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Post-compulsory Educational Choices and the Labour Market Transitions in Scotland

   School of Business

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  Prof Y Zhu, Dr Daniel Borbely  No more applications being accepted  Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

This project would focus on labour market transitions from secondary and higher education in Scotland. The PhD candidate will explore issues such as:

  • What are the educational determinants of labour market transitions from secondary and higher education? What are the key predictors of future labour market outcomes in the short term and medium-term?
  • Do attainment gaps (e.g., low and high income, urban and rural, male and female, white and ethnic minority) persist during or after labour market transitions?
  • Do peer effects (in school or at university) play a role in future labour market outcomes?
  • What kind of geographical patterns characterise labour market transitions within Scotland and across the UK?
  • How persistent is “over-education”? What can universities do to enhance graduate employability and/or mitigate “over-education”?


  • To be accepted to study for a PhD, applicants need to have an undergraduate degree of at least 2:1 (or equivalent) or a master’s degree, in a subject related to the proposed PhD topic.
  • English language requirements – a minimum IELTS score of 6.5.

To apply please ensure you include the following documentation:

  1. Final or current degree transcripts including grades (and an official translation, if needed) – scanned copy in colour of the original document.
  2. Degree certificates (and an official translation, if needed): scanned copy in colour of the original document.
  3. Two references on headed paper (academic and/or professional).
  4. Research proposal, CV and samples of written work.


  • Deadline for submission: 14 October 2022
  • Interviews: November TBC
  • Start date: January 2023

Please submit to Professor Norin Arshed ([Email Address Removed] ) and Research Lead, Linn McFarlane ([Email Address Removed]).

The University of Dundee aims to transform lives, working locally and globally through the creation, sharing and application of knowledge.

We build on our success by investing in excellent facilities, pushing the boundaries of research, and equipping our staff and students with the means to create real-world impact. Dundee’s research is highly rated by the most recent Research Excellence Framework (2022), which assesses the quality and impact of research submitted by universities across the UK. Furthermore, 84% of the University’s research was found to be ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’.

The School of Business within the University of Dundee is the United Kingdom’s and Scotland’s newest and fastest growing business school with an internationally diverse faculty and student population. We pride ourselves with always working towards delivering an excellent student experience.

We’ve recruited outstanding academic faculty from the UK and around the world, who are both excellent teachers and researchers. Research excellence that informs our teaching and impact our communities remains of utmost importance to us. We regard ourselves as a ‘research intensive’ business school where research serves to build excellence in teaching and our engagement with our communities here and internationally. Our academics present their research throughout the world and publish their research in leading academic and industry outlets. We are impacting the world around us.

Funding Notes

Waiver: Six PhD scholarships are advertised but only three are funded. This is a competitive process and only three of the strongest applications will be selected.
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