PhD programmes

PhDs and research degrees

The University of Exeter Business School aims to train world-class researchers who will shape our understanding of and responses to the most important societal challenges.

We offer MPhil and PhD programmes with expert academics in 5 core areas of business and economics (see PhD programmes below). We have a very generous funding scheme to support the most outstanding students (see funding opportunities). We also welcome applications from current doctoral students who are interested in visiting the School (see visiting student programmes below).

Students may apply for direct entry to one of the University of Exeter Business School’s PhD programmes. 

However, we strongly encourage all applicants to consider applying for the Masters in Research. These programmes provide a rigorous foundation in the skills that are required to conduct high quality research. Students who successfully complete the MRes are expected to progress to the PhD.

The MRes programmes

The two-year MRes in economics is suitable for students who intend to pursue a PhD in an area requiring a strong grounding in econometrics (e.g., economics or finance).

The one-year MRes in management is suitable for students who intend to pursue a PhD in an area requiring diverse methodologies and a solid grounding in theory (e.g., management, entrepreneurship, accounting).

MRes Economics (2 year pathway to PhD)
MRes Management (1 year pathway to PhD)

The PhD programmes

We offer MPhil and PhD programmes with expert academics in 5 core areas of business and economics. Our students get demanding graduate level training, participate in research seminars and international conferences and conduct innovative research.

MPhil/PhD Accountancy
MPhil/PhD Economics
MPhil/PhD Finance
MPhil/PhD Leadership Studies
MPhil/PhD Management

University of Exeter Business School funding

We run two funding schemes that provide fully funded MRes to PhD scholarships and annual bursaries for outstanding students from around the world: UEBS Scholarships and,  for truly exceptional applicants, Dean’s Scholarships.

Successful applicants will receive funding to complete one of the University of Exeter Business School’s Research Masters (MRes), which provide a rigorous foundation in the skills that are required to conduct high quality research. Students who meet the PhD entry criteria on completion of the MRes will then receive funding for full-time study in one of the University of Exeter Business School’s PhD programmes. 

To find out more about these schemes and to apply, please click on the links below.

UEBS Scholarships

Dean’s Scholarships

Additional funding opportunities

The University offers a wide range of scholarships and bursaries and you can find out more on the funding pages of the University’s website.

The University of Exeter Business School is committed to its active and vibrant research community and to supporting outstanding researchers. We welcome visiting doctoral students from many countries and institutions including in recent months from China, Japan and Sweden.

If you are a currently registered doctoral researcher interested in spending a period of time the University of Exeter Business School as a visiting doctoral researcher, some guidance and information is available to you below:

What would be available to you

  • Use of a desk in our postgraduate research student centre
  • Use of a desktop computer in our postgraduate research student centre
  • Use of the University library and IT access
  • Participation in doctoral training seminars and events within the Business School
  • Invitations to departmental and Business School wide research events and social activities

What would the cost be

A bench fee of £1000 is chargeable for a 12 month period. The fee is calculated on a monthly basis based on the actual length of the stay.

How to take your interest forward

1. Look at our the profiles of our academic staff to identify potential supervisors with research interests related to your own research
2. Send a copy of the following documents to uebs-doctoral-admissions@exeter.ac.uk
3. Complete the PGR Visiting Student application form. You must indicate the exact dates of your proposed visit to Exeter
4. Your CV, which must include details of your current institution, the names of your supervisors, your thesis title, when you started and when you expect to complete your programme
5. A one page summary of your current thesis research areas
6. A statement of why you would like to visit the University of Exeter Business School, and why this would be beneficial to your research. This should include the names of academic staff who you think may be suitable supervisors for your research at Exeter.
7. Confirmation of your student status (copy of student card or letter of confirmation from your home institution)
8. Look at the International Student Support pages for advice regarding visas
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