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ESRC Wales DTP PhD studentship in Economics

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Key facts

Application deadline 1 February 2019
Start date October 2019
Duration 4 years (1+1+2) full-time, or the equivalent part-time
Funding body ESRC
Level of study Postgraduate research
Award type PhD studentship

Cardiff University, 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 2019.

We expect to make doctoral studentship awards in the areas of Economics.

Depending on previous academic background and research training needs, studentships are available:

  • Normally, as ‘1+1+2 studentships’, involving two full time years of research training, comprising of the MSc Economics (Year 1) and MRes Economics (Year 2) programmes, followed by two years of full-time Doctoral study.
  • In exceptional cases, as ‘1+2’ studentships, comprising of one full time year of research training in the MRes Economics programme, followed by two years of full-time Doctoral study.

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 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.


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.

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.

Pathway convenor, Dr Michael G. Arghyrou, may be able to advise you.


Dr Michael G Arghyrou

Dr Michael G Arghyrou

Reader in Economics

+44 (0)29 2087 5515

Funding details

Tuition fee support Full UK/EU tuition fees
Maintenance stipend Doctoral stipend matching UK Research Council National Minimum
Additional funding offered An additional Research Training Support Grant (RTSG) of up to £750 for three years for full-time students (pro rata for part-time students). There are other opportunities and benefits available to studentship holders, including an overseas fieldwork allowance (if applicable), internship opportunities (if applicable) and overseas institutional visits (if applicable).

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 equivalent classification), and an appropriate Master’s degree with an average mark of at least 65% (or equivalent classification). Applications can also be considered from holders of a first-class undergraduate degree in Economics or a first-class degree strongly related to Economics. The University values diversity and equality at all levels and encourages applications from all sections of the community. We welcome applications for full time study.

Full awards (fees plus maintenance stipend) are open to UK Nationals and EU students who can satisfy UK residency requirements.


Dr Michael G Arghyrou

Dr Michael G Arghyrou

Reader in Economics

+44 (0)29 2087 5515

A completed application form for admission to Doctor of Philosophy (Economics) (October Start) in Cardiff University by the deadline of 12:00, 1 February 2019. Incomplete applications or applications received after this specified time will not be accepted.

In the “Research Proposal and Funding” section of your application, please specify the project title and supervisors of this project and copy the project description in the text box provided.

Please select “No, I am not self-funding my research” when asked whether you are self-funding your research.

Please add “ESRC Wales DTP PhD studentship in Economics” when asked “Please provide the name of the funding you are applying for”.

To apply you must include the following:

  1. Covering letter: Please address to the relevant pathway convenor (see above). 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 2+2 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
  • title, aims and purpose of the research
  • overview of the academic literature relevant to your field
  • proposed methodology
  • academic contributions of your research
  • references.


The closing deadline for applications is 12:00 noon on Friday 1 February 2019. Short-listed applicants will be invited to interview. Interviews are expected to take place in February/early March 2019.

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, successful applicants can expect to hear by mid-April 2019.

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


Dr Michael G Arghyrou

Dr Michael G Arghyrou

Reader in Economics

+44 (0)29 2087 5515

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