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PhD studentship at Cardiff Business School

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Key facts

Application deadline 30 April 2019
Start date October 2019
Duration 4 years
Level of study Postgraduate research
Award type PhD studentship

Cardiff Business School invites applications for PhD study with a fully funded studentship.

We expect to make studentship awards in the area of:

  • management and business
  • economics.

Research is at the centre of Cardiff Business School's activities. Cardiff Business School ranked 6th in the UK for the quality of its research in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) and was 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 School's 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 around 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 incorporates:

  • a research training master's degree in the first year, followed by Business Management PhD, or
  • MSc Economics (in first year) and MRes in Advanced Economics (in the second year), followed by a two-year Economics PhD.

These studentships are ‘open’ awards. Applicants should consider approaching a potential supervisor before submitting their application to confirm that there is appropriate supervisory capacity within the University and to discuss their draft application.

If possible, include the name of a potential supervisor by searching the research interests of academic staff on the Cardiff Business School website.


PhD Programme Office, Cardiff Business School

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Funding details

Tuition fee support Other
We cover all fees for UK/EU and International applicants.
Maintenance stipend Doctoral stipend matching UK Research Council National Minimum for UK/EU applicants. Doctoral stipend capped at £6,000 for overseas awards.
Additional funding offered All PhD students at Cardiff Business School have access to a fieldwork allowance to support the completion of their studies.

Eligibility criteria

Residency Open to all students of any nationality without restrictions (UK/EU and International)
Academic criteria

You should have an excellent academic background in the social sciences or economics, holding a first class or strong upper second class degree, and preferably a specialist master’s degree with distinction related to the area of PhD study.

In addition, international students are normally expected to have reached a minimum IELTS score of 7.0 (writing scored at 7.0, with no sub-score less than 6.5). Copies of appropriate English language certificates must be supplied with your application.


PhD Programme Office, Cardiff Business School

Administrative contact

Please apply for PhD in Business Studies or PhD in Economics with a start date of October 2019.

You must submit a completed application by the deadline of 12:00 (noon), Tuesday 30 April 2019. Incomplete applications or applications received after this time will not be accepted.

In the “Funding” section of the online application form, please indicate that you are applying for a Cardiff Business School Studentship.

The application must contain the following documents:

  1. Covering letter (up to two pages): 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.
  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. CV: This should be no longer than two pages.
  6. Research Proposal: We suggest that you use the following five headings in your research proposal:
  • Title, aims and purpose of the research
  • Brief overview of the academic literature relevant to your field
  • Proposed design/methodology
  • Academic contributions of your research
  • Bibliographic References.

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


PhD Programme Office, Cardiff Business School

Administrative contact