PhD opportunities

PhD opportunities in the Birmingham City Business School

There are currently funded PhD opportunities in the following areas. For further information, contact the named staff below.

You can find further details on studying for a PhD and details of how to apply by clicking here. To apply, please click on the ‘How to Apply’ tab and quote the Reference Number and Title on your Research Proposal.


Funded PhD Opportunities

The Birmingham City Business School is seeking recruit a new cohort to undertake a research in a number of key areas. The funding consists of a tax-free stipend paid monthly and has a current value of £14,553 per annum. The bursary is renewable annually for up to 36 months in total, subject to you making satisfactory progression within your PhD research.

Successful applicants for our funded PhD studentships will receive a tax-free research stipend that tracks UK Research Council rates (currently £14,553) and a fee waiver to the value of Home / EU student PhD fees (currently £4,120). The closing date for applications is 23.59 on Friday 13 October 2017.

You can find further details on studying for a PhD and details of how to apply here. To apply, please click on the ‘How to Apply’ tab and quote the Reference Number and Title on your Research Proposal.


Managing Talent in SMEs & HE Institutions in Brexit times: A Comparative Study

Supervisors: Professor Alexandros Psychogios & Dr Stefania Paladini

Advisor: Professor Alex De Ruyter

This PhD project will aim to explore the impact of Brexit process on managing (developing, recruiting and maintaining) talents in Small & Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and Higher Education institutions (HE) in UK. In particular, the project is going to explore organisations’ experience of managing talents in relation to the current challenges. The final aim of the project is to prepare a scenario analysis of a possible impact of Brexit on both SMEs and HE institutions in the coming years.

The ideal candidate needs to have a relevant first degree and a Master’s level qualification in social science area related to management, business studies, or economics. Also, the candidate will need to be enthusiastic, well-organised and able to prioritise work demands. The candidate will need to work on full-time basis. Previous research experience would be an advantage along with robust knowledge of statistical analysis and/or econometrics.

Spec: Birmingham City Business School PhD - Managing Talent in SMEs in Brexit times A Comparative Study  

Contact information:

Professor Alexandros Psychogios

Alexandros.psychogios@bcu.ac.uk 

+44 (0) 121 3314394

Dr Stefania Paladini

Stefania.Paladini@bcu.ac.uk

+44 (0) 121 3314353


Understanding changing voter perceptions and attitudes towards Brexit: a longitudinal study

SupervisorsProfessor Alex de Ruyter, Dr Rebecca Semmens-Wheeler and Dr Arantza Gomez Arana

The Centre for Brexit Studies at BCU is seeking an ambitious talented individual to undertake a programme of PhD research on the cognitive attitudes and perceptions underpinning the resultant Brexit vote. This research will consist of a longitudinal survey, interviews and psychological tests such as simple implicit association tests to map bias and attitudinal changes before and after the expected date of exiting the EU on March 31st 2019.

Specifically, you will explore: the cognitive processes shaping peoples’ attitudes to Brexit, and how these could change over time; the impact of changing socio-economic circumstances towards these perceptions; and the impact on regional and national/international identities (race/migration factors etc.) arising out of the Brexit process.

The successful applicant should have a first degree in a social sciences subject (at least 2:1 honours attained), ideally with experience of both qualitative and quantitative psychological research methods.

Spec:  School of Social Sciences PhD - Understanding changing voter perceptions and attitudes towards Brexit: a longitudinal study.  

Contact information:

Professor Alex de Ruyter

Alex.deRuyter@bcu.ac.uk

07793 233 256 (Mobile)