How to apply for the PhD Programme

The applications are closed for 2017/18

The application window for this academic year is now closed and will reopen in December 2017, with scholarships and bursaries being advertised shortly afterwards.

Many thanks to all those who applied, we are reviewing all the remaining completed applications.

To be eligible to submit an application when the window reopens, you must hold a first degree with top grades (a first or equivalent) in a subject related to your proposed research topic.The following qualifications are highly desirable, and would enhance your likelihood of being accepted:

  • A masters degree from a leading institution with a top grade (distinction or equivalent)
  • A top GMAT score (700 or more)

Our students have a variety of academic backgrounds ranging from Accounting, Actuarial Science and Economics to Engineering, Finance, Management and Mathematics. We are looking for mature, highly-motivated individuals with excellent analytical, problem solving and verbal skills.

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Research proposal

Please provide details of your intended research proposal in support of your application. This is an important part of your application in which you outline up to two research directions you would like to pursue in your PhD.

Before preparing your proposal you should familiarise yourself with the research interests of Cass academics (refer to Cass Experts) to make sure that your research is aligned with their expertise.

The research proposal should include

  • an abstract
  • the research objectives
  • the proposed research methodology
  • a summary review of the relevant literature and current understanding or knowledge
  • an indication of how the proposed research will contribute to the discipline.

You should also provide an outline work plan for the period of research including consideration of approval of any research ethics implications. You are also asked to comment on why you wish to pursue this research and what you feel you will bring to it. The research proposal should be a maximum of three sides of A4.

In addition, if you wish to be considered for a University studentship, you should provide a non-technical summary of your proposed research. This summary should be no more than 400 words.

Academic references

You will need to provide names and e-mails of two referees who know your work well and can comment on your aptitude for critical thinking and original research within a well-defined framework. We will contact the referees once you have submitted you application.

English language requirements

For students whose first language is not English, the following qualifications will normally meet the English language requirement for entry to a postgraduate course of study:

  • A first degree from a UK university or from the CNAA
  • A first degree from an overseas institution recognised by the Institution as providing adequate evidence of proficiency in the English language, for example, from institutions in Australia, Canada or the USA
  • GCE O-level/GCSE English language or English literature, grade C minimum
  • Cambridge ESOL CPE (Certificate of Proficiency in English) at grade C or above
  • An overall minimum score of 8.0 in the English Language Testing System (IELTS) in all 4 areas (IELTS scores are only valid if they are less than two years old on the programme start date)
  • Warwick English Language Test (WELT) with pass grades of BBC minimum.

Please note that due to changes in the UKVI 's list of SELT s we are no longer able to accept TOEFL as evidence of English language for students who require a CAS as of April 2014.

In addition to the above, we will also monitor your English language skills throughout the admissions process.

Please note, at the initial stage of your application we will accept electronic copies of your official transcripts. If your application is successful we will require you to send us the original hard copies before a final offer of place is made.


We accept attachments in doc, pdf and jpeg formats only. Please make sure all attachments are less than 1MB in size (the smaller the better) and filenames are no longer than 32 characters containing only English letters and/or numbers, otherwise, depending on your internet connection speed, you might not be able to complete your application and will need to re-apply.