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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:
+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 >>

A full-time PhD research studentship, including full stipend and tuition fee costs, is available for 4 years starting January 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. 


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 January 2019 and will be available for up to four years, with a stipend equivalent to RCUK rates (£14,777 tax free for 2018/19; rates for 2019/20, 2020/21 and 2021/22 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.  


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 January 2019.


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: 31 October 2018 

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.


For further details about the project, you may contact Dr. Pedro Sampaio (, Dr. Ali Owrak (, or Prof. Nikolay Mehandjiev (  

For questions related to your application, contact Lynne Barlow-Cheetham (

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 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

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:


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: Closed

For queries regarding the PhD programme and application process, please contact the Doctoral Programmes Office at Alliance Manchester Business School:

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 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.

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:


However, early applications are strongly recommended.

Details are available on the NWSSDTP website:

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. 

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 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

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: Closed

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.


  • 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.


  • 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

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: 14 December 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: 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.


  • 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.


  • 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 (; +44 (0)161 306 3755)