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Why Imperial PhD

The world changes. It always does. Nothing stands still. At Imperial, we recognise we live in challenging times, facing pressures of rapid technological innovation, increasing globalisation, dwindling natural resources and the need to generate economic growth which delivers greater well-being for society. At Imperial College Business School, we tackle the challenges business faces through analytical, sharp analysis and thought-leadership. It is our DNA.

How do we rank?

We want to unlock your potential. So it’s good to know our own high standards are also internationally recognised with Imperial College London ranked #10 in the world by The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020.

Lead research in your field.

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Your key advantages

Build your career with our global reputation

Lead the way. Imperial College Business School, at the centre of Imperial College London, is one of the world’s most highly regarded universities in science, technology, business and healthcare. Your interdisciplinary advantage comes from collaboration. Our world-renowned faculty work alongside colleagues across departments to offer a wealth of research resources.

Widen your field of research.

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Your global network

You’re in good company. Internationally our business expertise is recognised as leading the field. Work alongside insightful academics with further networking opportunities at research seminars and conferences. The Business School has the highest proportion of ‘world-leading’ and ‘internationally excellent’ research in the UK according to the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF). The highest proportion achieved by any institution in the ‘business and management’ category.

First in the UK for world-leading research.


Master’s in Research

You’ll combine highly relevant and structured training in your first year with our Master’s in Research (MRes) programme focusing on specialist courses and core research skills. MRes gives you a solid foundation for your entire academic career.

The cornerstone of your career.

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Advantage you: fully funded

We help the brightest minds shine and find practical solutions to complex problems. Every student on our Doctoral programme is offered full funding, including a full tuition fee waiver (Home/EU or Overseas fees) plus a living stipend for up to five years. Leaving you free to concentrate fully on your PhD.

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The Imperial advantage

Future you starts here

World-class faculty

Research and consultancy with global corporations gives our faculty a live understanding of today’s most pressing issues. This is teaching enhanced with in-depth business knowledge. Which gives you the edge from classroom lectures to seminars and informal chats. Working together with our faculty members you’ll be industry ready.

This is real world learning.

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Your leafy location: South Kensington

Find yourself in the culture capital of London with three of the UK’s most visited museums on your doorstep: the Science Museum, Victoria & Albert Museum and Natural History Museum. All world-class, all free to visit. Shop, cafés, restaurants and two of London’s most stunning Royal Parks are just a short lunch break away. Pause for thought.

Welcome to one of London’s most prized postcodes.

We welcome inclusivity and diversity

We provide a welcome and supportive environment for all. The strength of our students and alumni stems from inclusivity and diversity.

Gender parity

We’re equipping the next generation of brilliant women and men to lead and shape inclusive business culture. Learn more about Women in Leadership.

Student diversity

Our students come from every corner of the world, all at different stages in their careers across a diverse range of sectors with individual aspirations. All bring their own unique perspective to a vibrant, diverse job market.

Inclusivity for all

Imperial 600 is the College’s network for LGBTQ+ staff, postgraduate students and their allies. Our Imperial LGBTQ+ business club connects students with leading companies and institutions hiring inclusively.

We support forward-thinking business communities.