisor your interest and your potential to carry out independent research.

Each application will be considered on its merits.

English language

We accept any of the following tests as evidence of your English language ability:

  • IELTS (International English Language Testing Service) - minimum overall score of 7.0 and minimum writing score of 6.5.
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Internet-based Test - minimum total score of 100 and minimum writing score of 26. Our TOEFL Institution Code is 0822.
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) - minimum overall score of 68.
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English or Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English - minimum of Grade C.
  • Cambridge English Scale - minimum scale score of 190 in any scale scored test.
  • Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English III - Pass required.

You are expected to achieve a balanced score across all elements of the English Language test you have taken. We can only accept tests taken within two years of your registration date (with the exception of Cambridge English tests which have no expiry date). The University reserves the right to reject any test score if any one element of the test score is too low.

Upcoming Open Days at Cranfield School of Management


Cranfield University - Open Day

01 Sep 2021, 10:00 AM - 01 Sep 2021, 15:00 PM Cranfield University
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Our usual on-campus Open Days have moved – online! We will give you the best possible experience to help in your decision-making process for postgraduate study and research. Join us on 1 September 2021 to talk with a wide range of academics and staff from key services such as admissions, student support and alumni. Plus you can join us on a guided virtual tour of key teaching, research and student facilities. We will resume our on-campus events when Government advice allows us to do so in a way that keeps prospective students and staff safe - but in the meantime we hope you can join us online, we look forward to meeting you.

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