Southampton Management School

MPhil /PhD (4 yrs)

The University of Southampton is one of the UK’s top 15 research universities after the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise. We are a member of the influential Russell Group – an association of 20 major UK research universities.

Programme Overview

The School of Management's PhD in Management programme has been awarded +3 recognition for full-time students by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and has also received research studentships from ESRC and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) for its doctoral programme.

On the MPhil/PhD in Management, we will consider applications to undertake research in any area of: Accounting, Accountability and Governance, Corporate Social Responsibility, Entrepreneurship, Financial Markets, Health Management, Human Resources, Information Technology/Systems, Innovation, Management Science, Marketing, Organisational Behaviour, Operational Research, Risk, Supply Chain Management, and Strategy.

Particular importance is placed on ensuring adequate supervision for research students. We will carefully examine your proposed area of study in order to ensure that such supervision is readily available.

To Apply

In addition to the normal application procedure you should also submit a brief outline of your general area of research interest and proposed topic of research, if known (1000 words max).

Important Note. Applicants wishing to be considered for a School Scholarships will need to submit a FULL research proposal.

Programme Structure

As a research student you will be registered initially for the MPhil in Management and are then transferred to PhD in Management after a period of satisfactory progress. Minimum registration periods are: one year for the MPhil (two years part-time); two years for the PhD (three years part-time). In practice you should expect to spend at least one more year of study than these minimum periods. You will normally be required to attend designated Research Training Courses within the School of Management and elsewhere at the University. The School also supports research students to attend and present their work at international conferences.

Key facts

  • Programme Director: Professor Ming-Chien Sung

  • Start date:

    Normally early October

  • Programme Duration:

    Full-time - Maximum 4 years (minimum 2 years)
    Part-time - Maximum 7 years (minimum 3 years)

  • Fees for 2012/13

    Full-time PhD
    UK/EU students: £3,828 per annum
    International students: £12,500 per annum

    Part-time PhD
    UK/EU students: £1,914 per annum
    International students: £6.250 per annum

Entry requirements

Typical entry requirements

MPhil/ PhD Management entry requirements

The normal minimum entrance requirement is:

  • A Masters degree from a UK university or equivalent overseas/professional qualification in an appropriate subject
  • Quality of your research proposal
  • Support from your prospective supervisor

Selection process:

Intake: 30
Average applicants per place: 10

Your application to study the MPhil/PhD in Management will be carefully considered by a specialist member of the academic staff who will weigh up many factors; not only your academic achievements, interests and aptitudes, but also your motivation and your referee's confidential report.

We make our decisions in most cases on the application form and supporting documents alone. Candidates who require special consideration, e.g. on grounds of age, disability or non-standard entry qualifications may be interviewed.

Visit our International Office website or the NARIC website for further information on qualifications.


Typical course content

The MPhil/PhD in Management has no modules per semester. Instead it is an entirely research-oriented programme in which students conduct original research under the guidance of their supervisors.


Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided. More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide or website).

Learning and teaching

The Graduate School of the Faculty aims to provide support, and research and personal development training for postgraduate and postdoctoral researchers in all schools of the Faculty. More specifically, it aims to provide a resource for post-graduate research students.

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