James Watt PhD Scholarship: Financial Supply Chain Risk Modelling 2016-2017

Publish Date: Aug 05, 2016

Deadline: Aug 22, 2016


The School of Management and Languages is offering the following James Watt scholarship to start in the academic year 2016-17.

The term of the scholarship 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 which is currently set at £14,296 for the year 2016-17, and a research support allowance of £2,250 over the registered period of study.

Supply chains are exposed to risks and disruptions, including financial shocks. It is important to explore the network structures that offer the best capacity to withstand such shocks. Risk profile modelling and financial impact evaluation should help supply chain and logistics managers to manage such risks. Because it is complex and challenging to assess these interactions, there is a research agenda in the study of network linkages between firms and their partners. This PhD project aims to explore the financial impact of disruptions to supply chains and logistics networks using economics and statistics theories and methods. This inter-disciplinary project will be conducted within two research centres in Heriot-Watt University – the Spatial Economics & Econometrics Centre (SEEC) and the Logistics Research Centre (LRC). The research will aim to develop a new methodology and framework for financial supply chain risk modelling.


All applications must be submitted by Monday 22nd August 2016.

Entry Requirements

All applications will be reviewed within the relevant department with a shortlisting decision made based on qualifications and the research proposal. Short listed applicants must have the equivalent of a minimum 2:1 Honours undergraduate degree, and a postgraduate Masters degree with an average mark of 65% or higher as well as a dissertation mark of 65% or higher. Applicants who are unsure if their qualifications meet the minimum criteria should contact the School's PhD Administrator to discuss their application. Please note that possession of the minimum qualifications does not guarantee shortlisting for interview.

How to apply

Please submit your application via our online application portal. Under Application Type please select 'Research PG' from the options. In the section Planned Programme of Study please select '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 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.

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