Entry Requirements


Candidates for entry to the Research Degrees Programme normally hold a First or Upper Second Class Honours Degree from an approved University or Institution of Higher Education. This degree need not necessarily be in Management or directly related to subjects, but successful candidates must be able to demonstrate their ability to undertake research in the Business School at an advanced level.

In addition, candidates typically hold an approved Master’s Degree in Management or related subjects, including the Social Sciences.  This should be with an average of 65% in both taught and dissertation elements. Experience in business or public service will also be regarded as a valuable recommendation.

Candidates without a Master’s degree may choose to register initially for the MSc in Management Research, with the possibility of subsequent transfer to the Doctoral Programme after satisfactory completion of the first twelve months of supervised work. In all cases successful completion of the Research Methods Course and taught Postgraduate module is a necessary prerequisite for proceeding to your research project.

Language Proficiency

For applicants from non-English speaking countries, it is necessary to have taken either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL score of 101) or the British Council IELTS test- score of 7. However, if the Candidate holds a Master's degree from a U.K. University, this requirement may be waived. For more information on the IELTS course available at Aston please see our School of Languages & Social Sciences (IELTS Test Centre).


  • UG Degree - 2:1 or above

  • MSc - 65% in both taught and dissertation elements

  • TOEFL - 101 (Reading 23, Writing 28, Listening 23, Speaking 23)

  • IELTS - 7 (Reading 6.5, Writing 7, Listening 6.5, Speaking 7)

Student Profile

Student Profile

Vimal Eswarlal

'A research degree at ABS offers the platform to work in collaboration with academic experts whilst also providing the freedom to think differently and work with new ideas.'


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