The Cardiff Business School PhD programme will prepare you 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 over 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, and external training such as the EDEN seminars.
Please specify in your application that you are applying for a Business School Scholarship. Incomplete applications or applications received after the deadline of noon on 1st April 2022 will not be accepted.
There are two PhD Programmes offered at Cardiff Business School, the PhD in Economics and the PhD in Business and Management. Applicants are advised and encouraged to look at our academic profiles to find a suitable research supervisor and discuss your research interests before applying.
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.
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.
Applications to the PhD in Economics are invited from exceptional candidates with a first class or strong upper second-class honours degree and an appropriate Master's degree with an average mark of at least 65%. Applications can also be considered from holders of a first-class undergraduate degree in Economics or similar subject with significant economic content.
Apply for a PhD in Business Studies
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The University values diversity and equality at all levels and encourages applications from all sections of the community, irrespective of age, disability, sex, gender identity, marital or civil partnership status, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion or belief and sexual orientation. In line with our commitment to supporting and promoting equality, diversity and inclusion, and to increase recruitment of currently underrepresented groups, applications from Black British, Asian British, minority and mixed ethnicity British candidates are particularly encouraged and welcomed.
The application must contain;
1. Covering letter: This must set out your reasons and motivation for applying to study at Cardiff University, and the Management and Business pathway; your understanding, and expectations of doctoral study; and your academic interests generally, and particularly of those relating to your proposed research. The covering letter should be no more than two pages.
2. Academic / Professional Qualifications: Where appropriate, this should also include proof of English Language Competency (7.0 IELTS minimum).
3. Two Academic References: Candidates must approach referees themselves and include references with their application.
4. Curriculum Vitae: No longer than two pages.
5. Research Proposal:
We suggest the following format:
· Title, aims and purpose of the research;
· Brief overview of the academic literature relevant to your field;
· Proposed design/methods;
· Academic contributions of your research.
· Bibliographic References