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University of Edinburgh Business School PhD Studentships, UK

Publish Date: Apr 03, 2015

Deadline: May 01, 2015

The Centre for Service Excellence (CSE) is an inter-disciplinary research and engagement centre within University of Edinburgh Business School. It is offering a fully funded PhD studentship on the above topic.

Deadline: Friday 1st May 2015

Nationality Criteria: All Countries

Value: £14,000 + tuition fees (EU/overseas)


The CSE offers a fully funded PhD studentship

Applicants should have:

  • possession of a Master's degree from an accredited university in the UK or overseas, with evidence of above-average academic achievement (more than 65% overall in your Masters) and the ability to undertake independent research (Master's dissertation at distinction level). This may be in a management discipline, public policy, public administration or management, or social policy, and;
  • for applicants whose native language is not English, an IELTS score of least 7.0, with no score lower than 6.0 in each section, or the equivalent from our approved list of certificates.

Selection will be based on:

  • quality of research proposal;
  • previous academic performance;
  • reference letters; and
  • publications (if any).

The succesful applicant will undertake developmental activities that may include research support and training for tutoring. As part of their studentship, they will also be expected to contribute to our teaching programmes during their second and third years of the scholarship, for a maximum of six hours per week.




The award will be for three years, subject to satisfactory progress, at the following rates:

  • European Union candidates: standard EU tuition fee plus maintenance fee of £14,000 per year.
  • Non-European Union candidates: standard non-EU tuition fee plus maintenance fee of £14,000 per year.

How to apply

To apply for this scheme, please ensure that in your online application you:

  • Specify that you wish to be considered for this studentship;
  • include a covering letter explaining your reasons for applying and why you are the ideal person to receive this scholarship;
  • include an initial research proposal specifying your research question, how it fits into and extends the literature, and your initial thoughts upon an appropriate methodology - this should be a maximum of 1,500 words (plus references); and
  • include a CV.

Please note

  • It is advisable to apply as early as possible to ensure your application receives full consideration.
  • Depending on your location, interviews may be carried out remotely, e.g. Skype.

Focus of the studentship

Co-production is one of the core elements of service delivery in both the public and private sectors, yet it is relatively poorly conceptualized and understood. This studentship will undertake new empirical work that will push forward the boundaries of the concept and its application to service delivery. The research proposed may be either quantitative and/or qualitative and may address co-production in the public and/or private sector services. Inter alia, it may explore the comparative study of co-production in the public and private sectors, co-production and service innovation, co-production and service effectiveness, and the implications of co-production for human resources in service organisations and for professionalism – though other topics are also possible.

The studentship will be based within the CSE. Component disciplines of the Centre include:

  • accounting and finance,
  • entrepreneurship and innovation,
  • management science,
  • marketing,
  • organisation studies and HRM,
  • public management, and
  • strategic management and leadership.

For further information on the studentship contact Professor Stephen Osborne

Further information on the application process

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