School of Business and Management

ESRC LISS DTP and MRes and PhD Studentships

The School of Business and Management QMUL, invites applications to be put forward for ESRC 1+3 (MRes + PhD), +3 (PhD) Studentships commencing September 2020, through the London Interdisciplinary Social Science (LISS) Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP).

Queen Mary University of London is a partner institution in one of the largest Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Doctoral Training Partnerships in the country. The London Interdisciplinary Social Science (LISS) partnership, with King’s College London and Imperial College, will provide over 50 funded ESRC studentships a year across a range of interdisciplinary areas. Students will have access to a range of training and development opportunities across the three institutions.

The School of Business and Management 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 .

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)

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.

We welcome applications particularly under the following thematic pathways: 

  • Pathway 4: Economics, Finance & the World Economy
  • Pathway 5: Work, Organisations & Business Management
  • Pathway 13: Politics, Public Policy & Governance

Candidates must specify which thematic pathway and sub-pathway their proposed work is most closely affiliated with and identify potential supervisor(s) on their application form.

Visit https://liss-dtp.ac.uk/thematic-pathways/ to identify the sub-pathway that best fits your proposed research.

The award

Eligibility for the ESRC awards is based on UK residency, see here.

The Studentships consist of the full cost of (home) fees and £17,009 per annum for maintenance for 3 years (4 years for ESRC 1+3 studentships) and fees only award for EU candidates. The School also provides all PhD researchers with a £1,000 research allowance for conference attendance and other research related expenses. Award holders will be expected to be resident in London during the period of the studentship.

Candidate profile

To apply ESRC 1+3 (MRes + PhD) you will normally have a first degree with first class honors (or equivalent) in business/management or a discipline related to your research topic. Applicants are required to have an IELTS overall score of 7, at the time of application.

To apply the ESRC +3 (PhD) programme 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 Programme 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

The closing date for all applications is 31 January 2020, 17:00 GMT. 

You should apply for your place at QMUL via the online portal by 17:00 on 31 January 2020. On the online application form, you should indicate that you would like your application to be considered for the ESRC LISS DTP 1+3 or +3 MRes and PhD Studentships. We advise that you aim to submit your admissions application to the School of Business and Management two weeks in advance of the 31 January deadline for your references to be received in a timely fashion

To apply for a 1+3 or +3 studentship with LISS DTP, you must simultaneously complete (i) the online application to join an MRes or the PhD programme in the School of Business and Management at Queen Mary University of London, and (ii) studentship application to LISS DTP by the closing date.

On your application form, please specify which thematic pathway and sub-pathway your proposed work is most closely affiliated with.

Visit https://liss-dtp.ac.uk/thematic-pathways/ to identify the sub-pathway that best fits your proposed research.

For further details and how to apply for Admission the School of Business and Management please see .

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