School of Business and Management

QMUL Principal's Postgraduate Research Studentships

The School of Business and Management invites applications for Research Studentships open to UK, EU and international students. Studentships will be awarded in March 2020 to the most outstanding candidates in the Humanities and Social Sciences applying for a full-time or part-time PhD programme starting in September 2020. Applications will also be considered from students who are currently in the first year of a full-time PhD programme, or the first two years of a part-time programme.

Awards are tenable for up to three years, and cover tuition fees and a maintenance stipend of £17,009 per year (£8,505 part-time). Subject to funding arrangements, holders of research studentships will have the opportunity to teach up to 4 hours per week in the second and third years of their study. 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.

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
  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:

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.

BAME Studentships for UK/EU candidates

We encourage applicants from BAME (Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic) groups who have been previously under-represented in this process. For 2020 entry, the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences will be offering two fully funded doctoral studentships (tuition fees and stipend of £17,009 per year, or £8,505 part-time) to UK or EU applicants from a BAME background. Awards are tenable for up to three years. Applications will also be considered from students who are currently in the first year of a full-time PhD programme, or the first two years of a part-time programme. To be eligible to apply for these studentships you must be UK or EU permanent residents from a BAME background, and eligible to pay home/EU student fees.

Candidate profile

In order to be considered for an award, applicants should 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 their 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. 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 19 January 2020. On the online application form, you should indicate that you would like your application to be considered for the Principal's Studentship Competition. Early application is strongly advised (you must be accepted onto your chosen PhD programme by 6 March 2020).

Before applying, please read our Guidance to Applicants, which will help you to complete your applications. The guidance is relevant to all applicants in the Humanities and Social Sciences, regardless of subject area.

Candidates for the BAME studentships must make an additional application to be considered for these awards. This will consist of:

  1. Your ID number from your application to a PhD programme at QMUL.
  2. Diversity monitoring information (via a questionnaire).
  3. A short statement of no more than 500 words detailing the challenges you have experienced pursuing your research.

All these elements should be entered or uploaded to the online application tool administered by QMUL’s Doctoral College, by 17:00 on 19 January 2020.

If you have already applied to QMUL to begin a PhD programme in September 2020, you may revise the research proposal and statement of purpose that you previously submitted, to take account of our Guidance to Applicants. However, you are not required to do so. If you wish to submit revised documents, you should email them to the Director of Graduate Studies in the appropriate School, giving the ID number from your application.

If you have already begun your PhD programme, you should email the Director of Graduate Studies in the appropriate School, giving your student ID number and supplying a research proposal and statement of purpose (length and contents as indicated in our Guidance to Applicants).

How your application will be assessed

Your application will be considered and ranked by a School selection panel. Selected applications will then be considered and ranked by the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. The Faculty panel will evaluate applications on the basis of the following criteria and weightings:

  • Quality of proposal (40%) – i.e., the significance and originality of the proposed research; its underpinning ideas, aims, and research questions; the research design, methodology, and/or sources; the suitability of the proposal for doctoral research; opportunities for dissemination and potential impact; and any ethical considerations that the proposal may raise.
  • Preparedness of applicant (20%) – i.e., previous academic achievements in relevant subject areas; any relevant professional/practitioner experience (particularly for applicants with non-standard academic trajectories); and relevant knowledge, skills, and/or training for the proposed research.
  • Feasibility of project (20%) – i.e., the project’s likely completion within the timeframe; the identification of training needs; justification of fieldwork and study visits; and fit with the expertise and interests of the two named supervisors.
  • School ranking (20%).

If two or more candidates are equally ranked, preference will be given to the candidate scoring more highly on the following criteria: quality of proposal; if still equal, preparedness of applicant; if still equal, feasibility of project.

Offers will be made to successful candidates in late March 2020, to be accepted or declined within one week. The studentships cover all tuition fees and provide a grant for living expenses at UK Research Council rates for London (£17,009 p.a. full-time). Awards are made for the full duration of the period of fee liability for the agreed course. Please note that these awards cannot be deferred.

For full details on these studentships, please see here.

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

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