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Research Programme Funding and FAQs

  1. How do I fund my PhD?
  2. Is it advisable to do a Masters before embarking on a PhD? If so, what type of Masters should I take?
  3. Are there any books that can give me an idea of what doing a PhD is like?
  4. I am an overseas student. How do I apply for a student visa?

Question 1: How do I fund my PhD?

Funding is available for PhD study from a variety of sources. New funding opportunities will be posted on this page as they become available.

Gateway entranceSchool of Management Doctoral Studentships, September 2020 Entry
Closing date: Friday 31 January 2020

The School of Management is offering four competitive PhD studentships, commencing September 2020. Studentships will comprise a stipend at RCUK level, which (in November 2019) is £15,009 annually, and tuition fees (at home/EU or overseas level) for three years.

Applicants to the PhD programme will be offered the opportunity to be considered for a School of Management Doctoral Studentship as part of completing their online application to do research at the School.

The PhD programme is now accepting applications from exceptional graduates in the School's areas of expertise which are organised around the following thematic research groups:

  • Accounting, Governance and Organisations
  • Financial Institutions and Markets
  • Knowledge and Practice
  • Organisations and Society.

In addition, we welcome applications aligned with the research agendas of the dedicated research centres and institutes in the School of Management:

  • Centre for Research into Equality, Diversity & Inclusion
  • Centre for Research into Information, Surveillance and Privacy
  • Centre for Responsible Banking and Finance
  • Centre for the Study of Philanthropy and Public Good
  • Centre of Social and Environmental Accounting Research
  • Institute for Capitalising on Creativity
  • Research Unit for Research Utilisation.

For full details of the thematic groups, research centres and associated faculty, please refer to Research on the Management subject page.

The School of Management is one of the UK's leading business and management schools. We are proud of our distinctive identity as a smaller school focused on research and teaching of the highest quality. Faculty at the School comprise an interdisciplinary group of scholars researching how different forms of organisations are managed and held to account in the context of 'responsible enterprise'. As an internationally leading centre for thinking, teaching and engagement with policy and practice, our REF 2014 results underscore the world leading quality of our research and recognise its impact (4th in the UK). We are currently ranked #1 in the UK for Business Studies in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020, #1 in the UK in the Complete University Guide, #2 in the UK in the Guardian University Guide and top 5 in the UK in the National Student Survey.

PhD studies are situated in a stimulating, developmental and collegial research environment in the School. PhD students are active participants in the School's research community as members of a thematic research group. As a recipient of the Athena SWAN Bronze award, the School has a strong institutional commitment to equality and extensive support mechanisms for PhD students. Participants in the PhD programme have access to conference funding and a wide range of training initiatives to support their academic, professional and personal development at one of the leading research-intensive universities in the world.

Application procedures can be found at Research: How to apply.

We encourage those interested to make informal contact with potential supervisors prior to making a formal application. PhD proposals will be expected to be closely tied to one of the School's thematic groups or research centres. Applications should be made online by Friday 31 January 2020. Please note that incomplete applications will not be processed.

Scottish Graduate School of Social Science (SGS) logoESRC/SGSSS Doctoral Studentships

The University of St Andrews School of Management is a member institution of the ESRC's Scottish Graduate School (SGS) of Social Science doctoral training centre.

ESRC/SGSSS studentships/scholarships are awarded annually. The scholarship competition opens in autumn for degrees starting the following September.

See Economic and Social Research Council studentship funding for eligibility and application information.
Prospective students are strongly encouraged to apply as early as possible for admission as a doctoral student at St Andrews in advance of the SGSSS stage one scholarship application deadline, which is Friday 10 January 2020.

Other funding opportunities

We will be updating this page as other funding opportunities arise.

For details of fees and more information on funding postgraduate study at the University of St Andrews, see also

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Question 2: Is it advisable to do a Masters before embarking on a PhD? If so, what type of Masters should I take?

Yes. We require an undergraduate degree from a recognised university at 2:1 or above, and a Masters Degree. Pursuing a Masters will greatly assist students in preparing a research proposal.

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Question 3: Are there any books that can give me an idea of what doing a PhD is like?

While not an exhaustive list, our PhD students have reported the following to be useful:

  • Becker, H.S. (1986) Writing for social scientists: How to start and finish your thesis, book or article. University of Chicago Press, Chicago.
  • Bolker, J. (1998) Writing your dissertation in fifteen minutes a day: A guide to starting, revising and finishing your doctoral thesis. Henry Holt & Co, New York.
  • Dunleavy, P. (2003) Authoring a PhD: How to Plan, Draft, Write and Finish a Doctoral Thesis or Dissertation. Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke.
  • Hayton, J. (2015) PhD - an uncommon guide to research, writing and PhD life. James Hayton.
  • Murray, R. (2002) How to write a thesis. Open University Press, Buckingham.
  • Rudestam, K.E. & Newton, R.R. (2001) Surviving your dissertation. Sage, Thousand Oaks.
  • Rugg, G. and Petre, M. (2004) The unwritten rules of PhD research. Open University Press, Buckingham.
  • Salmon, P. (1992) Achieving a PhD: ten students' experience. Trentham Books, Stoke on Trent.

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Question 4: I am an overseas student. How do I apply for a student visa?

Please see University of St Andrews International Student Advice and Support at

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