Postgraduate research in Management
Student-led projects Apply by Friday 27 January 2023.
The School of Management is offering competitive PhD studentships to fund student-led projects, commencing September 2023. The studentship will comprise a stipend at UKRI level, and full tuition fees at UK or Overseas level for three years.
In addition, the studentship offers:
- research funding of up to £500 per academic year to help with costs arising from research
- funding for travel, accommodation and conference fees to support attendance at academic conferences, including one international conference
- support for academic and professional development both internally with the Centre for Educational Enhancement and Development, GRADskills and University social sciences research modules and externally with the Scottish Graduate School of Social Science
- paid teaching opportunities in the School with dedicated training and mentoring
- opportunities to complete a Postgraduate Certificate of Academic Practice.
Exceptional graduates who wish to be considered for a funded studentship are invited to submit a PhD proposal. Applicants are strongly encouraged to align their proposal with a thematic research group or one of the School's dedicated research centres.
Applicants should have completed – or expect to complete – their Masters degree with distinction, including a significant component of advanced study in the intended specialist area.
Interested candidates should demonstrate their commitment to research, knowledge exchange and teaching activities. Applicants must contact a potential supervisor before making a formal application.
See below for additional entry requirements and further details about the PhD proposal, application procedures and supporting documentation.
Applications should be made online by Friday 27 January 2023.
Incomplete applications will not be processed. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to interview and give a presentation of their research. Online interviews are expected to be held in February 2023.
For further queries, please contact the Postgraduate Research Administrator at email@example.com.
The School of Management at the University of St Andrews is one of the UK's leading business and management schools. It has a distinctive and proud identity as a smaller school focused on research and teaching of the highest quality.
The School is research intensive, and is underpinned by a strong grounding in the social sciences. At postgraduate level, students can benefit from internationally recognised research expertise, as acknowledged in the Research Excellence Framework (REF), while still enjoying the benefits of a small and friendly institution.
The School of Management offers the following research degrees:
- PhD (Doctor of Philosophy)
The PhD is studied over three to four years (or six to seven years part-time). Students produce a thesis comprising no more than 80,000 words, excluding the bibliography and appendices.
- MRes (Masters in Research)
The MRes programme equips doctoral candidates with core research skills and a wide knowledge of contemporary management theories and practices. There is no direct application to this programme; the School recommends enrolment to doctoral candidates on an individual basis. The MRes is recognised by the ESRC's Scottish Graduate School as part of a 1+3 doctoral programme.
Find out more about research in the School.
Applicants for research degrees in the School of Management are required to choose a potential supervisor before applying.
First, you will need to choose a research group relevant to your area of interest. To decide which research area within the School of Management is for, you can find more information in the list of research groups and potential supervisors. If you cannot find your particular area of interest within the thematic groups, it is unlikely that the School could provide you with supervision.
Having identified your research group, you need to identify a potential supervisor. You can contact a prospective supervisor by sending them your research proposal, which should be no longer than 1,500 words excluding references, and your CV. They will expect you to have a research background in your chosen field. After you have agreement from a prospective supervisor, you should then complete the online application.
Tuition fees vary depending on which programme you are studying and where you live.
The offer of a University place to undertake study or research does not carry a guarantee of financial support. You will be required either to support yourself, or to apply to a grant-awarding body.
After submitting your study application, you may apply for any available awards separately through the scholarships and funding catalogue. Within the catalogue, closing dates and eligibility are listed separately for named individual awards. Prospective research students can apply for most awards without first holding a study offer.
If you are a new applicant to the University of St Andrews, you will receive a unique link directly to the scholarships and funding catalogue.
If you are a current student at St Andrews, you can access scholarships and funding through 'My Applications' on MySaint.
School of Management PhD studentship
See above for details about a competitive PhD studentship in connection with student-led projects, commencing September 2023. Application closing date: Friday 27 January 2023.
ESRC Scottish Graduate School doctoral studentships
The School of Management is a member of the ESRC's Scottish Graduate School of Social Science (SGSSS) doctoral training centre. ESRC SGSSS studentships and 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.
The School would usually expect a first class or 2.1 degree in a relevant subject and a distinction at Masters level, with a significant component of advanced study in the intended area of specialism. However, qualifications are less important than the proposed topic, the quality of the research proposal, and the identification of an appropriate supervisor.
Doctoral students are expected to present fluently in English and to have a solid command of written academic English.
International students who do not have English as their first language must have an IELTS score of 7.0 or above, with a minimum score of 6.5 in every section of the test.
If you have been taught solely and wholly in English for the duration of your undergraduate degree (at least three years or more), it is unlikely you will need to provide evidence of English proficiency. The selection panel considering your application will decide whether or not an IELTS or TOEFL score or language training will be required.
When to apply
If you intend to self-fund your studies or receive funding from another source, you can apply at any time to begin studies in August, September, October, January or May.
If you do not intend to self-fund your studies and have a funded studentship (for example SGSSS), applications can be made throughout the year for September entry.
At present there is no closing date for applying to the programme. There is, however, intense academic competition for places at St Andrews, and only a limited number of spaces are available.
Submit a full application
After you have determined a potential research supervisor, you can start your application online.
You will need to complete the online application form and upload the following supporting documentation:
- covering letter stating research area, motivation for the project and its relevance to a particular thematic group
- research proposal, which must be no longer than 1,500 words excluding references
- up-to-date curriculum vitae
- details of two academic referees, including email addresses
- academic transcripts, which must be certified copies
- a piece of coursework by you, in the area in which you intend to study. This must be different from your research proposal and no longer than 3,000 words.
- IELTS or TOEFL certificate if English is not your first language. The School requires an IELTS score of 7.0 or above, with a minimum score of 6.5 in every section of the test.
- confirmation of supervision agreement.
A doctoral candidate in the School of Management works closely with their supervisor, while undertaking a focused programme of original research. Read about the School's current postgraduate cohort and their research interests.
A range of research seminars, meetings and presentations provide support and encouragement throughout the period of study. At workshops and conferences, students meet with colleagues from other universities, share experiences and present their work as it develops.
Modules in the social sciences, addressing philosophy and methods, are available for Management doctoral students to audit. In recent years, these modules have considered topics including:
- how to design and produce a research dissertation
- fundamental concepts of quantitative analysis
- theoretical approaches in the social sciences
- theoretical and practical introduction to the collection, analysis and writing of qualitative social science research
- professional development.
In addition to research training in the School and advanced training provided by the Scottish Graduate School of Social Science (SGSSS), doctoral students have access to the Centre for Educational Enhancement and Development (CEED). Within CEED, GRADskills is a free, comprehensive training programme supporting academic, professional, and personal development with activities and workshops.
At the end of the programme, students will submit a well-developed thesis for examination by experts in the appropriate field of research. This oral examination represents the culmination of the candidate's study and dedicated work. It is not uncommon for candidates, by the time of their examination, to have given papers at academic conferences or to be in the process of submitting papers for publication in peer-reviewed journals.
Recent research degree success
Michele's study of family foundation CEOs adds to conceptualisations of nontraditional professional roles.
Lemonia analysed the links between financial industry regulation and the reporting quality of commercial banks and credit unions.
Siobhan used social practice theory to illuminate what is meant by competent professional practice.
Steph explored how and why wealthy philanthropists take a philanthrocapitalist approach.