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Cardiff Business School

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The Cardiff Business School PhD programme will prepare you either for a career as a leading academic scholar or to excel as a business practitioner or policy decision maker. In line with our Public Value ethos, our PhD programme is designed for highly qualified and motivated students who wish to research current and important problems facing our economy and society. We host a vibrant and international community of more than 130 PhD students, who participate actively in every aspect of the School's research, teaching and collegial activities. We support the training needs of doctoral students with in-house training, via our Doctoral Academy, and external training such as the EDEN seminars.

Deadlines for the Cardiff Business School studentships (commencing October 2020) are January 31st and March 31st 2020.

PhD in Business Studies: Within our 3-year full-time PhD in Business Studies, students can choose to develop their project in the following research areas: Accounting and Finance; Logistics and Operations Management; Management, Employment and Organisation; Marketing and Strategy. Training on research philosophy, design and methods will be provided during the PhD project. Depending on entry-level qualifications and prior research training, admission to the programme may be subject to the successful completion of the Cardiff University's MSc in Social Science Research Methods (SSRM).

PhD in Economics: The PhD in Economics is a 4-year full-time research programme hosted by the Economics section, which involves two years of advanced course work, and two years of research. The first year consists of an MSc Economics covering core subjects. In the second year, students complete the MRes Advanced Economics, while beginning to design their PhD research project. Years three and four comprise the PhD phase. It is also possible for suitably qualified students to join the PhD in Economics programme at the MRes stage, though they will be required to follow a slightly different programme to those students progressing directly from the MSc Economics (PhD Route). 

Students applying to the PhD in Business Studies should preferably have a specialist Master-level degree in Business, Management, Social Sciences or related subjects, from an internationally renowned University. Students applying to the PhD in Economics must have a Masters-level degree in Economics (or its equivalent). The online application must include a research proposal demonstrating the intellectual ability to identify viable research questions and to develop a valuable contribution to knowledge in your elected area.

Funding Notes

Cardiff Business School offers a number of fully-funded PhD positions in Business Studies or Economics to outstanding applicants for the October 2020 intake. Studentships cover fees and a stipend. Deadlines for the Cardiff Business School studentships are January 31st and March 31st 2020 (offers will be made to the strongest candidates on a first-come first-served basis).

We are also part of the ESRC Wales Doctoral Training Partnership which offers fully-funded ESRC PhD studentship awards. Additional funding opportunities for PhD applicants include the China Scholarship Council, the Hodge Foundation and Cardiff University’s Vice Chancellor’s International Scholarships.

How good is research at Cardiff University in Business and Management Studies?

FTE Category A staff submitted: 72.60

Research output data provided by the Research Excellence Framework (REF)

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