ESRC Wales DTP PhD studentship in Management and Business

Key facts

Application deadline 1 February 2018
Start date October 2018
Duration 4 years (1+3) or 3 years (+3) full-time or the equivalent part-time
Funding body ESRC
Level of study Postgraduate research
Award type PhD studentship

Cardiff Business School, supported by the ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership for Wales (Wales DTP), invites applications for PhD study, with the possibility of being awarded a fully-funded ESRC DTP Studentship, available to start in October 2018.

We expect to make doctoral studentship awards in the area of:

Research is at the centre of Cardiff Business School's activities. Cardiff Business School is ranked 6th in the UK for the quality of its research in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) and is one of only two business schools in the UK to be ranked in the top ten in each of the Government’s five assessment exercises since 1992.

Research is conducted both within the Schools' sub-disciplinary groups as well as via specialist and multidisciplinary research centres. Cardiff Business School has an international faculty of world-leading scholars and its research reputation has helped it become an attractive centre of scholarship for colleagues from the UK and beyond.

The School also has a strong and active PhD programme, with 150 PhD students studying at the School at any one time. A substantial proportion of these students are funded by scholarships obtained from funding bodies including the ESRC, EPSRC and a number of private sector organisations.

This studentship is an ‘open’ award. You should consider approaching a potential supervisor before submitting your application to confirm that there is appropriate supervisory capacity within the University and to discuss your draft application.

Find out about the research interests of Cardiff Business School staff.

Short descriptions of each accredited pathway are available on the ESRC Wales DTP website. The pathway convenor, Dr Nicole Koenig-Lewis, may also be able to advise you.


PhD Programme Office, Cardiff Business School

Administrative contact

Funding details

Tuition fee support Full UK/EU tuition fees
Maintenance stipend Doctoral stipend matching UK Research Council National Minimum
Additional funding offered This funding includes an additional Research Training Support Grant (RTSG). There are other opportunities and benefits available to studentship holders, including an overseas fieldwork allowance (if applicable), internship opportunities and overseas institutional visits.

Eligibility criteria

Residency UK Research Council eligibility conditions apply
Academic criteria

Applications are invited from exceptional candidates with a first class or strong upper second class honours degree, or appropriate Master’s degree with an average mark of at least 65%. The University values diversity and equality at all levels and encourages applications from all sections of the community.

We welcome applications for both full and part-time study, and studentships are available as either ‘1+3’ (e.g. one full time year of research training Masters followed by three years of full-time Doctoral study, or the part-time equivalent), or ‘+3’ (e.g. three years of full-time doctoral study or its part-time equivalent), depending on the needs of the applicant.

Full awards (fees plus maintenance stipend) are open to UK Nationals and EU students who can satisfy UK residency requirements. EU nationals who had been ordinarily resident in the UK throughout the 3 year period immediately preceding the start date of an award (including for the purposes of full-time education) are eligible for a full award. Other EU nationals are eligible for a fees-only award.


PhD Programme Office, Cardiff Business School

Administrative contact

Applications should be submitted for the PhD in Business Studies with an October 2018 start date by the deadline of 16:00, 1 February 2018. Incomplete applications or applications received after this specified time will not be accepted.

In the “Funding” section of the Online Application Form, please indicate that you are applying for an ESRC PhD studentship.

Your application must contain the following documents:

  1. Covering letter (up to two pages): Please address to the relevant pathway convenor (Management/Business: Dr Koenig-Lewis). The covering letter must set out your reasons and motivation for applying to study at Cardiff University, and specify your chosen pathway; your understanding, and expectations of doctoral study; and your academic interests generally, and particularly of those relating to your proposed research. The covering letter should be no more than two pages, and can be uploaded to the “Personal Statement” section of the Online Application Form. Please also specify which pathway you will be applying to and whether you wish to apply on a +3 or 1+3 basis.
  2. Academic / professional qualifications: this includes transcript of marks and degree certificate (if available).
  3. Proof of English Language Competency if English is not your first language: We require an overall minimum score of 7.0 in IELTS, with a score of 6.5 for each category except for writing where we require a score of 7.0.
  4. References: All applications require two academic references to be submitted in support. Candidates must approach referees themselves and request a reference to be  submitted. Please ensure your chosen referees are aware of the funding deadline and have submitted their references by this date.
  5. Curriculum vitae: It should be no longer than two pages.
  6. Research proposal: The proposal should be up to a maximum of 1000 words, not including references. We suggest that you use the following five headings in your research proposal:
    1. Title, aims and purpose of the research
    2. Overview of the academic literature relevant to your field
    3. Proposed methodology
    4. Academic contributions of your research
    5. Bibliographic references.

Short-listed applicants will be invited to interview, which are expected to take place in February/March 2018. After interview, a final short-list of applicants will be put forward to a Panel convened by the ESRC Wales DTP Management Group at which final decisions with regard to studentship awards will be made. In most cases, the successful applicant can expect to hear by mid-April 2018.

We reserve the right to close applications early should sufficient applications be received.


PhD Programme Office, Cardiff Business School

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Eligible research programmes

Eligible research areas