PhD Scholarships

University of Edinburgh Business School

PhD Scholarships in the Accounting and Finance Group

Up to three PhD scholarships are offered in Accounting and/or Finance. Any area of study will be considered within these disciplines. However, the major areas of current staff research interest are as follows:

  • Corporate finance
  • Behavioural finance
  • Corporate governance
  • Econometrics of financial markets
  • Market-based accounting research
  • Public sector accounting
  • Carbon accounting and finance
  • Financial accounting
  • Management accounting



Applicants will have:

1. Outstanding ideas for research at doctoral level.

2. Possession of a high quality undergraduate and/or masters degree or equivalent qualification.

3. For applicants whose native language is not English, an IELTS score of at least 7.0, or equivalent.

Successful applicants will be expected to contribute to our teaching programmes during their second and third years of the scholarship.



The award will be for three years, subject to satisfactory progress, at the following rates:

  • European Union candidates: standard EU tuition fee plus maintenance fee of British Pound 14,000 per year.
  • Non-European Union candidates: standard non-EU tuition fee plus maintenance fee of British Pound 14,000 per year.



To apply for this scheme, please firstly apply for the PhD Management programme online via the following link:

Once you have submitted your application for the programme online you can apply for the Scholarship by sending the following documents to quoting your UUN number:

  • A letter explaining your reasons for applying and why you are the ideal person to receive a scholarship
  • A research plan
  • CV
  • Two referees



Applications should be made by Wednesday 1 May 2013. Shortlised candidates should expect to attend an interview either in person or on the telephone or via skype. We plan to announce the recipients of the scholarships by 15 May 2013.



The development plan for each research scholarship student is the responsibility of the School and is approved by the Director of the Doctoral Programme, in consultation with the student’s supervisor(s) and with other members of faculty or administrative and professional staff as appropriate to the specific developments envisaged.

The title will be ‘Scholarship tutor’ or ‘Scholarship teaching assistant’ to avoid administrative confusion with hourly paid tutors doing similar work. (The equivalent grade of paid employment is ‘tutor’ or ‘teaching assistant’, grade Ue06).

Students will be credited with hours of development activity at the same workload rates as those used for payments to tutors (e.g. 2 hours of credit for 1 contact hour of tutorial, 4 hours of credit for 1 contact hour of lecture). The total workload allocation for any one academic year will not exceed 180 workload hours.

The spread of workload across the academic year must allow consistent progress of doctoral study.

A condition of the award is that the award holder is registered full-time at the University of Edinburgh for the duration of their PhD degree and that satisfactory progress is recorded in their annual reports.

YEAR 1: All students will be expected to complete the tutor training course provided by the T&L centre and will be given credit for the number of hours required for attendance and assessment.

Under existing School policy, research students in the Business School do not normally undertake tutor duties during their first year of doctoral studies. This is because:
a) The workload on first year students is already high in relation to mandatory doctoral training courses and a further tranche of timetabled teaching would be detrimental to PhD progress in year 1.

b) It has been stated to AACSB for the accreditation application that we require tutoring for years 2 to 4 inclusive.

Work allocated to Year 1 students will be flexible project-based such as Research or School support.

YEARS 2 AND 3 TEACHING OPPORTUNITIES: Scholarship tutors will be treated in a manner entirely equivalent to those research students hired on hours-to-be-notified contracts.

Available positions are advertised within the School towards the end of semester 2 for the following academic year. Applicants are invited for interview in accordance with the School’s procedures.

The School adheres to the Code for Postgraduate tutors which recommends no more than 6 contact hours of tutoring work per week.

Scholarship tutors will be included within the remit of the Mentor to Postgraduate tutors.

YEAR 4: There is no promise of School funding beyond the expiry of the scholarship at the end of year 3.

Subject to the availability of funding, tutors who have carried out tutoring duties under research scholarship development will be eligible to apply for hours-to-be-notified employment in year 4 if such opportunities are advertised.



For years 1 to 3 inclusive:

– Research: From time to time the School may advertise internally for students to support research projects, such as literature reviews or data collection. Such work may be allocated to research scholarship students.

– Dissertations: Academic staff are responsible for dissertation supervision and are not permitted to delegate that responsibility. However where dissertation students are being supervised in a group mode (e.g. using a similar methodology or a shared literature base) a member of academic staff may request support for group activity such as data collection or review. This must be agreed with a Head of Group as there are workload implications.

– School and College support: From time to time data is assembled for specific projects within the School or College (such as accreditation reports, teaching review, academic conference support). A research scholarship student may be allocated to such a project.

For years 2 and 3 only:

In years 2 and 3 tutors will be assigned to specific courses, working under the direction of the course organiser. Tutoring is carried out to a plan set by the course organiser, who also provided suitable support material. The tutor is expected to develop effective ways of engaging with students in a tutorial class.

Marking is a responsibility of the course organiser. If tutors are asked to mark coursework it will be under supervision from the course organiser. Workload multipliers will be used to evaluate the time spent on marking, similarly to those used for paid tutors.

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