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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 2018.

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

Funding opportunities for 2018 entry

Two PhD scholarships are available for doctoral studies in the Faculty of Humanities, The University of Manchester, commencing 2018-19. The funds are made available through the Division of Development and Alumni Relations (DDAR) from donation to the University of Manchester (please see http://your.manchester.ac.uk/ for more information).

The scholarship value is £19,000 per year for three years to cover tuition fees and maintenance allowance. Additional funding of up to £2,000 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 (to be confirmed). Further information on these themes can be found at http://www.manchester.ac.uk/collaborate/support/priorities/

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: To be confirmed

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

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 2018 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:

and

However, early applications are strongly recommended.

Enquiries
Details are available on the NWSSDTP website: https://nwssdtp.ac.uk/how-to-apply/

The RADMA 2018 Doctoral Studies Programme call is now open to fund students from September 2018 onwards.  

The award is focused on supporting research in technology and innovation management and is closely associated with the R&D Management journal and conferences.  It provides up to three years’ funding to prospective or mid-study PhD students.  You are expected to have a Masters degree in a relevant field or an excellent first degree or equivalent. 

Eligibility
You must have been accepted onto the PhD programme – see the ‘How to Apply’ section below.  Applications for the funding must be supported by your PhD supervisor.  Awards are granted to, and administered through, the institution; not individual candidates.  The award covers fees and specified living expenses up to a maximum of £18,748 per academic year (pro-rata for part-time students; partial funding is a possibility) and is 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 20 January 2018. You should indicate in your application that you are applying for RADMA funding;
  2. A RADMA funding application form (with supporting documents, specified by RADMA) via email to info@radma.ltd.uk by 28 February 2018.

If you have any further questions about this funding, visit the Funding page of the RADMA website or contact RADMA directly at info@radma.ltd.uk.

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 2018 entry.

Application deadline: 31st January 2018

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 two full-time PhD studentships under the EPSRC Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) scheme for candidates commencing PhD studies in September 2018.

The studentship includes:

  • Full-time tuition fees at RCUK approved rate
  • An annual stipend starting at approx. £15,553 (subject to confirmation)
  • 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 2018 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 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 up to 3 candidates 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 28 April 2018. 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 2018.

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.

The next scholarship application deadline is 31st January 2018.

How to apply

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

Closing Date: 15 January 2018

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 before 31 January 2018. 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 by 7th February 2018.
  • 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 3 years’ funding, including doctoral programme tuition fees and a stipend of approximately £15,000 per year for candidates wishing to commence their studies in September 2018.  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. 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

How much do we know about what it means to be a father in the UK?

While fathers are firmly on the policy agenda (e.g. the introduction of Shared Parental Leave in 2015; Women & Equalities ‘Fathers in the Workplace Enquiry’, 2017), there is a danger that some fathers’ voices go unheard.

We focus on what Dermott (2008) terms ‘fragile fathers’, those for whom temporal, financial, biological or emotional links with their children are non-existent or ‘under threat’.  In order to explore the experiences and challenges associated with negotiating ‘fragile’ fatherhood, both at home and at work, this project takes its starting point from Sen’s (1992) capabilities framework, recognising how structural and individual factors can impact on parenting roles.

This inter-disciplinary doctoral project will be supervised by two academics attached to the AMBS Work and Equalities Institute (WEI): Dr Emma Banister (AMBS) and Dr Helen Norman (School of Social Sciences) and complements their on-going research into fatherhood and (in)equalities.

Entry Requirements

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

The ideal candidate will have a background in a relevant subject (e.g. Social Science or Consumer Research) and will be able to evidence experience in designing and using in-depth qualitative methods.

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 programme and indicate that they wish to be considered for this project. 

Your application must contain a letter of interest outlining your background, interest and research skills related to the topic, understanding of the project, and how you satisfy the requirements described above.

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

Application deadline:  31 January 2018

Enquiries

For further details about the project, please contact Dr. Emma Banister at emma.banister@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 years’ funding, including doctoral programme tuition fees and a stipend of approximately £15,000 per year for candidates wishing to commence their studies in September 2018.  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. 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 takes a mixed-methods approach to gain an understanding of the processes through which the transition towards a circular economy is taking place. New business models (decentralised production, product-service systems, sharing platforms) are emerging alongside alternative ways of organizing production and consumption (such as commoning). Examples are bikesharing and caresharing, decentralised energy production, and initiatives like Repair Cafe’s.

Often, these business models involve a redrawing of the boundary between social practices of consumption and production, as evidenced by new terms like ‘prosumption’. The roles of consumers as well as those of firms are redefined, which results in contestation visible in traditional and social media.

The PhD project will involve the analysis of the ways in which the roles of firms and consumers are being redefined, in two in-depth case studies as well as through a systemic analysis. The latter will be facilitated through text-mining methods based on natural language processing (NLP) and machine-learning as a way to construct event-based datasets. The successful applicant will have a chance to work in a research team that works on related issues in a collaborative way.

Entry Requirements

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

We are looking for an ambitious student who combines a strong methodological ability with an interest in business model innovation.

Applicants must have a First or Upper Second Class Honours degree (or equivalent) and hold or expect to obtain a Masters 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 letter of interest outlining your background, interest and research skills related to the topic, understanding of the project, and how you satisfy the requirements described above.

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

Application deadline:  31 January 2018

Enquiries

For further details about the project, please contact Prof. Frank Boons at frank.boons@manchester.ac.uk

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

This PhD scholarship offers three years’ funding, including doctoral programme tuition fees and a stipend of approximately £15,000 per year for candidates wishing to commence their studies in September 2018.  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. 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 utilises transformative service research theory to design solutions for the global refugee crisis. As the tragedy of massive involuntary migration of refugees continues to evolve around the globe, there is an urgent need for service researchers to study such service system failures and propose solutions. The objective is to understand how refugee support service ecosystems can be developed in a way that empowers refugees and improves social integration. Multiple case studies will be used to explore the interactions between three levels of the current refugee support service ecosystem in the UK: the refugee level (micro), service provider level (meso) and government level (macro), using data collection methods such as interviews, observation and document analysis.

This study holds important implications for multiple stakeholders including refugees, policymakers, and non-governmental and business organisations working towards the integration of refugees and can promote the design of services that reduces the vulnerability of the refugee community. With even developed nations like the UK, Germany and USA struggling to support refugees, this study will provide timely insights into how their public, private and third sectors can redesign their current refugee support service systems to improve refugee and societal well-being.

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 programme and indicate that they wish to be considered for this project.

Your application must contain a letter of interest outlining your background, interest and research skills related to the topic, understanding of the project, and how you satisfy the requirements described above.

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

Application deadline:  31 January 2018

Enquiries

For further details about the project, please contact Dr Ilma Nur Chowdhury at ilma.chowdhury@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 doctoral programme tuition fees and a stipend of approximately £15,000 per year for candidates wishing to commence their studies in September 2018.  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. 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 impact of scientific research on policy. The project focuses on the conditions for impact on the side of the user of scientific knowledge, presently a neglected perspective. The project will develop novel theoretical combinations on knowledge uptake and use, from neo-institutional, management and organisational perspectives.

The position is part of the OSIRIS research centre: a collaboration between MIoIR, the University of Oslo and INGENIO-CSIC Spain. The PhD will develop a unique conceptual framework, conduct case studies to study unfolding processes of impact in selected institutional settings and support a survey of users, with the opportunity to exploit data for the thesis. Integrated within the OSIRIS 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. Jakob Edler and Kate Barker.

Entry Requirements

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

We seek candidates with a 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 programme and indicate that they wish to be considered for this project.

Your application must contain a letter of interest outlining your background, interest and research skills related to the topic, understanding of the project, and how you satisfy the requirements described above.

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

Application deadline:  31 January 2018

Enquiries

For further details about the project, please contact Prof. Jakob Edler at jakob.edler@manchester.ac.uk.

For questions related to your application, 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 annual stipend of approximately £15,000 for candidates commencing their studies in September 2018.  The successful candidate will receive a generous research support and conference allowance, and 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 are encouraged to undertake training and development in teaching and deliver teaching/research assistantship duties on a paid basis to further enhance their experience in preparation for their future careers.

The Project

In many strategic problems in logistics, managements, planning, and manufacturing, a Decision Maker (DM) must find solutions that optimise multiple, conflicting criteria and decide among them, which nowadays often involves the DM interacting with some automated process implemented as a

Multi-criteria Decision-Making and Optimisation (MCDMO) algorithm. In reality, decision-making is influenced by human factors (cognitive biases, fatigue, mistakes) that have been thoroughly studied in behavioural economics and psychology. The design of algorithms able to cope with these human factors remains an open challenge.

This project aims to devise realistic, general “simulations” of DMs (machine DMs) that explicitly model these human factors as configurable parameters, independent of specific preferences. Machine DMs will enable the empirical analysis of algorithms with respect to particular human factors. Parameters of machine DMs may be explicitly set to mimic human behaviours (e.g. risk-averse vs. risk-seeking). The ultimate goal is the development of the next generation of data analytics and decision support methods that adapt to the human factors prominent on particular problem scenarios, thus helping humans to make better decisions.

Entry Requirements

Applications are sought from exceptional UK, EU and international students with an outstanding academic background, ideally in Computer Science, Mathematics, Operations Research, Data Science, Business Analytics, Industrial Engineering, Economics, or other discipline within business and operations management. The successful candidate must have a strong programming background (C/C++/Java/R/Python) and good analytical and communication skills. An understanding of multi-criteria decision-making and/or mathematical and heuristic multi-objective optimization techniques is highly desirable.

Applicants must have a First or Upper Second Class Honours degree (or equivalent) and hold or expect to obtain a Masters 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 letter of interest outlining your background, interest and research skills related to the topic, understanding of the project, and how you satisfy the above requirements.

Candidates are strongly advised to submit their full application as early as possible. Candidates who do not apply by the deadline will not be considered.

Application deadline: 31 January 2018

Enquiries

For further details about the project, please contact Dr. Manuel Lopez-Ibanez at manuel.lopez-ibanez@manchester.ac.uk

For questions related to your application, contact Lynne Barlow-Cheetham: 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 2018.  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. 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 UK Modern Slavery Act, introduced in 2015, calls for companies to account for their involvement in modern slavery. In particular, the Transparency provision (s.54) requires organisations with a global annual turnover of £36m, operating any part of their business in the UK, to state annually what steps they are taking to address modern slavery in any part of their supply chains or their own business. This provision attempts to positively impact on corporates role in advancing human rights by prescribing practical ways of integrating slavery-related concerns within enterprise risk management system.

Further research is needed to understand the role of corporations in tackling modern slavery within their global value chains, and the major shift in the relationship between corporations and society based on new models of global governance.

The project will be based in the Business & Human Rights Catalyst, a multidisciplinary research initiative based in AMBS.  The Business and Human Rights Catalyst is one of the first human rights programmes worldwide to be hosted in a business school. It aims, through world-leading research and policy recommendations, to have a real impact on the rights of some of the most vulnerable people in society.

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 programme and indicate that they wish to be considered for this project.

Your application must contain a letter of interest outlining your background, interest and research skills related to the topic, understanding of the project, and how you satisfy the requirements described above.

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

Application deadline: 31 January 2018

Enquiries

For further details about the project, please contact Prof. Kenneth McPhail at kenneth.mcphail@manchester.ac.uk or Dr. Lara Bianchi at lara.bianchi@manchester.ac.uk 

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

This PhD scholarship offers three years’ funding, including doctoral programme tuition fees and a stipend of approximately £15,000 per year for candidates wishing to commence their studies in September 2018.  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. 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

Interpersonal emotion regulation (IER) refers to deliberate attempts that people make to manage others’ feelings. IER is an everyday process within a range of organisational contexts, and emerging evidence suggests that it can have important implications for people’s work performance. Yet little is known about the mechanisms of these effects, and there are no practical tools available for organisations in order to capitalise on the potential performance benefits of IER.

The advertised PhD position focuses on designing and testing an intervention to improve people’s use of IER in the workplace in order to ultimately enhance performance. The programme of research will involve: conducting a literature review on existing interventions for related processes across a range of disciplines; testing promising interventions in an online experiment with student participants; and testing a refined intervention in a rigorous field study in a work organisation. In the intervention studies, effects on performance and possible mediating variables will be tested.

This PhD links to the new Work and Equalities Institute and builds on an existing programme of research led by Dr. Karen Niven and Prof. David Holman.

Entry Requirements

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

Applications are encouraged especially from candidates who have a background in psychology.

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 programme and indicate that they wish to be considered for this project.

Your application must contain a letter of interest outlining your background, interest and research skills related to the topic, understanding of the project, and how you satisfy the requirements described above.

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

Application deadline:  31 January 2018

Enquiries

For further details about the project, please contact Dr. Karen Niven at karen.niven@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 doctoral programme tuition fees and a stipend of approximately £15,000 per year for candidates wishing to commence their studies in September 2018.  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. 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

European economies have seen a strong rise in precarious employment, both through non-standard forms of employment (i.e. part-time work, fixed-term contracts, temporary agency work, self-employment) and through processes of subcontracting which have reduced the conditions of ‘standard’ employment. It has raised concerns on the implications for individuals and questions on regulatory responses.

This PhD would focus on the experience and/or the regulation of precarious employment with proposals welcome that emphasise one or the other dimension or plan to investigate both. The PhD is expected to cover one or more of the following themes: differences between national systems in regulating precarious work; the implementation of EU directives on equal treatment; the influence of benefits systems on the experience and take up of precarious work; the role of trade unions in reducing precarious work; interactions between social characteristics (e.g. migrants, students) and precarious work; and improvements in enforcement of regulation including responses to evasive behaviour by employers. The study will be comparative, potentially between different countries but could also be between different sectors, groups of workers, types of firms, etc.

The position will be organised within the Manchester Work and Equality Institute (WEI) and become part of the research on precarious employment.

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 programme and indicate that they wish to be considered for this project.

Your application must contain a letter of interest outlining your background, interest and research skills related to the topic, understanding of the project, and how you satisfy the requirements described above.

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

Application deadline: 31 January 2018

Enquiries

For further details about the project, please contact Prof. Jill Rubery at jill.rubery@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 doctoral programme tuition fees and a stipend of approximately £15,000 per year for candidates wishing to commence their studies in September 2018.  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. 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

Digital fabrication combines advances in computing, big data, manufacturing technology, robotics, and materials with new business models to revolutionise design, production and consumption. More sustainable and customised products are promised, while manufacturing may be redistributed in decentralized networks.  Yet, concerns arise about employment impacts, the readiness of small and mid-sized manufacturers, repercussions for existing industrial regions, and the governance of smart digital fabrication systems.

This project will research the emergence of digital fabrication as a disruptive innovation, examine implications for current and future manufacturing, and consider new business and governance models for effective and responsible commercialisation. Focussing empirical work on North West England, the project will use case study, foresight and assessment approaches. The project will contribute to advancing theoretical concepts, knowledge, and strategies for adapting to, and managing, disruptive technological changes with far reaching societal implications. Findings will inform management and policy decision-making not only regionally but also more broadly in the UK and industrial regions internationally.

The lead supervisor is Professor Philip Shapira and the successful applicant will be associated with the Emerging Technologies and Governance group at the Manchester Institute of Innovation Research in 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 Science, Technology and Innovation Policy programme and indicate that they wish to be considered for this project.

Your application must contain a letter of interest outlining your background, interest and research skills related to the topic, understanding of the project, and how you satisfy the requirements described above.

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

Application deadline:  31 January 2018

Enquiries

For further details about the project, please contact Prof. Philip Shapira at pshapira@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 doctoral programme tuition fees and a stipend of approximately £15,000 per year for candidates wishing to commence their studies in September 2018.  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. 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 United Nations Human Rights Council endorsed a set of Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (the UNGP’s) in June 2011. The endorsement of the UNGP’s was significant for two reasons: first, they clarify that the human rights responsibilities of nation states apply to all of state activities, including its dealings with business; second they require business to take responsibility for their impacts on human rights.  Corporations’ responsibility for human rights fundamentally challenges our established models of the role of business in society and what corporations are, and should, be accountable for.

Businesses are starting to take this responsibility seriously and human rights is beginning to enter management systems and practices. However, as yet we know little about how human rights responsibilities are being managed by businesses, what or who these practices involve, or how effective they are. This seminal study will begin to provide answers to these questions.

The project will be based in the Business & Human Rights Catalyst, a multidisciplinary research initiative based in AMBS, and one of the first human rights programmes worldwide to be hosted in a business school. It aims, through world-leading research and policy recommendations, to have real impact on the rights of some of the most vulnerable people in society.

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 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 programme and indicate that they wish to be considered for this project.

Your application must contain a letter of interest outlining your background, interest and research skills related to the topic, understanding of the project, and how you satisfy the requirements described above.

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

Application deadline:  31 January 2018

Enquiries

For further details about the project, please contact Prof. Stefan Zagelmeyer at s.zagelmeyer@manchester.ac.uk

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

A full-time PhD research scholarship, including stipend and tuition fee costs, is available for September 2018. This position is an opportunity for an ambitious and engaged candidate who wishes to pursue doctoral studies in the area of digital innovation and organisational change. 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 innovation management or organisation studies. The studentship will cover students who are classed as Home under the EPSRC eligibility criteria.

The CAFE4DM research programme

We are embarking on 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 explore the opportunities and challenges for innovation management and organisational change posed by the adoption of digitalization and automation in the R&D and innovation process. 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 digitalization can help decision making by senior management; and 4) the transfer of digitalization practices within a global company.

PhD topics

We welcome expressions of interest in research ideas that connect with one or more of the four main themes addressed by our research programme, but we also expect the candidate to have a strong interest in the general theme of innovation/R&D management and organisational change.  Whilst it is expected that the student will generate independent, in-depth analysis of their chosen theme, it is also important that the candidate is willing and able to work as part of a multidisciplinary research team comprising senior academic supervisors and a post-doctoral research associate. Our research programme has a mixed methods approach, combining detailed case studies of organisations, employee surveys, interviews with senior managers and R&D staff and ethnographic methods in a business organisational setting.  Much of the research programmes 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 the 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 the Alliance Manchester Business School, which is regularly ranked highly by the Financial Times MBA rankings.

The studentship will start in September 2018 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

Entry Requirements

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

How to apply

You should submit a PhD application for the PhD Business and Management programme and indicate that you wish to be considered for the PhD Scholarship for CAFE4DM: Technology Adoption and Organisational Change in Corporate R&D.

Application deadline

31st January 2018.  Shortlisted candidates will be invited for interview thereafter.

Entry: September 2018

Application deadline: 19 February 2018

Applications are invited for an ESRC fully funded PhD studentship with the Health Services Research Centre at the Alliance Manchester Business School at The University of Manchester under the supervision of Professor Damian Hodgson of AMBS and Dr Sally Jacobs of the Centre for Pharmacy Workforce Studies at the Division of Pharmacy and Optometry. This ‘CASE PhD studentship’ involves a partnership with the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership (GMHSCP) with supervision by Dr Jane Brown (Chair, Greater Manchester Pharmacy Local Professional Network, GMHSCP).

It is claimed that increasing the role of pharmacists and pharmacy technicians in primary and community care settings is a cost-effective way to improve patient care while also relieving pressure on GPs. The aim of the project is to explore, in depth, new roles being undertaken by pharmacists and pharmacy technicians in primary care settings in Greater Manchester. The research aims to understand the impact of new pharmacy professional roles on professional identities, professional boundaries and multidisciplinary team working across general practice, community pharmacy and other services.

Students who are interested in this topic and with a first degree either in social sciences (e.g. sociology, business and management, economics, politics) or in medicine/pharmacy. There are two options – either enter via our MRes programme and then pursue the PhD (the 1+3 route) or enter directly on the PhD programme if the candidate already has a suitable Masters qualification (the +3 route). Postgraduate training and preparation in employment studies and research methods will be provided through the Masters in Research in Management (MRes) at Alliance MBS. Advanced PhD research training will be provided through the Alliance MBS Doctoral Programme in Business and Management.

 

Eligibility

Academic requirements:

  • Satisfy the entry requirements for the Alliance MBS MRes (if applicable) and PhD programme(s)
  • 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. 

 

Residential requirements:

  • 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. 

Studentship:

  • Payment of tuition fees at the standard RCUK rate
  • An annual Maintenance Stipend (approx. £15,000, exact rate for 2018/19 subject to confirmation by RCUK), plus an additional allowance of £2,000 from GMHSCP
  • Certain research and fieldwork expenses will be covered

 

How to Apply

Apply online and indicate that you are applying for this studentship.

Your application should consist of:

  • A letter of interest of up to four pages in length outlining your background, interest and research skills related to the topic, and how you satisfy the requirements described above.
  • A detailed CV
  • Copies of degree certificates and transcripts
  • Two academic reference letters, currently dated
  • TOEFL/IELTS/PTE English test score (if relevant).

To discuss, contact Damian Hodgson or Sally Jacobs.

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