ESRC Wales DTP Economics PhD Studentship 2018/2019

Bangor Business School, supported by the ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership for Wales (Wales DTP), invites applications for PhD study, with the possibility of being awarded a fully-funded ESRC DTP Studentship, available to start in September 2018. We expect to make doctoral studentship awards in the areas of:

Bangor Business School is a leading research-focused business school, and ranked in the top 25% of all business schools in the UK for research (REF 2014 research ‘intensity’ index). Staff research papers and articles are published regularly in leading journals and their books published to a worldwide audience. In recent years, staff have conducted high level consultancy work including major policy studies for many leading organisations like the European Commission, The World Bank and the UK Treasury. All of this has contributed to the School has being ranked as one of the top 25 in the world for Banking research (RePEc, as of May 2017). The BBS PhD programme is an essential part of our research culture and has an international reputation for excellence.

Applications are invited from exceptional candidates with a first class or strong upper second class honours degree, or appropriate Master’s degree. Both the University and the ESRC Wales DTP value diversity and equality at all levels and we encourage applications from all sections of the community. We welcome applications for both full and part-time study, and the studentship is available as either ‘1+1+2’ (i.e. one full time year of specialist training Masters (MSc) followed by one full time year of research training Masters (MRes) and two years of full-time Doctoral study, or the part-time equivalent), or ‘1+2’ (i.e. one full time year of research training Masters (MRes) followed by two years of full-time Doctoral study, or the part-time equivalent), depending on the needs of the applicant.

Applications must be submitted by 1st February 2018 (4pm).

Supervisors: The studentship is an ‘open’ award. Applicants should consider approaching a potential supervisor before submitting their application to confirm that there is appropriate supervisory capacity within the University and to discuss their draft application.

Short descriptions of each accredited pathway are available on the ESRC Wales DTP website.

The Director of Graduate Studies (Research), Dr Gwion Williams or the Convener of the Economics pathway, Dr Edward Jones, may be able to advise you. .

What the Studentship will cover

The studentship will commence in September 2018 and will cover your tuition fees as well as a maintenance grant (currently £14,553 p.a. for 2017/18 for full-time students, updated each year); and includes an additional Research Training Support Grant (RTSG) of up to £750 for three years for full-time students (pro rata for part-time students). There are other opportunities and benefits available to studentship holders, including an overseas fieldwork allowance (if applicable), internship opportunities and overseas institutional visits.


ESRC studentships are highly competitive, candidates should have an excellent academic background in the social sciences, holding a 1st or strong upper 2nd class degree; applications from those also holding a relevant research training Masters degree (or an equivalent background in research training) will be considered for a 1+2 award. Full awards (fees plus maintenance stipend) are open to UK Nationals and EU students who can satisfy UK residency requirements. EU nationals who had been ordinarily resident in the UK throughout the 3 year period immediately preceding the start date of an award (including for the purposes of full-time education) are eligible for a full award.

How to Apply

A completed application form for admission to Doctor of Philosophy (Economics) (September 2018 Start) in Bangor University by the deadline of 4pm, 1st February 2018. The on-line application form is available here.

Incomplete applications or applications received after this specified time will not be accepted.
In the “Funding” section of the Online Application Form, please indicate that you are applying for an ESRC PhD Studentship.

The application must contain the following documents:

  1. Covering letter: The covering letter must set out your reasons and motivation for applying to study at Bangor University, and specify your chosen pathway; your understanding, and expectations of doctoral study; and your academic interests generally, and particularly of those relating to your proposed research. Please also specify which pathway you will be applying to and whether you wish to apply on a 1+1+2 or 1+2 basis.
  2. A statement (500-1000 words) about your main focus of research interest, potentially describing some research you have done in the past. Indicate clearly how you think this research interest would fit with the research project and with the research environment of Bangor Business School.
  3. Academic/professional qualifications: this includes transcript of marks and degree certificate (if available).
  4. Proof of English Language Competency if English is not your first language: we require an overall minimum score of 7.0 in IELTS, with a score of 6.5 for each category except for writing where we require a score of 7.0.
  5. References: all applications require two academic references to be submitted in support. Candidates must approach referees themselves and request a reference to be  submitted.
  6. Curriculum vitae: it should be no longer than two pages.
  7. Research proposal: The proposal should be up to a maximum of 1000 words, not including references. We suggest that you use the following five headings in your research  proposal:
    1. title, aims and purpose of the research
    2. overview of the academic literature relevant to your field
    3. proposed methodology
    4. academic contributions of your research
    5. references.