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ESRC/Cardiff Business School 1+3 / +3 PhD Studentships in Management and Business Studies (PhD Studentship)

Reference Number: R1152
Closing Date: Closed for applications
Duration: 3 or 4 years
Funding Amount: UK/EU tuition fees plus stipend and research allowance
Level of Study: Postgraduate Research
Regions: EU (Non UK), UK
This funding opportunity is now closed for application

Key Studentship Information

Cardiff Business School, supported by the ESRC Wales Doctoral Training Centre (Wales DTC) invites applications for five funded PhD Studentships in Management and Business Studies for the 2014/15 academic year, commencing late-September 2014.

Cardiff Business School was ranked 4th out of 90 UK business schools in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise, and ‘excellent’ for teaching. Lively, elegant, confident and cosmopolitan, the city of Cardiff offers an excellent location in which to study. Students benefit from the combination of a small, friendly, inexpensive city with the cultural and recreational amenities of an ambitious and progressive capital city.

Awards are available on either a 1+3 or +3 basis. A 1+3 studentship provides funding for four years, completing the MSc Social Science Research Methods in year one, followed by the three-year PhD phase. A +3 studentship provides funding for three years only, and assumes that the applicant will already have completed research training via an ESRC-recognised MSc degree (please see ESRC guidance on this).

Applications are invited for any of the identified management and business potential research topics (see the Business School PhD Studentship website for details) or in any of the specialised areas of research covered by each section:-

Accounting and Finance
Human Resource Management
Logistics and Operations Management
Marketing and Strategy

Supervision: To contact a member of academic staff to discuss your research proposal prior to making an application (strongly advised), see the our Faculty Interests page.

Start Date: Late September 2014


This studentship is generously funded by both the Cardiff Business School and the ESRC. It will cover full UK/EU tuition fees, as well as a stipend matching the UK Research Council national minimum (£13,726 p.a. for 2013/14, updated each year) and a further £1,000 p.a. for three years for research training support and field work.

Number of Awards Available: 5


Residency: Full awards (fees plus maintenance stipend) are open to UK Nationals and EU students who can satisfy UK residency requirements. To be eligible for the full award, EU Nationals must have been in the UK for at least 3 years prior to the start of the course for which they are seeking funding, including for the purposes of full-time education. EU Nationals who do not meet the above residency requirement are eligible for a fees only award, provided that they have been ordinarily resident in the EU for at least 3 years prior to the start of their proposed programme of study.

Academic criteria: We are seeking exceptional applicants with a first-class or a very good upper second Honours degree and/or Masters degree with an average mark of at least 65%.

How to Apply

Applications can be submitted via Cardiff’s Online Application Service – for details see How to Apply

In the ‘Funding’ section of the Online Application Form, please indicate that you are applying for an ESRC PhD Studentship in Management and Business Studies. Guidance for sending/uploading supporting documents is also available via your Online Application account.

Applicants should use the ‘Research Proposal’ section of the application form (approx 500 words) to set out their doctoral thesis and project in summary. They should use the ‘Personal Statement’ section (approx 500 words) of the application form to set out their academic background and interests and their reasons for wanting to pursue postgraduate research study.

Academic References – all admissions applications require two references to be submitted in support. Please ensure that your chosen referees are aware of the funding deadline and have submitted their references by this date as we will be using these to help us evaluate your application. (N.B. The University does not approach referees on your behalf)

Academic Transcripts – where applicable, academic transcripts must be submitted with the online admissions application by the funding deadline. We will be using these to verify your academic qualifications.

English language – for students whose first language is not English, evidence of proficiency in the English language is required e.g. normally a score of 100 in the iBT TOEFL, or band 7.0 on IELTS (writing scored 7.0, with no subscore less than 6.5).

Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.

Application Deadline: Please ensure your application and all supporting documents reach us no later than 21 February 2014.

Further Information

For enquiries and further information, please contact:
Ms Elsie Phillips
Telephone: +44 (0)29 2087 6786

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