Heriot-Watt University Department of Accountancy, Economics and Finance PhD Scholarships

Publish Date: Apr 07, 2015

Deadline: May 04, 2015

The Department of Accountancy, Economics and Finance (AEF) PhD programme is highly successful and respected both nationally and internationally. Recent graduates, who benefit from the extensive research contacts of staff across the world, have gained employment in a range of academic positions.

The Department incorporates four research centres:

  1. Accountancy Research Centre (ARC)
  2. Centre for Finance and Investment (CFI)
  3. Centre for Energy, Resource and Environmental Studies (CERES)
  4. Spatial Economics and Econometrics Centre (SEEC)

The Department is now offering eight PhD scholarships, across a range of subject areas, to start in the academic year 2015-16.

The term of the scholarships is three years. Successful candidates will be expected to make a contribution to activities in the Department in return for a fee-waiver, a maintenance allowance of £13,863 per annum and a research support allowance of £2,250 over the registered period of study.

Below, by subject area, is a list of potential supervisors with the general areas in which they are willing to supervise PhDs, plus, in some cases, (i) the more specific issues/questions they are willing to supervise within those areas, and/or (ii) one or more particular projects on which they would be willing to supervise PhDs.




Details of how to apply and the deadline can be found at the foot of the page. 

How to Apply

Please submit your application via the University's online application portalhttp://www.hw.ac.uk/student-life/how-to-apply/postgraduate.htm

Under Application Type please select Research PG from the options. In the section 'Planned Programme of Study' please select either 'Accountancy & Finance PhD' or 'Economics PhD' from the options. Once you have completed your application, ensure that you click "Application is Complete" on the Checklist. If you have any problems with the online application process please email your query to pgadmissions@hw.ac.uk

Please state clearly on your application that you are applying for a PhD scholarship.

In order that your application can be processed, please ensure that all the supporting documents listed below are submitted with your application:

1. RESEARCH PROPOSAL (approximately 5 – 8 pages)
The research proposal should contain as much as possible of the following: an introduction or outline of the proposed topic; a statement of objectives and/or specific research questions; a summary of some of the relevant literature which supports the research objective(s); an indication of the intended research methodology; an indication of the theoretical structure and/or conceptual outline; a provisional timetable of the major phases of the research process; results expected from the research e.g. practical value of the research or possible contributions to knowledge or policy or methodology. At this stage we are not looking for a definitive document but merely an indication that you have thought through most of the above issues.

Please note that work submitted may be subject to screening via plagiarism software.

Copies of full academic transcripts from all previous academic degree courses and copies of degree certificates for degrees already awarded. If you are currently pursuing a degree course please provide all available marks to date.

If you have not already studied a degree programme that was taught and examined in the medium of English we require evidence of language proficiency. For IELTS: the minimum overall IELTS score is 6.5 with no score lower than 6.0 in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening.

Further information can be found at https://www.gov.uk/tier-4-general-visa/knowledge-of-english

If you have references available these should be submitted with your application. If they are not currently available please ensure that you provide the names and contact details, including email addresses, of two academic referees on the application form.

Candidates may also submit a Curriculum Vitae.


Monday 4th May 2015

Further Information

Please contact Caroline Murray: c.a.murray@hw.ac.uk if you require further information

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