School of Business and Management

China Scholarships Council Scholarships

The School of Business and Management is delighted to be able to offer China Scholarship Council scholarships for entry in September 2020.

We welcome applications from suitably qualified candidates in the following subject areas: Accounting and Finance, Behavioural Economics, Climate Policy and Environmental Change, Complex Networks and Innovation, Employment Relations, Equality and Diversity, Human Resource Management, Inequality and Poverty, Information Systems and Digital Technologies, Labour Economics, Management and Organization Studies, Marketing, Monetary and Financial Economics, Operations Research, Public Economics and Management, Strategic Management and Leadership, Supply Chain Management, Urban and Regional Development.

The School’s research strategy since its inception has been to sustain and enhance a distinctive research profile and ensure a supportive and intellectually challenging business and management research culture emphasising the interconnected nature of:

1) The economic, societal and historical contexts,
2) Social justice issues in business and management; and
3) Networks and governance in the private, public and third sectors.

For more information on the School’s research see here.

The research proposals submitted by applicants should normally fit at least one of the School’s centres/groups: 

Centre for Globalisation Research (CGR)
Centre for Research in Equality and Diversity (CRED)
Accounting & Accountability Research Group (AARG)
Behavioural Finance Working Group (BFWG)
Business Eco-systems Research Group (BERG)
Marketing Interactions & Consumer Behaviour Group (MICBG)
Organisational Processes and Practices Research Group (OPPRG)
Public Management and Regulation Cluster (PMR)
Centre on Labour and Global Production (CLGP)
Action Research Cluster in Creative and Cultural Economies (BARCCE)
Cluster for African Business, Organisations and Society (CABOS)

Details on research areas and interests can be found here.

Candidates must specify which research group they wish to join and identify potential supervisor(s) on their application form. Candidates are encouraged to discuss their research proposal with a member of academic staff specialising in their research area.

Scholarship benefits

  • Full tuition fee scholarship (in the form of fee waiver) for up to three years.
  • Living allowance as prescribed by the Chinese Government for the term of the scholarship.
  • One return airfare between China and London by the most economical route.

Please note that the tuition fee scholarship will be provided by Queen Mary while the other listed benefits will be provided by the China Scholarship Council.


The CSC accepts applications from Chinese nationals (PRC only, not Hong Kong or Taiwan) with an offer of a place for a research degree in the UK. Chinese students already in the UK can apply, and continuing students (e.g. those going into the 2nd year of a PhD) are also eligible to apply.

Application procedure

Application for the Queen Mary/China Scholarship Council Joint PhD Scholarship is a two-step process.

Step 1: Apply for Admission to the School of Business and Management at Queen Mary

  • Apply to Queen Mary for admission as a postgraduate research student at the School of Business and Management by completing the online application form. For further details and how to apply visit , and refer to the School’s .
  • To ensure that applicants for the Queen Mary CSC Scholarship are identified and given priority for the processing of their application, all applicants for this scheme must send an email to stating the student application number and identifying themselves as CSC applicants as soon as they have completed the online application form.
  • The application closes on 12 January 2020, 17.00 GMT.

Step 2: Apply for the China Scholarship Council Scholarship

Applicants should refer to the China Scholarship Council website at for details on how to apply for the CSC scholarship. The CSC accepts applications between 20 March and 31 March 2020.

Candidate profile

The School of Business and Management is committed to appointing only the very best candidates to its PhD programme. To apply you will normally have a first degree with first class honors (or equivalent) and a Master's degree at distinction level, in business/management or a discipline related to your research topic. Borderline cases will be considered individually.  We do not normally accept an MBA. Relevant experience is also taken into account. Applicants are required to have an IELTS overall score of 7, at the time of application.

Our PhD Program is highly competitive and for research studentships all applicants will be judged according to the same criteria, namely: record of academic and/or professional achievement; quality of their research proposal; and compatibility with the research interests and expertise in the school.

Queen Mary University of London is committed to the provision of equality of opportunity for all its students and staff. We welcome applications from all suitably qualified candidates regardless of their race and ethnicity, sex, parental status, disability, religion/belief, sexual orientation and gender identity, or age.

How to apply

You should apply for your place at QMUL via the online portal by 17:00 on 12 January 2020. On the online application form, you should indicate that you would like your application to be considered for the China Scholarship Council Scholarship. All short-listed applicants will be interviewed shortly after the closing date (either face-to-face or, in the case of overseas candidates, by Skype or telephone.

For further details about the PhD programme and how to apply please visit .

General enquiries should be addressed to the School of Business and Management PhD Administrator, Saima Ahmed.