PhD studentships

Our studentships cover the full cost of your tuition fees, including registration, doctoral training and access to facilities. Some studentships also include a tax-free stipend to support your travel and living expenses.

At Loughborough University London, we are in pursuit of high-achieving postgraduate research students, who wish to join a leading UK institution and benefit from our outstanding facilities and support networks.

What's included?

Our PhD studentships normally cover the full cost of tuition fees for 3 years’ full-time study for successful UK, EU and International applicants. Successful UK and EU applicants will normally receive a tax-free stipend which will be given in monthly instalments. Additional funding may be provided for field research, travel and conference expenses.

  • Academic supervisors to guide and support your research
  • 24-hour access to the campus, including IT and research facilities
  • Exclusive use of hot desks, meeting rooms and a fully-equipped kitchen and dining area
  • 24 hour access to the campus library
  • Free laptop hire and printing
  • How to apply

    To apply for a studentship, please follow our step by step guide to submitting a PhD application here. When submitting an application, please ensure that you quote the correct studentship reference number, which is included in each studentship listing below.

    International Management and Development

    Reference number: LUL/2020/IIM
    Start date: October 2020
    Closing date: 31 July 2020 (Loughborough University reserves the right to close this vacancy before the advertised closing date if a suitable candidate is identified).

    Project Detail

    The Institute for International Management at Loughborough University London is offering a PhD studentship for a promising student interested in exploring topics related to the area of International Management.

    The studentship should contribute to our research on 'emerging economies' with a focus on linking the management studies literature to issues of development. Topics can include (but are not limited to):

    • the role of social entrepreneurship and activism in development,
    • the use of micro-credit and micro-assurance projects as a tool of development,
    • the role of MNCs in the new development paradigm promoted by international organisations (World Bank, OECD, UN)
    • and/or the role of international financial and development institutions in promoting sustainable development.

    About the Institute for International Management

    Loughborough University is ranked within the top ten universities in England for research intensity (REF2014). By choosing a doctoral programme from the Institute for International Management you’ll work alongside academic leaders in their field.

    We are an interdisciplinary team of academics who produce cutting edge research in the area of International Business and Comparative Management with a focus on developing countries and multinational companies from/active in these geographical areas. Our team of leading academics work on topics such as the internationalisation of firms, comparative Human Resource Management (HRM), political activities of firms in emerging markets, as well as topics related to sustainability and development. For further information about the Institute for International Management's research agenda, visit their webpage.

    The Institute for International Management is part of Loughborough University London – an interdisciplinary, postgraduate-only campus located on Queen Elisabeth Olympic Park in Stratford, East London. The campus is in proximity of various start-up companies and other London-based universities, as well as sports and leisure facilities.

    Entry requirements

    We welcome applications from students with an honours degree (2:1 or above) and a master’s degree in any area of the social sciences and with a passion for doing research on such topics. Successful applicants are normally expected to have obtained a distinction or very high merit on their master’s degree (or overseas equivalent).

    Funding information

    The studentship is for 3 years and provides a tax-free stipend of £17,009 per annum for the duration of the studentship, plus tuition fees at the UK/EU rate. International (non EU) students may apply however the total value of the studentship will cover the international tuition fee only.

    Contact details

    For informal enquiries please contact Dr Gerhard Schnyder, Director of the Institute for International Management.

    How to apply

    All applications should be made online using the online application portal. Under programme name, please select International Management. Please remember to include your CV, postgraduate and undergraduate transcripts, as well as a short research proposal outlining your intended PhD research.

    To apply for this studentship, please quote reference number: LUL/2020/IIM

    Taking Sustainability Seriously

    Reference number: LUL/2020/IIMIDI
    Start date: October 2020
    Closing date: 31 July 2020 (Loughborough University reserves the right to close this vacancy before the advertised closing date if a suitable candidate is identified).

    Project Detail

    The studentship is a cross-institute collaboration between the Institute for International Management and the Institute for Design Innovation. This studentship will focus on the broad theme of “Taking Sustainability Seriously” with a background assumption that environmental and social sustainability should provide hard boundaries to the framework of corporate activity ('strong sustainability'). Possible topics include (but are not limited to):

    • Designing and organising within the context of social movements for sustainability in ways that effectively bring about change for 'strong sustainability'. What is the relationship between designing and organising in social change processes for sustainability?
    • Designing and organising governance under conditions of strong sustainability, by drawing on alternative discourses for sustainability (e.g. degrowth, commons philosophies, critiques of 'triple-bottom-line'). What models of governance are needed to foster strong sustainability? What might be learned from alternative sustainability discourses?
    • Designing and organising modes of productions for products and services under conditions of strong sustainability. What kinds of ways are there, and what kinds of tensions arise when conducting environmentally and socially sustainable business activity in the contemporary world?

    About the Institute for International Management

    Loughborough University is ranked within the top ten universities in England for research intensity (REF2014). By choosing a doctoral programme from the Institute for International Management you’ll work alongside academic leaders in their field.

    We are an interdisciplinary team of academics who produce cutting edge research in the area of International Business and Comparative Management with a focus on developing countries and multinational companies from/active in these geographical areas. Our team of leading academics work on topics such as the internationalisation of firms, comparative Human Resource Management (HRM), political activities of firms in emerging markets, as well as topics related to sustainability and development. For further information about the Institute for International Management's research agenda, visit their webpage.

    The Institute for International Management is part of Loughborough University London – an interdisciplinary, postgraduate-only campus located on Queen Elisabeth Olympic Park in Stratford, East London. The campus is in proximity of various start-up companies and other London-based universities, as well as sports and leisure facilities.

    Entry requirements

    We welcome applications from students with an honours degree (2:1 or above) and a master’s degree in any area of the social sciences and with a passion for doing research on such topics. Successful applicants are normally expected to have obtained a distinction or very high merit on their master’s degree (or overseas equivalent).

    Funding information

    The studentship is for 3 years and provides a tax-free stipend of £17,009 per annum for the duration of the studentship, plus tuition fees at the UK/EU rate. International (non EU) students may apply however the total value of the studentship will cover the international tuition fee only.

    Contact details

    For informal enquiries please contact Dr Gerhard Schnyder, Director of the Institute for International Management.

    How to apply

    All applications should be made online using the online application portal. Under programme name, please select International Management. Please remember to include your CV, postgraduate and undergraduate transcripts, as well as a short research proposal outlining your intended PhD research.

    To apply for this studentship, please quote reference number: LUL/2020/IIMIDI

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