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PhD funding

Financial support for PhD students.

We offer a significant number of fully-funded PhD studentships to outstanding candidates looking to start in September 2019.

Contact the Doctoral Programmes Office:
mbs-pgresearch@manchester.ac.uk
+44 (0)161 275 1200

Funding opportunities

If you are an eligible postgraduate Doctoral student, you can apply for a loan of up to £25,000 to contribute to overall costs.

Read more about Doctoral loans >>

MRes & PhD (1+3 years) Programme
PhD (+3 years) Programme

Alliance Manchester Business School as part of the North-West Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership (NWSSDTP) - a major collaboration between the Universities of Manchester, Lancaster, Liverpool and Keele - is recruiting outstanding candidates for ESRC studentships commencing September 2019 through the Business and Management and Accounting and Finance pathways.

Eligibility 
Eligibility is determined by the ESRC's eligibility criteria so you are advised to read the ESRC guidance and information on the NWSSDTP website carefully before applying.
UK and EU students are eligible to apply:

  • UK applicants will be eligible for a full award paying tuition fees and maintenance
  • EU applicants are normally eligible for an award paying tuition fees only
  • EU applicants who have been resident in the UK for at least 3 years immediately preceding the date of the award are eligible for a full award paying tuition fees and maintenance

International applicants are not normally eligible for ESRC Studentships unless the proposed research is recognised as Advanced Quantitative Methods (AQM). UK, EU and international applicants wishing to study in an AQM area may apply for a full award paying tuition fees and maintenance.

Criteria
PhD (+3 years) applicants must have obtained a First or Upper Second Class Honours degree (or equivalent) and hold, or expect to obtain, a Masters-level qualification with a Distinction.

Exceptional Undergraduate students who hold, or expect to obtain, a First or Upper Second Class Honours degree (or equivalent) may apply to study as 1+3 years applicants.

How to apply
To be considered for one of these awards, there is a dual application procedure.  Candidates must submit the following:

  • Alliance Manchester Business School online PhD application (with supporting documents). Applicants are encouraged to submit their complete application as soon as possible but no later than 2 January 2019.

and

However, early applications are strongly recommended.

Enquiries
Details are available on the NWSSDTP website.

A full-time PhD research studentship, including full stipend and tuition fee costs, is available for 4 years starting September 2019. The PhD student will conduct research as part of the EPSRC Industrial CASE Award funded project “Data Transitivity Analysis for Holistic Privacy on Mobile Devices”. EPSRC Industrial CASE Awards are flagship collaboration projects between industry and academia, aiming to create the research scientists of tomorrow and deliver real value to all stakeholders.  Further information can be found here >>

Theme of the PhD projects:

The increased use of mobile devices and applications allows us to connect, work and enjoy ourselves in ever richer and more engaging ways.  Consumers welcome the low prices of mobile software applications, yet often fail to understand the dominating business models of monetising personal data which make this possible.  Even when users are aware that individual applications have access to some part of their personal data, they fail to realise that the major risks for them come from the potential integration of data from several different applications by third parties, “piecing together” a richer profile of user’s personal data, habits and activities than possible by a single application. 

The proposed PhD research will create conceptual foundations and a system which can address this and advise users how their particular combination of mobile applications may provide the conditions for privacy violations. The two closely interlinked research questions are:  firstly, what is the optimal reasoning mechanism to conduct the analysis of data transitivity relationships and interactions between existing policies in a sufficiently speedy manner to enable real-time warning of users who are in the process of installing an application, and secondly what are the factors which will impact users’ acceptance of such an advisory system.  These questions will underpin different phases of a design science-driven PhD research project conducted by the doctoral student. 

Supervision:

The successful candidate will be supervised by academics at the Management Sciences and Marketing Division at the Alliance Manchester Business School: Dr. Pedro Sampaio, Dr. Ali Owrak and Prof. Nikolay Mehandjiev.  Prof John Davies, Chief Scientist from BT, will act as external supervisor and lead the industrial input into this research.

The Management Sciences group hosts a number of leading world-class academics with an outstanding reputation for excellence in research and teaching programmes at all levels. The group has a superb research track record, with staff regularly publishing in leading international academic journals. The group maintains a deep commitment to knowledge development and collaborative research, and has long-standing connections with the business and public sector organisations.

Nature of the studentship:

The studentship will commence in September 2019 and will be available for up to four years, with a stipend equivalent to RCUK rates (approx £15,000 tax free per year, RCUK rates to be confirmed) plus an industrial top-up by BT of £6,000 per annum.  This also covers full university tuition fees (at Home/EU level), and travel support for fieldwork, conferences and annual visits to BT Research.  

Eligibility:

We are seeking applications from exceptional UK and EU students with outstanding academic background in the fields of computer science, management science or data science. You will have to demonstrate that you are highly motivated, intellectually astute, with high-level analytical competencies and development skills.

View entry requirements >> 

The studentship will be awarded on a competitive basis to an applicant with an offer to start the PhD Programme in September 2019.

Application:

To apply for this PhD studentship, please submit an online application for the full-time PhD Business and Management programme here >> 

You should indicate in your application that you are applying for the EPSRC/BT CASE PhD Studentship in Business Informatics “Data Analytics and Decision Support for Privacy by Design”.

Application deadline: 3rd May 2019

The application must contain the following:

  • A written statement clearly indicating how your research competencies and interests to date are aligned with the specific nature of this PhD project;
  • Evidence of excellent academic writing skills such as existing research paper or dissertation chapter where the applicant has been the leading author; and
  • A research proposal indicating how you would propose to address the area of investigation outlined above.

You are strongly advised to submit your application as early as possible. If you do not submit the required supporting documents outlined above by the deadline, your application will not be considered.

Enquiries

For further details about the project, you may contact Dr. Pedro Sampaio (pedro.sampaio@manchester.ac.uk), Dr. Ali Owrak (ali.owrak@manchester.ac.uk), or Prof. Nikolay Mehandjiev (nikolay.mehandjiev@manchester.ac.uk).  

For questions related to your application, contact Lynne Barlow-Cheetham (mbs-pgresearch@manchester.ac.uk)

Two PhD scholarships are available for doctoral studies in the Faculty of Humanities, The University of Manchester, commencing 2019-20. The funds are made available through the Division of Development and Alumni Relations (DDAR) from donation to The University of Manchester (please see https://your.manchester.ac.uk/ for more information).

The scholarship value is £19,500 per year for three years to cover tuition fees and maintenance allowance. Additional funding of up to £1,500 per year is available to support placement, overseas institutional visit, research training and conference attendance at the discretion of the Faculty PGR Committee Chair.

Eligibility criteria

  • Applicants must hold a 2:1 Honours and Masters degrees from a reputable higher education institution and meet the other entry requirements of the PhD programme they wish to join.
  • Applicants may be of any nationality and residency status.
  • Their proposed research project must be related to one of the University's philanthropic research themes

Although not a requirement, priority is given to candidates who have identified or developed a potential opportunity to undertake doctoral placement and/or overseas institutional visit during their PhD.

How to Apply 
Candidates must submit the following:

and

Your application will be considered for admission for the PhD programme. The School will be able to nominate up to 2 candidates of high calibre and whose research project is related to the above research theme(s). All school nominations will then be considered by the Faculty committee to select the top two Faculty nominations to be submitted to DDAR. 

Application Deadline: 8 March 2019

Enquiries

For queries regarding the PhD programme and application process, please contact the Doctoral Programmes Office at Alliance Manchester Business School: mbs-pgresearch@manchester.ac.uk

The RADMA 2019 Doctoral Studies Funding call is now open to fund students from September 2019 onwards.   

The award is focused on supporting students of research technology and innovation management and is closely associated with the R&D Management journal and conferences.  It provides up to three years’ funding to talented prospective or mid-study PhD students.  The expectation is that candidates will have a Masters degree in a relevant field or an excellent first degree or equivalent.  Candidates will be expected to complete yearly progress reports and make a copy of their thesis available to RADMA upon its completion.

Eligibility 

To be eligible for funding, you must be accepted for PhD study at a UK university (see “How to Apply” below).  Applications for the funding must be supported by the your PhD supervisor.  Awards will be granted to, and administered through, the institution and not individual candidates.  The award will cover costs related to fees and specified living expenses up to a maximum of £19,000 per academic year (pro-rata for part-time students; partial funding is a possibility) and conditional upon the receipt of acceptable annual progress reports.

For the full call for proposals, RADMA funding application forms, and terms and conditions, visit the RADMA website >>

How to Apply
There is a dual application procedure and you must submit the following:

  1. An Alliance MBS PhD application form (with supporting documents) by 18 January 2019. You should indicate in your application that you are applying for RADMA funding. You must also hold an offer for the PhD by 21 February 2019.
  2. RADMA funding application form and Application Spreadsheet (with supporting documents, specified by RADMA) via email to info@radma.net by 28 February 2019.

Enquiries

For queries regarding the PhD programme and application process, please contact the Doctoral Programmes Office at Alliance Manchester Business School: mbs-pgresearch@manchester.ac.uk

If you have any further questions about this funding, visit the RADMA website or contact RADMA directly at info@radma.net.

The University of Manchester has recently launched £2.5m investment in PhD training with the President's Doctoral Scholar (PDS) Awards. In addition to standard awards which include tuition fee and stipend, the PDS Award entitles you to an additional £1,000 p.a. enhancement to your funded stipend/living allowance.

You also have the opportunity to:

  • Attend a series of exclusive events where you'll have the opportunity to meet The University of Manchester President and Vice Chancellor, interact closely with our academic community and network with other PDS Award students
  • Benefit from international research leadership under distinguished scholars
  • Become a PDS Award ambassador for the University
  • Receive a President's Doctoral Scholar medal at graduation
  • Benefit from our extensive postgraduate researcher development and training

The prestigious PDS Awards are open to all nationalities and research areas. Decisions are based on your academic track record and evidence of your research potential.

You will only be considered for this award if you have been offered a place on an Alliance MBS PhD pathway for September 2019 entry. 

Application deadline: 30th January 2019

You are advised to submit your application as early as possible. If you don’t submit the required supporting documents by the specific deadlines your application won’t be considered.

Criteria

  • You need to have achieved a First or Upper Second Class Honours degree (or equivalent) and hold (or expect to obtain) a Masters-level qualification with Distinction.
  • You should have a track-record of research engagement (including relevant research experience and dissemination) and/or potential for outstanding research, as demonstrated in the quality of your proposal submitted as part of your application.

How to apply 
You need to submit an Alliance MBS PhD application and indicate that you wish to be considered for this funding opportunity.

The Faculty of Humanities is offering one full-time PhD studentship under the EPSRC Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) scheme for candidates commencing PhD studies in September 2019.

The studentship includes:

  • Full-time tuition fees at RCUK approved rate
  • An annual stipend starting at approx. £15,000 
  • A research training support grant (RTSG) of £1,000/year

Projects aligned to EPSRC’s shortage areas, including engineering, ICT, materials, mathematics (particularly statistics and operational research), can be considered for an enhanced stipend.

Eligibility

  • The awards are open to UK and EU candidates.
  • You must have a First or Upper Second Class Honours degree and a Masters degree with an overall mark of 60% or above, or an equivalent combination of qualifications and/or experience. You are also expected to meet the specific requirements of the intended PhD programme.
  • Depending on your residential eligibility, the award can be made as full studentship or a tuition fees only studentship. Read more >>
  • Your proposed research project must be within the remit of EPSRC’s research themes as follow:
    • Digital economy
    • Energy
    • Engineering
    • Global uncertainties
    • Healthcare technologies
    • Information and communication technologies (ICT)
    • Living with environmental change
    • Manufacturing the future
    • Mathematical sciences
    • Physical sciences
    • Quantum technologies
    • Research infrastructure

Further details on the eligible research themes and sub-themes >>

  • Awards can be converted to CASE where the projects have non-HEI collaboration, although the collaborating partner is required to provide significant cash contribution. Find out more >>
  • If you start in January you are still eligible, but you must meet the applications deadline below.
  • Students who have started the PhD are not eligible

How to apply
You need to submit an Alliance MBS PhD application by 1 March 2019 and indicate that you wish to be considered for this funding opportunity.

In addition to the standard supporting documents, you also need to submit the following:

  • A research proposal of 1,500 words maximum (not 3000 words, as stated for normal applications), excluding references. Over-length proposals are automatically excluded from consideration. At the interview, academic colleagues will have the opportunity to explore your proposal in greater depth.
  • A separate statement of fit to EPSRC research themes (maximum 250 words)

Decision Process
We are able to nominate one candidate of high calibre whose research projects are aligned with EPSRC research theme(s).

Applications are firstly considered within Alliance MBS. If successful, you will then be considered for nomination to the Faculty panel for the EPSRC DTP Studentship. School nominations must be sent to Faculty by 26 April 2019. Applications sent directly to the Faculty Office by the applicant or the supervisor will not be accepted by the Faculty.

The Faculty panel, consisting of School Postgraduate Research Directors and the Faculty Assistant Associate Dean will consider nominations based on:

  • Proposal quality and research potential
  • Academic track record
  • How well the proposed project fits with the EPSRC research theme(s)

The Faculty will communicate the outcome to Schools and send offer letters to successful candidates outlining the award details and conditions.

These PhD studentships offer 3 years’ funding, including doctoral programme tuition fees and a stipend of approximately £15,000 per year. You also receive a generous research support and conference allowance.

You will have access to:

  • A robust doctoral research training programme
  • Dedicated research resources
  • Training in transferable skills
  • Visiting speaker seminar programme
  • Existing research centres and groups

In addition, you are encouraged to undertake training and development in teaching and deliver teaching and/or research assistantship duties on a paid basis to further enhance your experience in preparation for your future career.

We are seeking applications from exceptional UK, EU and international students with outstanding academic backgrounds and research proposals in the following areas:

PhD Accounting and Finance

  • Auditing and Accountability
  • Management Accounting
  • Market Based Accounting Research
  • Asset Pricing and Market Microstructure
  • Corporate Finance and Corporate Governance
  • Financial Econometrics

PhD Business and Management

  • Critical Management Studies
  • Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations
  • International Business and Management
  • Decision Science
  • Information Systems
  • Operational Research
  • Marketing
  • Innovation Management
  • Health Management
  • Organisational Studies
  • Fairness and Dignity at Work
  • Organisational Psychology
  • Data Science
  • Information Management
  • Operations Management
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Innovation Policy
  • Strategy

PhD Science, Technology and Innovation Policy

  • Assessment and governance of emerging technologies
  • Responsibility in research and innovation
  • Managing and measuring science, technology and innovation policy
  • Knowledge production, innovation, technology deployment, and user engagement
  • Roles for universities, public research centres, and other organisations in science and innovation
  • Evaluation, foresight and strategic intelligence in science, technology and innovation policy

Eligibility
You must have a First or Upper Second Class Honours degree (or equivalent) and hold or expect to obtain a Masters level qualification with Distinction. English Language requirements (where required) are IELTS 7.0 or TOEFL 623 (100 internet-based test) PTE 66.

The scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis to applicants with an offer to start the PhD Programme in September 2019.

You are strongly advised to submit your application as early as possible. If you don’t submit the required supporting documents by the specific deadlines your application will not be considered.

Application Deadline: 29 March 2019

How to apply

You need to submit an Alliance MBS PhD application and indicate that you wish to be considered for this funding opportunity.

Application Deadline: 3 May 2019

Two full-time PhD research scholarships, including stipend and tuition fee costs, are available for September 2019. The two PhD students will conduct research as part of the Alliance Research Grant funded project “Reconfiguring institutional investment and corporate governance: standards, commercialisation, indexation and the shifting jurisdictional authority of accounting and finance professionals and professional practice.

Theme of the PhD projects:

Professions and professionals play a crucial role in shaping institutions given their ability to simultaneously create, legitimise and control the knowledge and practices that govern various elements of everyday life. They are widely perceived as primary societal institutional agents who have assumed central roles in creating, disrupting and maintaining prevailing institutions. In the past decade, the accounting profession has undertaken extensive efforts to expand its jurisdictional authority into a variety of new domains linked to improved corporate governance. This attempted positioning has engendered significant competition from competing bodies of professional experts simultaneously seeking to claim exclusive rights to work in similar areas. Moreover, these attempted expansions in the jurisdiction have had considerable implications for the public interest role the accounting profession purports to prioritise given the often commercially driven motivations underlying these expansionary efforts. The two PhD projects will build on ongoing work at the Alliance Manchester Business School in the Accounting and Finance Division by Professor Chris Humphrey and Professor Brendan O’Dwyer, which seeks to significantly enhance our understanding of how the professionalisation of new fields by accounting professionals is emerging in three key areas: the development of standards in sustainability reporting and assurance; the processes through which Big 4 professional services firms are professionalising the area of human rights; and the jurisdictional power and consequences of indexation in different domains.

The PhD projects will be qualitative in nature combining detailed case studies of organisations, extensive investigative work analysing official websites, publications, social media and other pertinent material, together with in-depth interviews with key actors associated with the establishment and development of standard setting in the fields of sustainability and human rights accounting.

Supervision:

The successful candidates will be jointly supervised by Professor Chris Humphrey and Professor Brendan O’Dwyer of the Division of Accounting and Finance in the Alliance Manchester Business School. The Division is one of the leading accounting and finance units in Europe with an outstanding reputation for excellence in research and teaching programmes at all levels. With an intellectual tradition rooted in the social sciences, the Division has a superb research track record, with staff regularly publishing in leading international academic journals. The Division maintains a deep commitment to knowledge development and policy engagement and has long-standing connections with the business, financial and public sectors. Home to over 50 academic and research staff, the Division engages in research of an innovative and interdisciplinary nature covering important, conceptual and practice/policy-relevant issues.

Nature of the scholarships:

The scholarships will commence in September 2019 and will be available for up to three years, with a stipend equivalent to RCUK rates (approximately £15,000 per year), full university tuition fees (at Home and/or International level), and travel support for fieldwork and conferences.  

Eligibility:

We are seeking applications from exceptional UK, EU and international students with outstanding academic backgrounds. You will have to demonstrate that you are highly motivated, intellectually astute, with high-level analytical competencies, and experience of qualitative research design and application.

You must have a First or Upper Second Class Honours degree (or equivalent) and hold, or expect to obtain, a Masters level qualification with Distinction. English Language requirements (where required) are IELTS 7.0, TOEFL 623 (100 internet based test), or PTE 66.

The scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis to applicants with an offer to start the PhD Programme in September 2019.

Application:

To apply for one of the PhD scholarships, please submit an online application for the full-time PhD Accounting and Finance programme via https://www.mbs.ac.uk/study/phd/.  The application deadline is 3 May 2019. 

The application must contain the following:

  • A written statement clearly indicating how your research competencies and interests to date are aligned with the specific nature of the PhD projects;
  • Evidence of excellent writing skills; and
  • A research proposal indicating how you would propose to address one of three areas of investigation outlined above.

You are strongly advised to submit your application as early as possible. If you do not submit the required supporting documents outlined above by the deadline, your application will not be considered.

Closing Date: Closed

The University of Manchester is pleased to announce a formal Agreement with the China Scholarship Council (CSC) to develop research collaborations between UK and Chinese universities/research institutions.

Benefits

  • The University of Manchester will cover your full tuition fees for the period of the programme as outlined in the offer letter (usually 3 years)
  • The CSC provides living allowances as prescribed from time to time by the Chinese Government, and covers the round-trip airfare for you from China to the United Kingdom, visa and passport application fees.

If your application is successful, you will be responsible for arranging your visa into the country, and The University of Manchester will not be responsible or liable in any way for a failure to obtain a visa or other requisite paperwork for entry and study in Manchester.

Criteria

  • You must be a citizen and permanent resident of the People’s Republic of China at the time of application. If you are an overseas based Chines student, you may be eligible subject to CSC policy at the time (CSC publicises the policy in October or November every year)
  • If your application is successful you must return to China upon completion of your studies and/or research
  • You must hold an unconditional offer letter from The University of Manchester. They must therefore fulfil the relevant academic entry requirements set by Alliance Manchester Business School at The University of Manchester, including a high level of English language proficiency
  • Candidates should satisfy the selection criteria set out by CSC.

Application and selection process

  • You need to submit a PhD application to The University of Manchester. You need to specify in your application that you wish to apply for The University of Manchester/CSC joint scholarship scheme.
  • The University of Manchester will evaluate all applications and rank them in priority order.
  • After receiving an offer letter from The University of Manchester, you must also apply to CSC for funding by completing an online application for funding.
  • CSC will evaluate all of the applications according to their requirements and priorities, and provide The University of Manchester with a final list of scholarship recipients and inform the successful candidates.

For CSC-related queries, contact: Shemsah Farooq, International Officer, International Development, The University of Manchester (shemsah.farooq@manchester.ac.uk; +44 (0)161 306 3755)

This PhD scholarship offers three years’ funding, including tuition fees and a stipend of approximately £15,000 per year for candidates wishing to commence their studies in September 2019.  The successful candidate will also receive a generous research support and conference allowance.  You will also have access to a robust doctoral research training programme, dedicated research resources, training in transferable skills, visiting speaker seminar programme, and associate with existing research centres and groups.

Students will benefit from the state-of-the-art facilities at the newly refurbished Business School including a new Learning Resources Centre, Data Analytics Visualisation Lab and a Behavioural Economics and Strategic Management Laboratory.  In addition, all students are encouraged to undertake training and development in teaching and deliver teaching and/or research assistantship duties on a paid basis to further enhance their experience in preparation for their future careers.

The Project

The gig economy and platform-based working are increasingly being debated as an illustration of the impact of technology on the future world of work.  This project will investigate platform-based working as a form of work organisation and investigate working practices and experiences.  The focus will be on the under-researched area of intermediary firms, who have emerged to provide a bridge between workers and clients, filtering work requests to the platform.  These emerging networks create long supply chains, many of which contain the features of fragmented and globally dispersed production. The research will adopt a case study approach to enable in-depth exploration of the key issues.  The research will involve the network itself as well as the experiences of workers in order to study the interaction and complex links between the two.  Detailed research will enable an appreciation of the complex social units in terms of organising and operational principles, governance issues, power and social relations, and working conditions. 

The candidate will be supervised from within the Work and Equalities Institute (WEI), alongside the Institute’s broader research interests concerning the future of work. 

Entry Requirements

Applications for this project are sought from exceptional UK, EU and international students with an outstanding academic background.

Applicants must have a First or Upper Second Class Honours degree (or equivalent) and hold or expect to obtain a Masters level qualification with Distinction. English Language requirements (where required) are IELTS 7.0, TOEFL 623 (100 ibt), PTE 66.

How to apply

Candidates should submit a PhD application for the PhD Business and Management and indicate that they wish to be considered for this project.

Your application must contain a 3000-word research proposal related to the topic.

Candidates are strongly advised to submit their application as early as possible. Candidates who do not submit the required supporting documents by the specific deadlines will not be considered.

Application deadline: 29 March 2019

Enquiries

For further details about the project, please contact Professor Debra Howcroft at debra.howcroft@manchester.ac.uk.

For questions related to making your application, please contact Lynne Barlow-Cheetham in the Doctoral Programmes Office: mbs-pgresearch@manchester.ac.uk

This PhD scholarship offers three years’ funding, including tuition fees and a stipend of approximately £15,000 per year for candidates wishing to commence their studies in September 2019.  The successful candidate will also receive a generous research support and conference allowance.  You will also have access to a robust doctoral research training programme, dedicated research resources, training in transferable skills, visiting speaker seminar programme, and associate with existing research centres and groups.

Students will benefit from the state-of-the-art facilities at the newly refurbished Business School including a new Learning Resources Centre, Data Analytics Visualisation Lab and a Behavioural Economics and Strategic Management Laboratory.  In addition, all students are encouraged to undertake training and development in teaching and deliver teaching and/or research assistantship duties on a paid basis to further enhance their experience in preparation for their future careers.

The Project

Business leaders, governments and researchers expect that Big Data will drive the next big change in business practices. However, to be part of this change, companies need to revisit ways in which they manage their structural and human capital. We know relatively little about the ways in which businesses embrace opportunities presented by Big Data, and research in this area remains limited.

The aim of the proposed research project is to investigate the use of data analytics techniques in the context of financial statement auditing, including the challenges and capabilities required of audit professionals in Big Data environments. This project will draw on qualitative research methods, such as interviews with audit practitioners and stakeholders, to provide empirically drawn insights that may assist further developments in practice and regulation.

The candidate will be supervised from within the Accounting and Finance Division of Alliance Manchester Business School.

Entry Requirements

Applications for this project are sought from exceptional UK, EU and international students with an outstanding academic background.

Applicants must have a First or Upper Second Class Honours degree (or equivalent) and hold or expect to obtain a Masters level qualification with Distinction. English Language requirements (where required) are IELTS 7.0, TOEFL 623 (100 ibt), PTE 66.

How to apply

Candidates should submit a PhD application for the PhD Accounting and Finance and indicate that they wish to be considered for this project.

Your application must contain a 3000-word research proposal related to the topic.

Candidates are strongly advised to submit their application as early as possible. Candidates who do not submit the required supporting documents by the specific deadlines will not be considered.

Application deadline: 29 March 2019

Enquiries

For further details about the project, please contact Dr. Anna Samsonova-Taddei at anna.samsonova-taddei@manchester.ac.uk.

For questions related to making your application, please contact Lynne Barlow-Cheetham in the Doctoral Programmes Office: mbs-pgresearch@manchester.ac.uk

This PhD scholarship offers three years’ funding, including tuition fees and a stipend of approximately £15,000 per year for candidates wishing to commence their studies in September 2019.  The successful candidate will also receive a generous research support and conference allowance.  You will also have access to a robust doctoral research training programme, dedicated research resources, training in transferable skills, visiting speaker seminar programme, and associate with existing research centres and groups.

Students will benefit from the state-of-the-art facilities at the newly refurbished Business School including a new Learning Resources Centre, Data Analytics Visualisation Lab and a Behavioural Economics and Strategic Management Laboratory.  In addition, all students are encouraged to undertake training and development in teaching and deliver teaching and/or research assistantship duties on a paid basis to further enhance their experience in preparation for their future careers.

The Project

Seeking a high-quality researcher to conduct a PhD on the effects of industry 4.0 on supply chain management. More specifically, the PhD will be an empirical qualitative study looking across one or several organisational supply chains that are or have implemented some Industry 4.0 strategy to implement socially responsible supply chain practices. The project may consider, but is not limited to how the following industry 4.0 technologies - Blockchain, 3D printing, Artificial Intelligence, Big Data and Internet of Things - are changing socially responsible supply chain practices. This is a broad topic and we will expect to see in the research proposal that candidates have focused into a topic of their own interest that is novel and can make a contribution to knowledge.

The successful candidate will be expected to publish papers in high-quality journals as part of their PhD. The applicant will work with the supervisors to find their own data by securing access to suitable organisational contexts. Although not a requirement it will be beneficial for applicants to have worked in industry or have good industry contacts as this will help to secure access for data collection.

The candidate will be co-supervised by Dr. Chris M. Smith and Dr. Fahian Huq within the Management Sciences group at Alliance Manchester Business School, The University of Manchester.

Entry Requirements

Applications for this project are sought from exceptional UK, EU and international students with an outstanding academic background.

Applicants must have a First or Upper Second Class Honours degree (or equivalent) and hold or expect to obtain a Masters level qualification with Distinction. English Language requirements (where required) are IELTS 7.0, TOEFL 623 (100 ibt), PTE 66.

How to apply

Candidates should submit a PhD application for the PhD Business and Management and indicate that they wish to be considered for this project.

Your application must contain a 3000-word research proposal related to the topic.

Candidates are strongly advised to submit their application as early as possible. Candidates who do not submit the required supporting documents by the specific deadlines will not be considered.

Application deadline: 29 March 2019

Enquiries

For further details about the project, please contact Dr. Chris Smith at christopher.smith@manchester.ac.uk

For questions related to making your application, please contact Lynne Barlow-Cheetham in the Doctoral Programmes Office: mbs-pgresearch@manchester.ac.uk

This PhD scholarship offers three years’ funding, including tuition fees and a stipend of approximately £15,000 per year for candidates wishing to commence their studies in September 2019.  The successful candidate will also receive a generous research support and conference allowance.  You will also have access to a robust doctoral research training programme, dedicated research resources, training in transferable skills, visiting speaker seminar programme, and associate with existing research centres and groups.

Students will benefit from the state-of-the-art facilities at the newly refurbished Business School including a new Learning Resources Centre, Data Analytics Visualisation Lab and a Behavioural Economics and Strategic Management Laboratory.  In addition, all students are encouraged to undertake training and development in teaching and deliver teaching and/or research assistantship duties on a paid basis to further enhance their experience in preparation for their future careers.

The Project

The PhD will undertake research at the interface of innovation studies and urban studies that synthesises two debates: first, the emergence of digital platforms as a new business model; and second, urban transitions to sustainable mobility.

Digital platforms are mediating many areas of life and have often been understood through the lens of business models. It is cities, though, where many platforms are being experimented with. This appears to have implications for how urban services, such as mobility, energy, water and waste, are organised. This PhD will focus on mobility, where a large number of platforms, such as ride-hailing, journey planning and on-demand mobility services, are emerging. The successful applicant will undertake theoretically-informed case study research on how platforms are being experimented with in particular cities and the implications for urban mobility transitions.

The successful candidate will be supervised by Dr. Mike Hodson and Professor Andrew McMeekin, be based in the Sustainable Consumption Institute, and will also be a member of the IMP Division of Alliance Manchester Business School.

Entry Requirements

Applications for this project are sought from exceptional UK, EU and international students with an outstanding academic background.

Applicants must have a First or Upper Second Class Honours degree (or equivalent) and hold or expect to obtain a Masters level qualification with Distinction. English Language requirements (where required) are IELTS 7.0, TOEFL 623 (100 ibt), PTE 66.

How to apply

Candidates should submit a PhD application for the PhD Business and Management and indicate that they wish to be considered for this project.

Your application must contain a 3000-word research proposal related to the topic.

Candidates are strongly advised to submit their application as early as possible. Candidates who do not submit the required supporting documents by the specific deadlines will not be considered.

Application deadline: 29 March 2019

Enquiries

For further details about the project, please contact Dr. Michael Hodson at michael.hodson@manchester.ac.uk.

For questions related to making your application, please contact Lynne Barlow-Cheetham in the Doctoral Programmes Office: mbs-pgresearch@manchester.ac.uk

This PhD scholarship offers three years’ funding, including tuition fees and a stipend of approximately £15,000 per year for candidates wishing to commence their studies in September 2019.  The successful candidate will also receive a generous research support and conference allowance.  You will also have access to a robust doctoral research training programme, dedicated research resources, training in transferable skills, visiting speaker seminar programme, and associate with existing research centres and groups.

Students will benefit from the state-of-the-art facilities at the newly refurbished Business School including a new Learning Resources Centre, Data Analytics Visualisation Lab and a Behavioural Economics and Strategic Management Laboratory.  In addition, all students are encouraged to undertake training and development in teaching and deliver teaching and/or research assistantship duties on a paid basis to further enhance their experience in preparation for their future careers.

The Project

This project will study the interactions between Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspectors who monitor and inspect residential care homes for older people, and

  1. Corporate level and care home level managers in care home groups/chains
  2. Residents of those care homes and their advocates involved in inspections

The aims are to extend the theory of ideal regulatory relationship types; study the impact of service user knowledge on regulation, and examine organisational learning within regulatory regimes.

The research is likely to include surveys of care home managers and CQC inspectors to identify different approaches to interaction; and in-depth investigation of regulatory inspection visits and other meetings through interviews, observations and documentary analysis.

The project forms part of a programme of research on CQC which began in 2013 and offers scope for substantial impact on regulatory policy and practice.  Membership of the cross-faculty Institute for Health Policy and Organisation and good links with researchers on health and social care regulation in other European countries will provide opportunities for networking and personal development.

Entry Requirements

Applications for this project are sought from exceptional UK, EU and international students with an outstanding academic background.

Applicants must have a First or Upper Second Class Honours degree (or equivalent) and hold or expect to obtain a Masters level qualification with Distinction. English Language requirements (where required) are IELTS 7.0, TOEFL 623 (100 ibt), PTE 66.

How to apply

Candidates should submit a PhD application for the PhD Business and Management and indicate that they wish to be considered for this project.

Your application must contain a 3000-word research proposal related to the topic.

Candidates are strongly advised to submit their application as early as possible. Candidates who do not submit the required supporting documents by the specific deadlines will not be considered.

Application deadline: 29 March 2019

Enquiries

For further details about the project, please contact Alan Boyd at alan.boyd@manchester.ac.uk.

For questions related to making your application, please contact Lynne Barlow-Cheetham in the Doctoral Programmes Office: mbs-pgresearch@manchester.ac.uk

This PhD scholarship offers three years’ funding, including tuition fees and a stipend of approximately £15,000 per year for candidates wishing to commence their studies in September 2019.  The successful candidate will also receive a generous research support and conference allowance.  You will also have access to a robust doctoral research training programme, dedicated research resources, training in transferable skills, visiting speaker seminar programme, and associate with existing research centres and groups.

Students will benefit from the state-of-the-art facilities at the newly refurbished Business School including a new Learning Resources Centre, Data Analytics Visualisation Lab and a Behavioural Economics and Strategic Management Laboratory.  In addition, all students are encouraged to undertake training and development in teaching and deliver teaching and/or research assistantship duties on a paid basis to further enhance their experience in preparation for their future careers.

The Project

Manchester Institute of Innovation Research (MIoIR) seeks to recruit a highly motivated individual to study the research quality notions in physics research fields and the ways these interact with quality notions emergent in research policy spaces. The project focuses on the institutional and organisational conditions of research quality and the mechanisms through which dominant notions are institutionalised and change.

The position is part of the R-Quest research centre: a collaboration between the MIoIR, NIFU and The University of Oslo (Norway), Aarhus University (Denmark), CWTS, Leiden University (the Netherlands) and KTH (Sweden). The PhD will conduct case studies to unpack the research field-specific research quality notions and the mechanisms through which these interact with notions from research policy (and other institutional arrangements). Integrated within the R-Quest centre and the MIoIR research group working on the dynamics of science and universities, innovation policy and innovation in firms, the PhD will have an excellent environment for development.

The candidate will be supervised by Prof Maria Nedeva and Prof Joseph Lampel, and follow the Science, Technology and Innovation Policy PhD pathway.

Entry Requirements

Applications for this project are sought from exceptional UK, EU and international students with an outstanding academic background in science and technology studies, politics, sociology, management or organisational studies and with experience in qualitative research.

Applicants must have a First or Upper Second Class Honours degree (or equivalent) and hold or expect to obtain a Masters level qualification with Distinction. English Language requirements (where required) are IELTS 7.0, TOEFL 623 (100 ibt), PTE 66.

How to apply

Candidates should submit a PhD application for the PhD Science, Technology and Innovation Policy and indicate that they wish to be considered for this project.

Your application must contain a 3000-word research proposal related to the topic.

Candidates are strongly advised to submit their application as early as possible. Candidates who do not submit the required supporting documents by the specific deadlines will not be considered.

Application deadline: 29 March 2019

Enquiries

For further details about the project, please contact Professor Maria Nedeva at maria.nedeva@manchester.ac.uk.

For questions related to making your application, please contact Lynne Barlow-Cheetham in the Doctoral Programmes Office: mbs-pgresearch@manchester.ac.uk

This PhD scholarship offers three years’ funding, including tuition fees and a stipend of approximately £15,000 per year for candidates wishing to commence their studies in September 2019.  The successful candidate will also receive a generous research support and conference allowance.  You will also have access to a robust doctoral research training programme, dedicated research resources, training in transferable skills, visiting speaker seminar programme, and associate with existing research centres and groups.

Students will benefit from the state-of-the-art facilities at the newly refurbished Business School including a new Learning Resources Centre, Data Analytics Visualisation Lab and a Behavioural Economics and Strategic Management Laboratory.  In addition, all students are encouraged to undertake training and development in teaching and deliver teaching and/or research assistantship duties on a paid basis to further enhance their experience in preparation for their future careers.

The Project

The PhD project addresses current calls for more research on firm and user-generated content and associated performance implications for firms; these calls can be found in top-tier international research journals. In particular, the proposed project (1) explores the content characteristics of firm-created advertising, user-generated media and the potential synergies among them, and (2) is motivated by a need to better understand how communications content is related to the efficiency of a planned marketing campaign, consumer perceptions and, ultimately, business outcomes. Using state-of-the-art econometric modelling techniques, the project follows the evolution of communication content dynamics over time. Insights from these analyses will be related back to firm performance, providing firms with actionable managerial recommendations.

The proposed PhD project will be undertaken within the newly formed marketing management and strategy research group of the Management Sciences & Marketing (MSM) Division of the Alliance Manchester Business School.

Entry Requirements

Applications for this project are sought from exceptional UK, EU and international students with an outstanding academic background.

Applicants must have a First or Upper Second Class Honours degree (or equivalent) and hold or expect to obtain a Masters level qualification with Distinction. English Language requirements (where required) are IELTS 7.0, TOEFL 623 (100 ibt), PTE 66.

How to apply

Candidates should submit a PhD application for the PhD Business and Management and indicate that they wish to be considered for this project.

Your application must contain a 3000-word research proposal related to the topic.

Candidates are strongly advised to submit their application as early as possible. Candidates who do not submit the required supporting documents by the specific deadlines will not be considered.

Application deadline: 29 March 2019

Enquiries

For further details about the project, please contact Professor Bryan Lukas at bryan.lukas@manchester.ac.uk.

For questions related to making your application, please contact Lynne Barlow-Cheetham in the Doctoral Programmes Office: mbs-pgresearch@manchester.ac.uk

This PhD scholarship offers 3.5 years’ funding, including doctoral programme tuition fees and a stipend of approximately £20,500 per year for candidates wishing to commence their studies in September 2019.  The successful candidate will also receive a generous travel and conference allowance.  You will also have access to a robust doctoral research training programme, dedicated research resources, training in transferable skills, visiting speaker seminar programme, and associate with existing research centres and groups. In addition, all students are encouraged to undertake training and development in teaching and deliver teaching and/or research assistantship duties on a paid basis to further enhance their experience in preparation for their future careers.

The PhD student will spend 50% of their time in Turing Institute and receive all training pertaining to state-of-the-art AI techniques and machine learning models. The other 50% of the time will be spent working at the University of Manchester on the understanding the management of business supply chain and how it intertwined with modern slavery around the world. The student will also have the opportunity to spend time with the Greater Manchester Police Modern Slavery Unit to gain first-hand experience of victim support.

The Project

Many consumer goods sold in the UK are produced using supply chains containing people being forced to work under unacceptable conditions. In 2017 the ILO estimated that 25 million people worldwide worked in conditions of forced labour [1]. The UK Government estimated the total economic cost of modern slavery within the UK in 2016/17 to be “between £3.3bn and £4.3bn” [2]. To effectively combat such a complex and global issue, we will need a global network and a global database of forced labour incidents that will allow decentralised information to be captured and updated. A decentralised blockchain system can fulfill this task while enabling important stakeholders such as NGO’s (e.g. UNICEF, Save the Children etc.), police and relevant institutions (e.g. the accountancy profession, assurers for corporate social responsibility statements and MSA-TISC reports) to judge and control their trustworthiness. In order for this blockchain to work effectively, many AI support modules are needed.  There is a wide range of potentially interesting tasks here, including the intelligent aggregation of data and the deduction of precise location data from free form descriptions.

The blockchain design and construction go hand in hand with the AI modules needed to support it. While the fundamental attributes of a good permissioned blockchain is well defined and contained, the list of AI modules that one can develop to support such an enterprise is almost endless. A more social science approach might focus on the victims support while the incident is being investigated, this proposal focused on tackling the business corporations that intentionally or unintentionally involved in modern slavery exploitations. Following one of the UN guiding principles, this PhD project focus on corporate social responsibility and their legal commitment under the UK Modern Slavery Act 2015 to ensure that their business and their global supply chain is free of human trafficking and modern slavery exploitations both in the UK and globally.  The planned AI support covers four areas: (i) data filtering and intel assessment (of all incidents recorded on the blockchain), (ii) the use of Google map and Google translate to manage and improve the quality of input typically incomplete and ad hoc due to the nature of tip-offs, (iii) data security and encryption search to protect the sensitive and confidential nature of the data and (iv) off-Chain data analysis to support the research on the distribution and forecasting of modern slavery and the risk factors.

References:

[1] ILO Report, Global Estimates of Modern Slavery

[2] Reed, Sasha; Roe, Stephen; Grimshaw, James; Oliver Rhys; Home Office Report. The economic and social costs of modern slavery  

Entry Requirements

Applications for this project are sought from exceptional UK, EU and international students with an outstanding academic background.

Applicants must have a First or Upper Second Class Honours degree (or equivalent) and hold or expect to obtain a Masters level qualification with Distinction. English Language requirements (where required) are IELTS 7.0, TOEFL 623 (100 ibt), PTE 66.

How to apply

Candidates should submit a PhD application for the PhD Accounting and Finance and indicate that they wish to be considered for this project.

Your application must contain a 3000-word research proposal related to the topic.

Candidates are strongly advised to submit their application as early as possible. Candidates who do not submit the required supporting documents by the specific deadlines will not be considered.

Application deadline:  31 January 2019

Enquiries

For further details about the project, please contact Professor Ser-Huang Poon at: ser-huang.poon@manchester.ac.uk.

For questions related to making your application, please contact Lynne Barlow-Cheetham in the Doctoral Programmes Office: mbs-pgresearch@manchester.ac.uk

This PhD scholarship offers three years’ funding, including tuition fees and a stipend of approximately £15,000 per year for candidates wishing to commence their studies in September 2019.  The successful candidate will also receive a generous research support and conference allowance.  You will also have access to a robust doctoral research training programme, dedicated research resources, training in transferable skills, visiting speaker seminar programme, and associate with existing research centres and groups.

Students will benefit from the state-of-the-art facilities at the newly refurbished Business School including a new Learning Resources Centre, Data Analytics Visualisation Lab and a Behavioural Economics and Strategic Management Laboratory.  In addition, all students are encouraged to undertake training and development in teaching and deliver teaching and/or research assistantship duties on a paid basis to further enhance their experience in preparation for their future careers.

The Project

Situated in the Work and Equalities Institute (WEI) at Alliance Manchester Business School, the scholarship will provide an excellent opportunity for a suitable candidate to develop their research skills and knowledge primarily within the fields of human resource management and employment relations.

The topic of the research will be to examine the effects of labour market discrimination and bullying harassment on employee well-being and engagement. The proposed research will have a comparative dimension through the analysis of international datasets exploring the effects of differences in employee voice between varying institutional and cultural contexts in Europe.

We are seeking an exceptional candidate with an interest in labour market inequalities, employment relations and/or human resource management. Although past quantitative research training at undergraduate or postgraduate level is desirable, the scholarship will provide an opportunity for a suitable candidate, who can demonstrate foundational skills and an aptitude, to develop strong quantitative data analysis skills during the course of the doctorate.   

Entry Requirements

Applications for this project are sought from exceptional UK, EU and international students with an outstanding academic background.

Applicants must have a First or Upper Second Class Honours degree (or equivalent) and hold or expect to obtain a Masters level qualification with Distinction. English Language requirements (where required) are IELTS 7.0, TOEFL 623 (100 ibt), PTE 66.

How to apply

Candidates should submit a PhD application for the PhD Business and Management and indicate that they wish to be considered for this project.

Your application must contain a 3000-word research proposal related to the topic.

Candidates are strongly advised to submit their application as early as possible. Candidates who do not submit the required supporting documents by the specific deadlines will not be considered.

Application deadline:  29 March 2019

Enquiries

For further details about the project, please contact Dr. Anthony Rafferty at anthony.rafferty@manchester.ac.uk.

For questions related to making your application, please contact Lynne Barlow-Cheetham in the Doctoral Programmes Office: mbs-pgresearch@manchester.ac.uk

This PhD scholarship offers three years’ funding, including tuition fees and a stipend of approximately £15,000 per year for candidates wishing to commence their studies in September 2019.  The successful candidate will also receive a generous research support and conference allowance.  You will also have access to a robust doctoral research training programme, dedicated research resources, training in transferable skills, visiting speaker seminar programme, and associate with existing research centres and groups.

Students will benefit from state-of-the-art facilities at the newly refurbished Business School including a new Learning Resources Centre, Data Analytics Visualisation Lab and a Behavioural Economics and Strategic Management Laboratory.  All students are encouraged to undertake training and development in teaching and deliver teaching and/or research assistantship duties on a paid basis to further enhance their experience in preparation for their future careers.

The Project

The aim of this PhD project is to develop flexible data-driven/surrogate-assisted/Bayesian optimisation methods that, based on data from a time-consuming process simulator, discover robust and cost-efficient manufacturing processes and supply chains in personalised healthcare. In addition to time-consuming evaluations, the optimiser needs to account for other problem features, such as mixed-type decision variables, multiple objective functions and constraints, and noise. Furthermore, user preferences may need to be accounted for during the optimisation procedure.

This is a collaborative and interdisciplinary project providing the student with academic and industrial guidance in terms of resource-constrained optimisation, drug manufacturing, supply chain management, and multi-criteria decision making. The student will have the opportunity to validate the methods developed in a real-world environment.

The potential impact and benefit of this project go beyond simply academic achievements and commercialisation. The innovation resulting from this project has the potential to move the reality of targeted healthcare forward and contribute to a step change for many patients in terms of widened access to new treatments.

The candidate will be supervised from the Decision and Cognitive Sciences Research Centre, and link with the School of Computer Science (The University of Manchester) and notable groups in the UK and Europe.

Entry Requirements

Applications for this project are sought from exceptional UK, EU and international students with an outstanding academic background in a quantitative subject such as Computer Science, Mathematics, Operations Research. The successful candidate must have a strong programming background (Python/C/C++/Java/R) and good analytical and communication skills. An understanding of expensive (surrogate-assisted/Bayesian) optimisation and/or multi-criteria optimisation/decision-making is highly desirable.

Applicants must have a First or Upper Second Class Honours degree (or equivalent) and hold or expect to obtain a Masters level qualification with Distinction. English Language requirements (where required) are IELTS 7.0, TOEFL 623 (100 ibt), PTE 66.

How to apply

Candidates should submit a PhD application for the PhD Business and Management and indicate that they wish to be considered for this project.

Your application must contain a 3000-word research proposal related to the topic.

Candidates are strongly advised to submit their application as early as possible. Candidates who do not submit the required supporting documents by the specific deadlines will not be considered.

Application deadline:  29 March 2019

Enquiries

For further details about the project, please contact Dr. Richard Allmendinger at richard.allmendinger@manchester.ac.uk.

For questions related to making your application, please contact Lynne Barlow-Cheetham in the Doctoral Programmes Office: mbs-pgresearch@manchester.ac.uk

This PhD scholarship offers three years’ funding, including tuition fees and a stipend of approximately £15,000 per year for candidates wishing to commence their studies in September 2019.  The successful candidate will also receive a generous research support and conference allowance.  You will also have access to a robust doctoral research training programme, dedicated research resources, training in transferable skills, visiting speaker seminar programme, and associate with existing research centres and groups.

Students will benefit from the state-of-the-art facilities at the newly refurbished Business School including a new Learning Resources Centre, Data Analytics Visualisation Lab and a Behavioural Economics and Strategic Management Laboratory.  In addition, all students are encouraged to undertake training and development in teaching and deliver teaching and/or research assistantship duties on a paid basis to further enhance their experience in preparation for their future careers.

The Project

The purchasing of goods and services by the public sector is a significant part of economic activity in all developed economies. Public procurement is a key, yet under-exploited, industrial policy tool, capable of stimulating innovative activities, shaping the transformation of production systems and fostering industrial renewal. The increasing quality and availability of large administrative datasets of public sector activities is opening up significant new opportunities for research in this field, with the potential to better inform policies and practice.

This project seeks to exploit unstructured data from patents, publications and new open sources of “big data” to investigate the influences of public procurement on innovation. It will address the following major questions:

  • To what extent, and how, are government actors strategically using public procurement to pursue industrial policy goals?
  • How does public demand shape the innovative performance of firms?
  • How does public procurement influence industrial structure, industrial renewal and diversification?

The successful candidate will be supervised from the Manchester Institute of Innovation Research, which has pioneered studies of public procurement and innovation.

Entry Requirements

Applications are sought from UK, EU and international candidates with an outstanding academic background, particularly in economics, data science, innovation studies or a related discipline. Demonstrable quantitative skills will be essential and an interdisciplinary background will be an advantage.  The candidate should be willing to attend specialist innovation policy courses as well as advanced training in data science, and be familiar with key programming languages (e.g. STATA and R), social network analysis techniques, and/or have some experience with text mining or other work with unstructured data.

Applicants must have a First or Upper Second Class Honours degree (or equivalent) and hold or expect to obtain a Masters level qualification with Distinction. English Language requirements (where required) are IELTS 7.0, TOEFL 623 (100 ibt), PTE 66.

How to apply

Candidates should submit a PhD application for the PhD Science, Technology & Innovation Policy and indicate that they wish to be considered for this project.

Your application must contain a 3000-word research proposal related to the topic.

Candidates are strongly advised to submit their application as early as possible. Candidates who do not submit the required supporting documents by the specific deadlines will not be considered.

Application deadline:  29 March 2019

Enquiries

For further details about the project, please contact Dr. Elvira Uyarra at elvira.uyarra@manchester.ac.uk.

For questions related to making your application, please contact Lynne Barlow-Cheetham in the Doctoral Programmes Office: mbs-pgresearch@manchester.ac.uk

Application Deadline: 3rd May 2019

A full-time PhD research scholarship, including stipend and tuition fee costs, is available for September 2019. This position is an opportunity for an ambitious and engaged candidate who wishes to pursue doctoral studies in the area of strategic decision making and data visualisation.

The scholarship is part of a major collaborative research programme between The University of Manchester and the global fast moving consumer goods company Unilever, funded under the EPSRC Prosperity Partnership Centre in Advanced Fluid Engineering for Digital Manufacturing (CAFE4DM). The position is available to applicants who meet the programme entry requirements and who have outstanding potential as a researcher in the field of information visualisation for decision support.

The studentship will cover students who are classed as ‘Home’ under the EPSRC eligibility criteria.

The CAFE4DM research programme

We are engaged in an exciting academic-industry project on the digitalization of R&D and innovation processes in Unilever, the major multinational fast moving consumer goods company.  The successful candidate will work alongside a team of senior researchers at AMBS to examine how visualisation techniques can support senior manager decision making during the process of developing and approving new products.

The PhD position is part of a research programme that is developing cutting-edge, inter-disciplinary research related to the development, adoption, and diffusion of digitalized R&D and innovation processes. The research programme is focused on four inter-related areas: 1) R&D and innovation practices within Unilever and comparable companies; 2) change management programmes that promote the adoption of new digital technologies in R&D and the new product development process; 3) how digitalisation can help decision making by senior management; and 4) the transfer of digitalisation practices within a global company.

PhD topics

We welcome expressions of interest in research ideas that examine the use of large-scale visualisation in support of strategic decision making and the factors that influence the adoption of such techniques by decision makers. Much of our research programme entails intensive interaction with managers at Unilever, and other organisations. We will therefore give special consideration to candidates with an interest in engaging with management practice, and an ability to relate to managers, industrial scientists and engineers.   

Supervision

The successful candidate will be located in Alliance Manchester Business School’s Manchester Institute for Innovation Research, a world-leading centre for the study of science and innovation policy and management. Our 45 members of staff and 50 doctoral students build on more than five decades of interdisciplinary science, technology and innovation studies in Manchester. Our research, teaching and engagement activities are based upon a guiding principle of excellence, both in terms of academic rigour and societal relevance. The successful study will lead to the award of a PhD Business and Management at Alliance Manchester Business School, which is regularly ranked highly by the Financial Times MBA rankings.

The studentship will start in September 2019 and is available for up to three years, with a stipend equivalent to RCUK rates (approximately £15,000 per annum tax-free for 2018/9, 2019/20 to be confirmed),  full university tuition fees and travel support for fieldwork and conferences (exact amounts to be confirmed). The Scholarship is only available to those who qualify as a Home student under EPSRC residency requirements.  Nationals of EU countries are eligible only if they satisfy the EPSRC residential criteria: https://www.epsrc.ac.uk/skills/students/help/eligibility/ 

Entry Requirements

The successful candidate will be expected to satisfy the entry requirements of the AMBS PhD programme (academic qualifications and English language proficiency).

How to apply

You must apply online for the full-time PhD Business and Management programme and indicate that you wish to be considered for the PhD Scholarship for CAFE4DM: SEEING IS BELIEVING – LARGE-SCALE VISUALISATIONS IN SUPPORT OF STRATEGIC DECISIONS.

The application must also contain:

  • A written statement clearly indicating how your research competencies and interests to date are aligned with the specific nature of this PhD project;
  • Evidence of excellent academic writing skills (e.g. existing research paper or dissertation chapter where the applicant has been the leading author); and
  • A research proposal indicating how you would propose to address the area of investigation.

If you do not submit the required supporting documents, your application will not be considered.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited for interview. 

Enquiries:

For further details about the project, contact Dr. Andrew James at andrew.james@manchester.ac.uk.  

For questions related to your application, contact Lynne Barlow-Cheetham at mbs-pgresearch@manchester.ac.uk.

 

 

 

 

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