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We offer PhD programmes in English, all leading to the degree conferred by our British partner, The University of Buckingham. These are degrees by research which require an original contribution to the body of knowledge in a particular academic or professional discipline.

On August 1st, 2019, IBS will change its PhD program structure.

Uniqueness of our PhD degree programme:

  • Diversity: Current PhD students come from 7 different countries on 3 different continents
  • Personal Consultation: Our PhD students are supervised by at least two academic staff
  • Research Workshops: Our PhD programme combines two-monthly research workshops (in the first year) and individual consultations
  • Teaching Opportunities: We offer Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) opportunities to our students to help prepare for an academic career.

To better reflect on the research interest of our PhD applicants, with effect from September 2019, IBS offers a doctoral programme in two disciplines:

  • PhD in Business and Management
  • PhD in International Affairs

The PhD is an advanced research degree during which students undertake supervised but independent research that leads to a thesis of not more than 100,000 words embodying the results of that research. The thesis must demonstrate extended familiarity with and a comprehensive understanding of the subject and the academic literature in the area; show an ability to construct and execute a plan for primary research, including the collection and critical analysis of data; and embody an original contribution to knowledge in the field of  business and management, and international affairs.

Postgraduate students on our PhD programme will first be enrolled on a Probationary PhD Status and at the end of the first year when their research proposal is assessed, the decision is made on the conversion to Full PhD Status.

You can find recommended PhD topics here

Entry requirements

  • First or second class, upper division Master's degree. Please attach your detailed research plan and one academic referee’s report soon to your online application.

  • Sufficient English skills and academic knowledge that the IBS Research Officer checks with an Orientation Interview via Skype.


Guide to Writing Your Research Proposal   Academic referee's report

If you wish to apply, please fill in our online electronic application form and upload your Master’s degree with official English translation, your passport copy and English language certificate (if you have one). Please attach your detailed research plan and one academic referee’s report soon to your online application. 

The deadlines for receipt of a complete application form (including receipt of references) are as follows:

• February 2020 Entry Applications – 15 October 2019

• September 2020 Entry Applications – 15 April 2020

Please remember that applications submitted on the deadline are unlikely to be considered complete in time.

  September intakeFebruary intake
1.Deadline of application (complete package, submitting all necessary documents) + payment of application feeApril 15Oct 15
2.PhD application liaison  
1) Feedback of the Research Officer
(formal requirements; language skills; clear research topic) 
May 15Nov 15
2) initial opinion of at least one potential supervisorMay 15Nov 15
3) GTA interview (if applied for, see link)May 15Nov 15
3.Validation fee payment claim will be sent to PhD candidateMay 15Nov 15
4.Deadline for payment of validation fee (1200 euro)June 10Dec 10
5.Meeting of IBS Research Councilbw. June Dec 10-15
6.Decision of The University of Buckinghambw. June 15-22bw Dec 15-22
7A.Candidate is informed June 23Dec 23
a. positive decision  
tuition fee payment claim will be sent  to PhD candidateJune 30Dec 31
deadline for tuition fee payment
(minus validation fee, minus application fee)
July 15Jan 15
b. waiting list  
c. negative decision  
validation fee refundedwithin 15 dayswithin 15 days
7B.If accepted from waiting list, deadline for notificationJuly 15Jan 15
If accepted from waiting list, deadline for tuition fee paymentJuly 31Jan 31
7C.Accepted for current intake, but requested deferral, deadline of tuition fee payment (deferral max. six months, otherwise new application process starts)Jan 15July 15

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Loretta Huszák

PhD in Business and Management

PhD in International Affairs