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School of Management PhD studentships

September 2021 entry

Closing date: Friday 12 February 2021

The School of Management, University of St Andrews, is offering competitive PhD studentships, commencing September 2021. Studentships will comprise a stipend at RCUK level, which (in December 2020) is £15,285 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 PhD Studentship as part of completing their online application to do research at the School.

The School invites exceptional graduates to submit a PhD proposal focusing on one of the School's areas of multi-disciplinary expertise. Applicants are strongly encouraged to align their proposal with a thematic research group in:

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

Equally, applicants may relate their proposal to one of the School's dedicated research centres:

  • Centre for Responsible Banking and Finance
  • Centre for Research into Equality, Diversity & Inclusion
  • Centre for Research into Information, Surveillance and Privacy
  • 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.

Read more about the School's research and the broad range of research interests of the School's faculty.

The School of Management is one of the UK's leading business and management schools. Successful applicants will join a vibrant international community focused on research and teaching excellence from the lens of 'responsible enterprise'. The School adopts a collaborative research approach and is a world-leading centre for intellectual scholarship and engagement with policy and practice. It is ranked first in the UK for Business Studies in both the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021 and the Complete University Guide 2021, and second in the UK in the Guardian University Guide 2021.

PhD programme

The learning environment for PhD students at the School of Management is stimulating, developmental and collegial. Doctoral candidates work closely with supervisors to undertake a focused piece of original research over the three-year programme. Students showcase their research and progress annually and receive developmental feedback from leading experts in their field.

PhD candidates engage with diverse disciplinary and theoretical perspectives and methodologies through research seminars, workshops, reading groups and developmental activities organised by thematic groups and research centres. The School expects students to participate in academic conferences and contribute to the School's teaching provision. Students may submit papers for publication in peer-reviewed journals by PhD completion. The School's PhD graduates are held in high esteem and have pursued careers in academia, research and policy institutions and a range of private, public and third sector professions.

The School is an Athena SWAN Bronze award holder, committed to equality, diversity and inclusion. PhD students have extensive support mechanisms and, through student representation, multiple opportunities to shape their doctoral studies and School initiatives.

As one of the world's leading research-intensive universities, the University of St Andrews supports academic and professional development. It provides access to conference and fieldwork funding and training initiatives both internally through the Centre for Educational Enhancement and Development and GRADskills, and externally with the Scottish Graduate School of Social Science.

PhD students at St Andrews are affiliated with the St Leonard’s Postgraduate College which offers opportunities to participate in the University's wider intellectual and social community. Read more about the University and its beautiful surroundings, and about postgraduate perspectives on doctoral study.

How to apply

Applicants should have already completed, or expect to complete, their Masters degree with distinction. The Masters degree should include a significant component of advanced study in the intended specialist area of research. Additional entry requirements and further details about the research proposal, application procedures and supporting documentation are available at Postgraduate research in Management.

In the application process, interested candidates should demonstrate their commitment to research, knowledge exchange and teaching activities. Applicants should contact a potential supervisor before making a formal application.

Applications should be made and completed online by the closing date of Friday 12 February 2021 as incomplete applications will not be processed. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to participate in an assessment process.

For further queries, please contact Sam Letham at