The application process normally consists of three main steps:
- Formal application
- Shortlisting based on the documents you upload in your application
- Formal interview to assess your suitability to pursue a PhD at Henley Business School
Deadline for submission of applications for candidates also applying for a Henley Studentship is 31st March 2020
Deadline for submission of applications for self/externally funded candidates is 30th June 2020
Applications submitted after these deadlines will not be considered for the current year
Before we can begin to review your suitability for our programme you will first need to complete a formal application through our RISIS Application Portal; once you have submitted your application we will be able to provide you with further information on the admissions process.
You can apply either by:
Submitting your own research proposal which should be a well-developed document of about 6-7 pages which should:
- identify the motivation of your study
- place it within relevant literature, highlighting the current gap and potential research questions
- state your intended methodology
- show understanding of the data (if any) necessary and show relevant sources
- discuss a reasonable intended timeline to completion, reflecting on issues you may encounter during your studies as presented above
Or, if you would like to apply for a studentship then we will favour applications in one of the areas listed on the “Research Areas” page. If you would like to apply to work on one of these projects please include a Research Proposal with your application that aligns with the project that you are interested in.
Your application will then be reviewed by potential supervisors, to assess suitability for our programme. You do not need to contact a potential supervisor before you submit your application, although if applying with your own research proposal, it is good practise to identify a potential supervisor whose research interests align with it, explaining exactly how your research fits the academics current research interests. You can find information on potential supervisors on the M&R Supervisors section of our website.
Please note that due to supervisor capacity entry onto our programme is extremely competitive, and eligibility is assessed against several criteria including previous education or relevant experience, and how well your research proposal aligns with the interests of the department.
After reviewing your application, our faculty may decide to invite you to interview - this is an opportunity to discuss your research proposal in more detail, and to ask further questions regarding the M&R PhD Programme. Feedback from interviews should be discussed directly with the faculty involved.
If applying for a Henley Studentship then you must also discuss this with your potential supervisors at the interview, as they will need to provide a statement of support to sponsor your application.
Following successful application, shortlisting and interview, candidates will be provided with further details regarding enrolling onto the M&R PhD Programme.
It is also at this point that applications for studentship can be submitted - the process for this will be discussed with the PGR administrator, who can provide you with the necessary forms and information on the procedure. You must have discussed this with your potential supervisors at the interview stage.