Have you thought about studying a PhD in the School of Economics, Finance and Management at the University of Bristol?

As an internationally renowned institution on the forefront of high-impact innovative research, Bristol has a lot to offer. Comprehensive skills training, fully-funded doctoral training programmes, academic experts who are leaders in their field and state-of-the-art facilities create a research environment that is dynamic and challenging.

The School of EFM boasts a strong research culture with a good record of collaborative work, visiting speakers, cross faculty research initiatives and a supportive atmosphere for both staff and PhD students.

Staff and research students within the department provide a vibrant and proactive research research environment where research students benefit from individual supervision by highly qualified members of staff.

Bristol’s Departments of Accounting and Finance, Economics and Management have many advantages, including an enthusiastic research community, a welcoming atmosphere and excellent research facilities.  The departments are large enough to have expertise in many fields, but small enough to be friendly and to allow regular contact between students and staff members.

Research facilities are very good, with extensive provision of networked software and databases, and online access to all leading journals. We aim to offer many of our PhD students access to communal office space and sole use of a computer, even in their first year of research.

PhD students also get the full support of the Bristol Doctoral College. The Bristol Doctoral College facilitates and supports doctoral training and researcher development across the University.  With a clear commitment to enhancing employability as well as academic excellence, postgraduate students leave Bristol with the skills and experience required for their chosen career paths.

Entry Requirements

Usually, students should hold a good taught Masters-level qualification, such as an MSc.

Research Topics / Supervisors

Before applying to the School, prospective students should first check to see if their proposal matches the research interests of one or more members of staff. We receive many applications, and are concerned to ensure that we accept only those students to whom we can offer high quality supervision.

Assessment and Award

Our PhD programmes involve research-based assessment and do not include any compulsory taught modules or credit points.  The PhD degrees are awarded on the basis of the thesis submitted and, in the case of the PhD, an oral examination.  The PhD must represent a new contribution to knowledge, showing evidence of originality and independent critical power.  The period of research for a PhD is normally four years.

You can see what some of of our past PhD students think on our website.

If you thinking about a PhD and want to find out more please see our website or email us at

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