2023 University of St Andrews Postgraduate Research in Management (Studentship Available)

Deadline: September 9, 2022.

The School of Management at the University of St Andrews is one of the UK’s leading business and management schools. It has a distinctive and proud identity as a smaller school focused on research and teaching of the highest quality.

The School is research intensive, and is underpinned by a strong grounding in the social sciences. At postgraduate level, students can benefit from internationally recognised research expertise, as acknowledged in the Research Excellence Framework (REF), while still enjoying the benefits of a small and friendly institution.

The School of Management offers the following research degrees:

  • PhD (Doctor of Philosophy)
    The PhD is studied over three to four years (or six to seven years part-time). Students produce a thesis comprising no more than 80,000 words, excluding the bibliography and appendices.
  • MRes (Masters in Research)
    The MRes programme equips doctoral candidates with core research skills and a wide knowledge of contemporary management theories and practices. There is no direct application to this programme; the School recommends enrolment to doctoral candidates on an individual basis. The MRes is recognised by the ESRC’s Scottish Graduate School as part of a 1+3 doctoral programme.


  1. The School would usually expect a first class or 2.1 degree in a relevant subject and a distinction at Masters level, with a significant component of advanced study in the intended area of specialism. However, qualifications are less important than the proposed topic, the quality of the research proposal, and the identification of an appropriate supervisor.
  2. Doctoral students are expected to present fluently in English and to have a solid command of written academic English.
  3. International students who do not have English as their first language must have an IELTS score of 7.0 or above, with a minimum score of 6.5 in every section of the test.


The School of Management is offering a competitive PhD studentship in connection with supervisor-led projects, commencing January 2023. The studentship will comprise a stipend at RCUK level, which at July 2022 is £16,062 annually, and full tuition fees at UK or Overseas level for three years.


After you have determined a potential research supervisor, you can start your application online.

You will need to complete the online application form and upload the following supporting documentation:

  • covering letter stating research area, motivation for the project and its relevance to a particular thematic group
  • research proposal, which must be no longer than 1,500 words excluding references
  • up-to-date curriculum vitae
  • details of two academic referees, including email addresses
  • academic transcripts, which must be certified copies
  • a piece of coursework by you, in the area in which you intend to study. This must be different from your research proposal and no longer than 3,000 words.
  • IELTS or TOEFL certificate if English is not your first language. The School requires an IELTS score of 7.0 or above, with a minimum score of 6.5 in every section of the test.
  • confirmation of supervision agreement.


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