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PhD Scholarships in the Ulster University Business School (UUBS)


  Ulster Business School


About the Programme

Research at Ulster University

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.

We are proud that Ulster was ranked 2nd in the UK in the 2021 UK Postgraduate Research Experience Survey (PRES).

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In the most recent assessment of UK research, 98% of UUBS research was recognised as international in terms of originality, significance and rigour. This placed UUBS in the top quartile out of over 100 business schools across the UK. In addition, the impact of our research was rated as world leading, placing us in 7th place. In terms of UUBS student satisfaction, in the 2021 PRES, PhD researchers rated their satisfaction of supervision at 87%.

We provide support to our PhD students across all four of Ulster University campuses (Belfast, Coleraine, Jordanstown and Magee), with over 50 full-time and part-time research students 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; 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. 

Scholarships will cover fees for three years, an annual non-taxable maintenance grant of approx. £15,600 and a Research Training and Support Grant worth £900 per year.

Ulster’s PhD Scholarship Competition for entry in September 2022 is now open.

Applications and all supplemental documents for PhDs within the Ulster Business School should be submitted online before 4.00pm on 28 February 2022 at: 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. 

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 are not a self-funded/private sponsor research applicant.

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 arrangements can be made.

Further Information

Applications for admission on a self-funded or externally funded basis, both part-time and full-time 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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