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PhD Scholarships in the Ulster University Business School (UUBS)


Ulster Business School

About the Programme

Research at Ulster University

We are proud that Ulster's international reputation for research excellence has received worldwide recognition. International experts have judged Ulster University as being in the top 25% of UK universities based on research power, with 72% of our research activity having been judged to be world-leading and internationally excellent.

In the 2019 UK Postgraduate Research Experience Survey (PRES), Ulster was ranked 3rd in the UK for PhD research culture and 8th in the UK for PhD researcher satisfaction.


The University offers opportunities for doctoral study on both a full-time and part-time basis. Studying for a PhD offers the opportunity to undertake in-depth research in a range of topics at an advanced level.


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In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) assessment, 98% of UUBS research was recognised as international in terms of originality, significance and rigour. In addition, all the impact cases submitted to REF were rated as world leading, placing UUBS research in 7th place in the UK for the impact of its research. In terms of UUBS student satisfaction, in the 2019 PRES, PhD researchers rated their satisfaction of supervision at 89%, which is 3rd overall in the UK.


Over 50 full-time and part-time research students, spread across three Ulster University campuses (Coleraine, Jordanstown and Magee), are currently registered for Business and Management PhD programmes.


PhD supervision in Business and Management is available within the following research themes: Accounting and Finance; Marketing; and Operations Management and Contemporary Organisational Issues.


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The University's annual PhD Scholarship Competition offers over 100 exciting full-time funded PhD scholarship opportunities across all subject areas including those within the Ulster Business School.


Ulster's PhD Scholarship Competition for entry in September 2021 is now open. Applications for PhDs within the Ulster Business School should be submitted online before midnight on 5 February 2021 at: http://www.ulster.ac.uk/phdcomp


Applicants should hold (or expect to hold) a first or upper second-class honours degree (or equivalent). Candidates from the UK, EU and overseas are eligible to apply. Please see project descriptions for further details on eligibility.


Competition for funded entry is very high and applications will be considered on the basis of candidates' qualifications, skills, experience and research interests.


Applicants should discuss their applications with project supervisors prior to submission. Contact details are provided within the individual project descriptions.


You do not need to make a separate application for a scholarship. However, please indicate on your application for admission that you do wish to be considered for a fully funded scholarship.


You should inform the University in your application, or as soon as possible thereafter, of any disability or personal circumstances that should be taken into account so that suitable accommodation can be arranged.


Further Information


Applications for admission on a self-funded, part-time or externally funded basis are also welcome at any time throughout the year.


Please contact the Ulster Doctoral College if you have any queries about PhD study at:


Funding Notes

Some or all of the PhD opportunities in this programme have funding attached. Applications for this programme are welcome from suitably qualified candidates worldwide. Funding may only be available to a limited set of nationalities and you should read the full programme details for further information.

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