Faculty of Business and Law Studentships

Closed to applications.


An opportunity for up to four fully-funded, full-time PhD studentships starting in October 2020 is currently being offered by the Faculty of Business and Law. Ref: 2021-OCT-FBL01.

Closing date for applications is Monday 23 March 2020.

Studentship details

We are looking for applications from excellent candidates who are wishing to complete a PhD project in a subject area that aligns with the faculty’s research strengths. You can explore the Business and Law research groups and centres for further information on these research strengths. You are strongly advised to identify a relevant academic within the faculty, who would be willing to provide feedback on your research proposals prior to submission of the application and would also be prepared to act as your supervisor if you are successful.


The studentship will start on October 1, 2020. The funding consists of an annual tax-free stipend of £15,009 (RCUK rate), subject to satisfactory progress, for three years.

In addition, it covers annual tuition fees at full-time Home/EU rate for the length of the funding period. Please note that successful applicants who are normally required to pay overseas/international fees will have to cover the difference (approx £9000 ) between the Home/EU and the overseas tuition fee rates themselves.


  • A minimum of a good honours degree (upper 2nd class honours degree or above) in a relevant discipline.
  • A recognised English language qualification is required, equivalent to IELTS 7.0 or higher.

How to apply

Guidelines for preparing your research proposal at the application stage

In the process of applying for a place on our PhD programme, you are required to submit a research proposal as an integral part of your application. This section aims to provide you with some guidelines about its content and structure.

The purpose of the proposal document (which should be within 1000-1500 words) is to indicate your area of research and to convince the faculty review panel of your readiness for PhD study in your chosen field. It is essential that in your proposal document you address the following points as clearly as possible:

  • locate your research idea within a relevant research field by making reference to key literature on which you have drawn in formulating your research aim/research questions
  • discuss why the issue/problem/phenomenon you are addressing is significant/original
  • indicate the kind of empirical work it would involve (eg type and source of data) and your intended methodological approach
  • give some thought to original contributions to knowledge that your thesis may make
  • provide sources of reference in an academically sound way.

How to apply

Please submit your application online. When prompted, use the reference number 2021-OCT-FBL01.

Supporting documentation: you will need to upload your research proposal, all of your degree certificates and transcripts and proof of English language proficiency as attachments to your application, so please have these available when you complete the application form.

Referees: you will need to provide details of two referees as part of your application. At least one referee must be an academic referee from the institution that conferred your highest degree. Please ensure that your nominated referees are willing and able to provide references before you submit your application.

Closing date

The closing date for applications is 23 March 2020.

If you have not heard from us by 12 June 2020 please assume that on this occasion you have been unsuccessful.