University of Exeter funding: MRes to PhD Management PTA pathway

Teaching PhD Bursaries in Management at the University of Exeter Business School Ref: 3827

About the award

Project description:

This award provides full fees and a maintenance stipend for up to 5 years of study, for the MRes and PhD in your chosen discipline.
• One year MRes programme.
• Progression to full-time PhD programme (subject to meeting progression criteria).
• Concurrent employment as Postgraduate Teaching Assistant.

The Teaching PhD Bursary provides a pathway for individuals with a proven track record of excellence and success – whether inside or outside of academia – to become successful research-active academics in a high-quality teaching environment.

The first year is designed to deliver comprehensive research training to equip students with the required methods, techniques and specialist subject knowledge to enable graduates to understand and conduct high quality research in Management. Upon successful completion of the MRes, which includes writing a research dissertation, and subject to meeting the PhD entry criteria, students will move to a full-time PhD programme under the supervision of leading academics in the field.

Over the course of the programme, students will have the chance to work closely with leading academics from the University of Exeter Business School, who produce world-leading research in the field of management. This includes a wide variety of topics such as Leadership, Well-being, Human Resource Management, Organizational Behaviour, Marketing, Social Networks, Innovation, Entrepreneurship, Technology and Business, Operations, Strategy, and International Business. Students will be supervised by experts in their chosen field and will receive mentoring and support throughout the programme.

Concurrently, the Teaching PhD bursary allows students to gain teaching experience and achieve teaching excellence by providing high levels of professional support and teaching-related mentoring. 

We are looking for individuals who have a proven track record of excellence and success and the potential to become outstanding researchers and teachers. While evidence of academic competence is essential, demonstrated excellence outside of academia (in business, government, the charitable sector etc.) will be very positively regarded.

Funding outline:

The scholarship is for a maximum of 5 years and includes:
MRes: Annual total (i.e., remuneration + stipend): £19,000
• Full tuition fees at UK/EU fee rate
• Remuneration for 180 hours teaching: £3,097 (2020/21 rate, subject to tax & National Insurance)
• Annual stipend: £15,903 (2020/21 rate)
PhD: Annual total (i.e., remuneration + stipend): £21,910
• Full tuition fees at UK/EU fee rate
• Remuneration for 320 hours teaching: £5,507 (2020/21 rate subject to tax & National Insurance)
• Annual stipend: £15,903 (2020/21 rate)

The continued studentship is dependent on successful progression within the PhD programme each year.
The MRes studentship will involve 180 hours of teaching (including preparation and marking/assessment and training) per year (remuneration rate specified above).  Progression to the PhD (subject to meeting progression criteria) will involve an 80 (PhD):20 (teaching) ratio during years 1-4 of your PhD registration.

You are expected to submit your thesis by the end of the 4th year of the PhD, at which point funding and teaching stop.  The maximum period of study for a 0.8FTE PhD is 5 years (including up to 6 months of continuation status, viva preparation time and completion of corrections).

During your PhD studies you will be provided a research allowance of £1,200 for research support and data collection, across the duration of the degree. Additional funding may be requested, subject to availability.

For more information about the bursary and informal enquiries, please contact

Entry requirements

Academic entry requirements:
You should have achieved at least a 2:1 Honours degree, or equivalent, in a subject area relevant to the studentship (i.e., management, accounting, economics or finance). Prior research experience in the form of a research project, dissertation or methodology courses is essential.

You will also have a GMAT or GRE score that meets the following requirements:
• Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) scores over 700. You will need to contact GMAT directly to book an appointment to take the test.
• GRE verbal score over 161 and quantitative score over 165. You will need to contact GRE directly to book an appointment to take the test.
If English is not your first language you will need to meet the English language requirements and provide proof of proficiency. Click here for more information.

Residency requirements:
This studentship, including full tuition fees and maintenance allowance, is available to UK/EU candidates.
This studentship is available to candidates resident in the UK/EU.
To meet the residency entry requirements you must have:
• Lived in the UK for at least 3 years prior to the start of the studentship
• No restrictions on how long you are able to stay in the UK
• If you are not a UK or EU national, the purpose of your residence in the UK must not be wholly or mainly for full-time education

Candidates who are classed as international for tuition fee purposes are not eligible for this studentship.

How to apply

To apply, click on the ‘Apply now’ button above.  You will be asked to submit some personal details and upload the documents listed below by 31 January 2020:

• CV (maximum 2 A4 pages)
• Personal statement which details the following:
- Why you are applying for this programme
- Your suitability for the programme
- Your expectations from the programme
- Your research interests and how you expect they will be developed through this programme
- Your teaching experience to date, and commitment to developing your teaching expertise.
• An example piece of written work (preferably course work submitted for any previous degrees) (to be uploaded under research proposal section)
• Two academic references, one to be from your most recent institution
• If relevant, proof of your English language proficiency
• GMAT/GRE test is essential – not more than 3 years old.

You will also be asked to upload verified transcripts of your most recent academic qualification. All application documents must be submitted in English. Certified translated copies of academic qualifications must also be provided.

Please note that we will not be contacting referees to request references, you must either upload these to your application with your other supporting documents or you must arrange for them to be emailed to by the deadline of 31 January 2020.


Application deadline:31st January 2020
Value:The scholarship is for a maximum of 5 years. For successful eligible applicants the studentship includes tuition fees at UK/EU fee rates, remuneration for teaching and an annual stipend (£15,903 at 2020/21 rate). See advert for full details.
Duration of award:per year
Contact: PGR Enquiries