About the course
The University of Oxford's doctoral programme at the Saïd Business School offers high-calibre management researchers the chance to work closely with faculty at the forefront of their fields, to be part of a vibrant research community and to benefit from the resources and reputation of the University.
The Saïd Business School is a young school in an ancient university, but it has already generated outstanding research strengths in many areas, including:
- management science
- organisational behaviour
- strategy, entrepreneurship and international business
The subjects of research at the Saïd Business School are diverse, ranging from the automotive, aerospace and telecommunications industries to professional service firms, the health service and the public sector.
The DPhil, which is known internationally as a PhD, offers you the opportunity to engage with internationally-renowned faculty and access to our nine specialist research centres and facilities. The structure and content of the DPhil programme largely depends on the subject area you want to specialise in. There are two pathways you can take to achieve your doctorate:
Financial Economics pathway
The Financial Economics pathway embraces subjects such as asset-pricing and corporate finance, the design and regulation of securities markets, corporate financial policy and the impact of financial markets on real economic activity. Doctoral students engage with research in key topics in finance, which may include asset pricing, corporate finance and financial economics.
Management Research pathway
The Management Research pathway is built on coursework and research in theories of organisations, institutions, strategy, and markets, focuses on using both quantitative and qualitative methods.
The DPhil thesis should not exceed 100,000 words and must be a substantial contribution in management research or financial economics. You may choose from a range of methodologies and approaches, but your contribution in the field of theory, methodology or in terms of your empirical results should be relevant enough to be published as a book, or as a series of academic articles.
Support and guidance
Each student has a supervisor or supervisors. Supervisors oversee students’ study and research and help advise them on the preparation of their thesis through regular meetings.
Saïd Business School Alumni Relations Office
The Oxford Business Alumni Network (OBA), the official alumni network of the University of Oxford Saïd Business School, was established in 1997 to provide a focus for Oxonians who have a special interest in the world of business. There are more than 16,000 OBA members living in over 140 countries. As part of this network there are 17 chapters and 65 regional ambassadors across six continents – all offering an exciting variety of events from social gatherings to business-focused networking sessions. The OBA Network is overseen by the Saïd Business School Alumni Relations Office.
Changes to the course
The University will seek to deliver this course in accordance with the description set out in this course page. However, there may be situations in which it is desirable or necessary for the University to make changes in course provision, either before or after registration. For further information, please see our page on changes to courses.
Entry requirements for entry in 2018-19
Information regarding the entry requirements for this course can be accessed at the following location:
The Saïd Business School is one of the most modern, state-of-the-art business schools in the world. Facilities include seven horseshoe-style lecture theatres and a 300-seat lecture theatre opened by Nelson Mandela in 2002 to cater for larger-scale lectures and events.
A key feature of the building is the provision of informal working areas. There are numerous open spaces throughout, including cloistered walkways and a large internal courtyard, all of which help to foster interaction between students, faculty and visitors.
The Sainsbury Library at the heart of the School has more than 30 public PCs and 100 networked study desks, a collection of course texts and general reading material spread over two well-appointed floors, and an impressive array of powerful electronic databases covering business, management and adjacent fields.
Specialist research centres at the Saïd Business School mirror the knowledge-intensive end of a creative economy. They are helping particular sectors to wrestle with the challenges they face and to discover new directions through research. These centres include the Oxford University Centre for Business Taxation and Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship, amongst others.
There are over 1,100 full graduate scholarships available across the University, and these cover your course and college fees and provide a grant for living costs. If you apply by the relevant January deadline and fulfil the eligibility criteria you will be automatically considered. Over two thirds of Oxford scholarships require nothing more than the standard course application. Use the Fees, funding and scholarship search to find out which scholarships you are eligible for and if they require an additional application, full details of which are provided.
A number of Research Council awards are available each year from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), and Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).
Further information on scholarships and funding opportunities specific to this course is also provided on the Saïd Business School's DPhil in Management Studies funding webpage.
Annual fees for entry in 2018-19
Total annual fees
The fees shown above are the annual tuition and college fees for this course for entry in the stated academic year; for courses lasting longer than one year, please be aware that fees will usually increase annually. For details, please see our guidance on likely increases to fees and charges.
Tuition and college fees are payable each year for the duration of your fee liability (your fee liability is the length of time for which you are required to pay tuition and college fees).
Following the period of fee liability, you may also be required to pay a University continuation charge and a college continuation charge. The University and college continuation charges are shown on the Continuation charges page.
For more information about tuition fees, college fees and fee liability, please see the Fees section of this website. EU applicants should refer to our dedicated webpage for details of the implications of the UK’s plans to leave the European Union.
There are no compulsory elements of this course that entail additional costs beyond fees (or, after fee liability ends, continuation charges) and living costs. However, please note that, depending on your choice of research topic and the research required to complete it, you may incur additional expenses, such as travel expenses, research expenses, and field trips. You will need to meet these additional costs, although you may be able to apply for small grants from your department and/or college to help you cover some of these expenses.
In addition to your tuition and college fees, you will need to ensure that you have adequate funds to support your living costs for the duration of your course.
For the 2018-19 academic year, the range of likely living costs is between c. £1,015 and £1,555 for each month spent in Oxford. Full information, including a breakdown of likely living costs in Oxford for items such as food, accommodation and study costs, is available on our Living costs page.
The following colleges accept students on the DPhil in Management Studies:
- Balliol College
- Brasenose College
- Campion Hall
- Exeter College
- Green Templeton College
- Harris Manchester College
- Hertford College
- Jesus College
- Kellogg College
- Lady Margaret Hall
- Linacre College
- Merton College
- New College
- Oriel College
- Pembroke College
- The Queen's College
- St Anne's College
- St Antony's College
- St Catherine's College
- St Cross College
- St Edmund Hall
- St Hilda's College
- St Hugh's College
- St Peter's College
- Wadham College
- Wolfson College
- Worcester College
How to apply
Admission to the DPhil in Management Studies is administered directly by the Saïd Business School. To apply and for further details about the course, its requirements and deadline, please see the Saïd Business School webpage on how to apply for the DPhil in the Management Studies.