Management, Marketing and Operations Management

Key information

Start date
October 2024
4 years
Application deadline
31 January 2024

About the PhD in Management programme

The PhD in Management covers the three broad domains of Management, Marketing, and Operations Management.


The PhD in Management Faculty includes an outstanding array of scholars, influential thinkers and active experts in their own fields. It combines more mainstream researchers with scholars adopting less conventional perspectives – all of them at the forefront of the academic debate in their areas:

Social Purpose

Entrepreneurship and innovation

Technology and Innovation


Organizational Behaviour and Human Resource Management Group

Operations and Supply Chain Management


Together, they form a vibrant and well-integrated intellectual community, where collaborations and exchanges across fields are common. This community regularly gathers in different seminar series, where well developed and less developed work is presented and discussed in a constructive and friendly atmosphere.

PhD in Management students are warmly encouraged to be an active part of this community. We closely follow them, from the start of their programme until the completion of their dissertation, to support the development of their ideas and their integration in the international research community, and to ensure they can compete effectively in the academic job market.

Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021

The Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021 rated Bayes 5th in the UK for Business and Management research. In total, 92% of our research was rated as world-leading (4*) or internationally excellent (3*) – up from 84% in REF 2014.

Programme structure

The Management PhD is usually a four year programme. You are registered on the MPhil degree for the first two years during which you will follow a programme of taught courses and prepare your first research paper.

Year 1 - Theory and Methods

PhD in Management students are introduced to fundamental theories from Psychology, Sociology and will select from a broad range of electives to tailor their portfolio of courses to their specific interests. They are also introduced to fundamentals of research design, and to the most widely used quantitative and qualitative methods.

Currently offered electives include:

  • Consumer Research
  • Decision Sciences
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Knowledge & Information
  • Marketing
  • Operations Management
  • Organization Theory
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Technology & Innovation
  • Strategy.

Students are also allowed to select among courses offered by the PhD programmes in Finance and Actuarial Sciences.

By the end of the first year, students are matched with a supervisory team and start focusing on their dissertations.

First term


  • Philosophy of Social Science
  • Fundamentals of Psychology
  • Fundamentals of Sociology
  • Quantitative Methods 1
  • Choosing your Research Question

Second term


  • Qualitative Methods 1
  • Quantitative Methods 2
  • Elective 1
  • Elective 2

Third term


  • Qualitative Methods 2
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Elective 3
  • Elective 4
  • Dissertation

Year 2 - Research and Teaching Skills

Students participate in a series of seminars that provide them with basic research skills (crafting a compelling literature review, identifying an interesting research question, effective academic writing) and expose them to advanced research methods. Other activities are designed to reinforce their teaching skills and introduce them to course preparation and delivery.

By the end of the second year, we expect students to present preliminary work to international academic conferences in their own fields.

First term


  • Reviewing the literature
  • Data base search
  • Generating ideas from empirical work
  • Funding your research

Second term


  • Creativity in PhD research
  • Positioning your research
  • Reviewing the literature (2)
  • Advanced research methods
  • LTA

Third term


  • Doing impactful research
  • Ethical issues in research
  • Writing theory papers
  • Research Day (joint with Imperial, UCL, Cambridge)

Year 3 - Professional and Career Skills

Students learn about the editorial process and how to publish their own research in the most rigorous academic journals; they learn the craft of reviewing, as well as responding editorial letters. Other activities are designed to adequately prepare students for the international academic job market.

By the end of the third year, we expect students to present a more polished and developed paper in the most important conferences in their own fields, and to enter the international job market.

First term


  • Effective academic writing
  • Co-authoring

Second term


  • Reviewing and publishing
  • Claiming a theoretical contribution

Third term


  • Preparation for the job market

Year 4

Year four will be focussed on your dissertation.

Fees and Funding

UK (Home) Students

  • Full-time: £4,880 per year

Non UK (Overseas) / EU  Students

  • Full-time: £12,250 per year

Student Profile

PhD student Zuhur Balayah talks about her research project, and what it's like studying a PhD in Management at Bayes Business School.