Exploring the intersect between Industry 5.0 and Quality 5.0


An exciting opportunity to apply for a fully funded PhD position in the College of Business and Law, UWE Bristol.

Ref: 2324-OCT-FBL05

The expected start date of these studentships is 1 October 2023.

The closing date for applications is 11 June 2023.


Studentship details

About the College

College of Business and Law is a host to lively and challenging PhD programme. Students benefit from its modern facilities and a welcoming research environment comprising diverse research groups and centres

The studentship reflect ongoing commitment of the College of Business and Law at UWE to the development of its doctoral programmes. 
Doctoral students at the College benefit from comprehensive support and guidance from UWE Doctoral Academy, including extensive professional development programme, research skills training and careers advice. Find out more about the Doctoral Academy.

About the Project

Industry 5.0 places strong emphasis on the human workforce and their collaboration with advanced technologies to achieve superior manufacturing outcomes. Not yet widely implemented or standardized, the specific characteristics and implications of Industry 5.0 may vary depending on industry, region, and organizational context. However, Industry 5.0 envisions a future of manufacturing that goes beyond automation and digitalization, and stresses human-centric approaches, well-being, sustainability, resilience, customization, and innovation.

Quality 5.0 is the next phase of quality management (QM), which, along with Industry 5.0, represents a paradigm shift in the way organizations approach quality to leverage advanced technologies and data-driven approaches to help organizations achieve and maintain high levels of quality in an increasingly complex and competitive business environment.

For the purpose of this PhD studentship, we invite proposals looking to empirically investigate the intersection between digitalization and quality management. Projects may consider how quality management philosophies can be successfully implemented alongside the 5th industrial revolution, as well as the impact on both companies and the individuals who work for them.
This area aligns with UWE’s four Research Beacons:

  1. Digital futures
  2. Health and wellbeing
  3. Creative industries and technologies
  4. Sustainability and climate change resilience.

Therefore, proposals submitted should look to specifically address this topic from at least one of these standpoints.  

For an informal discussion about the project proposal please email Dr Moya Lerigo-Sampson at moya.lerigo-sampson@uwe.ac.uk.

For an informal discussion about the studentship, please email Director of Doctoral Research, Dr PaweĊ‚ Capik at pawel.capik@uwe.ac.uk.


The studentship is available from 01 October 2023 for a period of three and half years, subject to satisfactory progress and includes a tax exempt stipend, which will be £18,622 per annum. 

In addition, full-time tuition fees will be covered for up to three years. 


Applicants must have at least 2.1 degree in supply chain management, quality management or a cognate discipline, and preferably Masters degree (with average programme mark of no less than 65%, UK grading scale or international equivalent). 

A recognised English language qualification is required. IELTS score of 7.0 overall, or equivalent.

A recognised English language qualification is required.

How to apply

Please submit your application online. When prompted use the reference number 2324-OCT-FBL05.

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

References: 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. Your referee will be asked for a reference at the time you submit your application, so please ensure that your nominated referees are willing and able to provide references within 14 days of your application being submitted.

Closing Date

The closing date for applications is 11 June 2023.

Further Information

Interviews will take place in June/July. If you have not heard from us by 30 June 2023, we thank you for your application but on this occasion you have not been successful.

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