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Teaching PhD Bursaries in Management and Business at the University of Exeter Business School Ref: 4205

About the award

Project description:

The University of Exeter Business School trains world-class researchers who will shape how we understand and respond to the most important societal challenges.

We have a very generous funding scheme to support the most outstanding students who wish to complete a PhD in Management or Business. Successful applicants first receive funding to complete one of the University of Exeter Business School’s Research Masters (MRes), which provides a rigorous foundation in the skills that are required to conduct high quality research. Students who meet the PhD entry criteria will then receive funding for full-time study in one of the University of Exeter Business School’s PhD programmes.

Students in the Management and Business pathway first complete the one-year MRes in Management, which prepares students for a PhD in an area requiring diverse methodologies and a solid grounding in theory (e.g., management, entrepreneurship, accounting). Decisions on PhD topic and supervision will be made towards the end of the MRes, giving students plenty of time to explore a range of topics and to meet the faculty.


Students receive funding as follows:

Annual total (i.e., remuneration + stipend): £19,000

• Full tuition fees at UK/International fee rate
• Remuneration for 180 hours teaching: £3,097 (2022/23 rate, subject to tax & National Insurance)
• Annual stipend: £15,903 (2022/23 rate)

Students are additionally eligible for funding to support their research, development and conference attendance.

The scholarship includes a requirement that students work as teaching or research assistants for 23 days (180 hours) a year. This is a valuable part of your training and will ensure that you graduate from the Business School as a highly skilled researcher and educator. The Programme is run on a full-time basis only and students are expected to live in Exeter.

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

Entry requirements

Academic entry requirements:

You need an undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline, with a final grade in the top 10% of your graduating class. Most incoming students also hold a Masters degree. You need to give details of two referees. 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 21st January 2022.  They should be faculty members who know your work well and can judge your research potential, such as previous supervisors or academic tutors. You can also attach a CV of up to two pages long. The essay forms an important part of the application, so ensure that you give this sufficient attention.

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 and a list of acceptable alternative tests.

All applications are considered individually on merit. The University is committed to an equal opportunities policy with respect to gender, age, race, sexual orientation and/or disability when dealing with applications. It is also committed to widening access to higher education to students from a diverse range of backgrounds and experience.

Candidates must satisfy the general admissions requirements of the University of Exeter.

How to apply

To apply, click on the “Apply Now” button above. You will be asked to complete the application form, and to upload the documents listed below by 21st January 2022. Note, your application will not be considered if you do not upload all of the documents listed below in the specified form; please do not upload any additional documents as they will not be considered.

1. An essay of no more than 750 words maximum explaining (1) why you are applying for the scholarship, (2) why you are a suitable recipient of the scholarship and (3) your expectations for the MRes + PhD in your chosen pathway.
2. A CV of no more than 2 pages
3. The official transcript or certified copy of university grades from all past degrees
4. Two academic reference letters (one must be from your most recent institution)
5. If relevant, valid, original Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or Cambridge score report (if required).

Application Timeline:

• Students complete the MRes + PhD programme within four or five years
• Applications are due by 21 January 2022
• Short-listed applicants are invited to interview and psychometric testing in February-March 2022.
• Orientation for new students takes place in mid-September 2022

Short-listed applicants will be invited to an interview in February or March 2022 to meet faculty and discuss their candidacy. You do not need to contact faculty members before you make an application. Decisions on supervisors are only made towards the end of the MRes, so you will have plenty of time to get to know faculty. We do encourage you to read the faculty profiles on our website to see if faculty in the School have research interests relevant to what you wish to do.  

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 21st January 2022.

For Further Information:
For more information about the scholarship and informal enquiries, please contact



Application deadline:21st January 2022
Value:The scholarship is for a maximum of 4 years. For successful eligible applicants the studentship includes tuition fees at UK/INT fee rates, remuneration for teaching and an annual stipend (£19,000 at 2022/23 rate). See advert for full details.
Duration of award:per year
Contact: PGR Admissions Office