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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.



Funded PhD Opportunities

The Business School is seeking to recruit to the following with a start date of 3 May 2021.  The funding consists of a tax-free stipend paid monthly and has a current value of £15,285 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 £15,285) and a fee waiver to the value of Home student PhD fees (currently £4,407). 

The closing date for applications is 23.59 on Friday 15 January 2021

How to Apply

You must ensure you follow all 3 steps detailed below in order for us to be able to consider your application:

  1. You will need to apply here.  Please note when applying you will need to apply on the September 2021 tab but the start date for this Funded Opportunity is 3 May 2021.
  2. You need to e-mail the BLSS Doctoral Research College, to confirm that you have applied blssdoctoralresearchcollege@bcu.ac.uk Please quote the Project Reference Number.
  3. You must upload your Research Proposal to your application.  Please ensure you include the Project Number and Title on your Research Proposal and upload it in place of a Personal Statement , details of what is required in a Research Proposal can be found here.


Title:  Space 4.0 as an engine of innovation and sustainable growth in the post-Brexit UK Economy

Application Reference Number:  18

School: Business School

Supervisory TeamProf Stefania Paladini, Dr Krish Saha, Dr Erez Yerushalmi

The space sector has never been as active, or as crucial, to the global economy since the times of the Apollo missions back in the 1960s, and it is projected to become “the next trillion-dollar industry by 2040”. Building on existing studies at national and international level, this PhD will adopt a mixed methodology to estimate the returns in terms of innovation, economic growth, and regional development of the space sector in the UK in the current environment.

The intended outcomes are to assess the likelihood and importance of spillovers of the space sector in the overall economy and together provide indications about the possible impact of Brexit in strategic sectors of the UK economy.

Applicant requirements:

  • The student should have a good bachelor degree (2.1 or equivalent) in disciplines of interests, including STEM subjects, and strong analytical skills (knowledge of quantitative methods desirable).
  • Previous working experience in companies and/or organisations is required; anything related to STEM and/or the space sector is desirable but not essential.
  • The candidate is also expected to obtain a PGCert as part of his/her development.

Business School PhD Proposal - 18 CIS - Space 4.0

Contact information:

Contact information

Name: Prof Stefania Paladini

Email: stefania.paladini@bcu.ac.uk