Applying for Admission

The School of Business and Management receives a fairly high number of PhD applications throughout the year. In view of space and other resource constraints, in order to ensure that we recruit and select the strongest PhD applicants in any given year, we have adopted the application process shown below. The strongest applicants will be considered for a studentship (if available at the time of application/consideration). From time to time we also advertise studentships outside of our normal recruitment periods – you can find details of these on our website and on

The initial step for anyone who wishes to be considered for a place as a PhD student in the School is to formulate a provisional research proposal. Once you have established some ideas about the research you wish to carry out, you should feel free to get in touch with any member of the School whose research expertise matches your own interests. For information on writing a research proposal see Preparing a Research Proposal.

Prior to making an application, prospective applicants are advised to send their proposal and CV to potential supervisors in order to gain an expression of interest. Supervisors’ expressions of interest do not guarantee admission even for self-funding students. Normally PhD students start in the autumn term – deferral to January may be possible, subject to agreement of the PhD Director and the supervisors. Prospective PhD applicants are advised to identify at least one potential supervisor before applying.

Applications are accepted based on the candidate’s previous academic performance, the quality of their research proposal and the availability of two suitable members of staff to supervise the chosen topic. The School also encourages applications from those whose topic might best be supervised jointly with another department within the College.

Once you have developed a clear research proposal and have identified a supervisor you will need to complete the formal application process online.

Paper application forms and a link to the online application form can be found on the University’s prospective postgraduate pages. If you have any difficulties downloading, please contact us.

Application Checklist:

  • Completed application form
  • Full academic transcript (a record of courses taken and grades achieved)
  • Two academic references
  • Proof of English language ability for overseas applicants from non-English speaking countries
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Statement of purpose
  • Research proposal (3000 words)

Please note that it is the responsibility of applicants to request references in support of their application

Completed applications should be sent to:
The Admissions & Recruitment Office
Queen Mary, University of London
Mile End Road
E1 4NS
Tel: 020 7882 5533
Fax: 020 8980 8400