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The Manchester PhD

One of the most highly respected doctoral programmes across the globe.

The Alliance Manchester Business School PhD programme provides advanced research and training for highly qualified and motivated individuals looking to acquire world-class research skills.

Why choose Alliance Manchester Business School?


in the UK for research power (REF 2014)


international centres: Dubai, Hong Kong, Manchester, Sao Paulo, Shanghai, Singapore


international accreditations: AMBA, EQUIS and AACSB


Full-time: 3 years
Part-time: 6 years

We continue to attract outstanding students of the highest calibre and our research student population is one of the largest in the UK with around 60 students joining the programme each year. As a graduate of one of the world's most innovative and ambitious doctoral research schools, you'll be sought after by leading universities, top business schools, government institutes and private sector organisations.

We embed the PhD into the research life and culture of the School by assigning you to research centres and groups. You will be active in the research life of your centre, organising external seminars, presenting your work to peers in internal seminars, and designing and presenting posters on your PhD.

Whatever your future plans, make the most of your exceptional talents with a PhD from Alliance MBS and give yourself the opportunity to make an impact.

3 programme pathways

You can choose to study your PhD in one of the following areas.


Check the latest PhD fees information.

Year 1 £4,327 £2,163
Years 2 and 3 (2-6 part-time) Fees increase each year to allow for inflation. A general guide is 2-3%
Years 1-3 £18,500 These fees are fixed for the duration of the programme. If you require a visa to study in the UK you are not eligible to apply for the part-time PhD.
Submission Pending  
12 months £225 £225

Research support

We are committed to supporting your academic and research needs, as well as your student experience.

This annual event forms a key part of the Research Training Programme for first year PhD students, providing an opportunity to present and gain feedback on their research from an engaged audience. Leading researchers from the School and external experts deliver presentations and workshops on key topics and there are opportunities for those at a more advanced stage of their studies to engage with, and enhance, the School’s research community.

This workshop, specifically aimed at first year PhD students, helps the cohort to settle into the programme and enhances the student experience.

Aimed at second year PhD students, this practical workshop builds your communication and presentation skills which are crucial for your professional career. There is a mix of activities such as individual coaching, group exercises, interactive scenarios and one-to-one training.

The work draws on the rehearsal model of experimentation and feedback which aims to encourage you to experiment and adopt new behaviours by working on posture, pauses, volume and other skills.

Aimed at final year PhD students, the 2-day writing retreat enables you to progress your writing projects and produce a range of written outputs, typically PhD chapters, books, conference abstracts, journal articles and research proposals.

Benefits of the session include:

  • Growing research-oriented interactions and relationships
  • Building confidence in research and writing
  • Creating cross-disciplinary research conversations

You will be able to take advantage of a range of support available from both the School and the University to cover conference, travel and research related expenses.

The University Library's Business Data Service provides access to excellent database facilities and extensive data management support including:

  • WRDS (CRSP, Compustat, TAQ, Optionmetrics, Board Ex, Execucomp, FISD)
  • DataStream
  • Bloomberg
  • Thomson One Banker
  • Global Financial Data
  • Thomson Reuters Tick History

Find out more about the Library's Business Data Service >>

Library services

You will have access to a wide range of bespoke services and support throughout your studies.

You will have access to exclusive postgraduate-only study space which facilitates both group and private study. You will also have access to all sites of The University of Manchester Library – one of the UK's largest and best resourced academic libraries.

You will have access to one of the largest collections of specialist information sources in the UK. Search for journal articles from top-ranked peer-reviewed publications or access a wide range of data and reports from a variety of market-leading information providers such as Thomson Reuters, Mintel and Euromonitor.

The Finance Zone gives you access to one of the UK’s most comprehensive collections of specialist financial databases used by top researchers around the world including Bloomberg, Capital IQ, Compustat, Datastream, Thomson ONE, WRDS plus many more.

Read more about the Finance Zone >>

The Business Data Service runs specialist training sessions throughout the academic year focusing on a wide range of research, tools, skills and techniques including EndNote and SPSS. We also provide tuition on our full suite of specialist financial business datasets and guidance on obtaining certification for the Bloomberg and Datastream platforms.

Find out more about the Business Data Service >>

You will have access to a dedicated stock of business, management and research-based titles.

You will receive a tailored induction to the library service focusing on research needs at doctoral level.

Research snapshots and updates delivered via Twitter. Our dedicated research blog ‘Business Research Plus’ will keep you up-to-date with all the latest tips and expertise from the Alliance MBS Library Team.

Research consultation sessions provide drop-in clinics for business data queries. You can also book a one-to-one consultation appointment with a member of the Business Data Service team and we are happy to provide tailored support for individual research projects. This is supplemented by online support services that are available at any time.

Career opportunities

The Manchester PhD prepares you for a research career in academia or for opportunities in business, government and non-profit organisations. 

  • Bank of America
  • Banque de France
  • Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago,
  • CASS Business School
  • Central Bank of Chile
  • Fujitsu
  • Lancaster University
  • London Business School
  • London School of Economics
  • Morgan Stanley
  • Singapore Management University
  • Unilever
  • Universidad de Chile
  • University of Leeds
  • Warwick Business School

Other research options

The Master of Philosophy is a one-year full-time, or two-year part-time, postgraduate research degree. You will carry out a substantial research project and may take advantage of the research training available to PhD students.


  Full-time Part-time
Year 1 £4,327 £2,163
Year 2 N/A Fees increase each year to allow for inflation. A general guide is 2-3%
Year 1 £18,500 (fixed for the duration of the programme) If you require a visa to study in the UK you are not eligible to apply for the part-time MPhil.
Submission pending    
12 months £225 £225

The Master of Research in Management is a one-year full-time, or two-year part-time, Masters degree designed to give you the opportunity to build your knowledge of specialist areas of business and management, and to develop the research skills essential for doctoral research. Many students who complete an MRes go on to apply for a PhD.


  Full-time Part-time
Year 1 £9,750 £4,875
Year 2 N/A To be confirmed
Year 1 £18,500

If you require a visa to study in the UK you are not eligible to apply for the part-time MPhil.

The Alliance MBS DBA is 'research in action' - an opportunity to gain a doctoral degree while you continue working. It offers you the chance to tackle an important, unresolved business and managerial problem in a rigorous and systematic way and to contribute to your organisation’s success while developing academic knowledge and theories.


  Alliance MBS Shanghai Jiao Tong University
Years 1-5 £12,200 £6,100
Submission pending    
12 months £225


Read more about the Manchester DBA >>


The Master of Enterprise course enables you to develop the knowledge and practical skills to grow your own business start-up, or apply entrepreneurial thinking to benefit an existing company.

Read more about the Master of Enterprise >>

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