PhD Scholarships in Business, Economics and Law

University of Huddersfield

Huddersfield, UK

Application Deadline

Funding for: Scholarships available for UK and international students

Hours: Full-time and part-time

Location: University of Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, UK.

The award-winning Huddersfield Business School is pleased to invite applications from suitably qualified candidates for the following PhD programmes at the University of Huddersfield:

  • Business and Management PhD
  • Economics and Econometrics PhD
  • Law PhD

You can find our list of research topics and supervisors on our webpage here.

Scholarships available

The following scholarships are available for outstanding applications for the 2024/25 academic year. These scholarships are designed to support and develop excellent academic research.

  • Huddersfield Business School Open Scholarship

This scholarship is open to both UK and international candidates. The Open Scholarship covers a full fee waiver for all successful applicants, and an annual stipend of £3,500 (FT PGRs), which is reduced to 50% (i.e., £1,750 annually) for PT PGRs. The stipend is subject to PGR candidates making satisfactory academic progress and engaging fully with the research programme.

  • Chancellor’s Anniversary Scholarship

This competitive scholarship provides 100% tuition fee waiver scholarship to UK resident candidates, and 50% fee waivers to international candidates.

Why complete your Business, Economics or Law PhD at the University of Huddersfield?

Huddersfield Business School is the Times Higher Education Business School of the Year 2024 and an accredited member of AACSB International, along with just 6% of business schools worldwide. Excellent and impactful research is at the heart of our mission, which is ‘to undertake responsible teaching, research and enterprise that enable students to fulfil their academic, professional and personal potential, and that enrich the communities and organisations with which we interact’. In the Research Excellence Framework 2021, we were ranked in the top 40% of UK institutions for research power in Business and Management, with over 50% of our research outputs rated as either world leading or internationally excellent. We have a strong research community in the School; our academics undertake theoretically driven research aimed at understanding real world problems and publish their work in high impact journals. By joining us to undertake your PhD, you’d be joining a research-intensive Business School that is focused on producing ever-stronger research, with real-world impact.

Join our vibrant postgraduate community to access world-leading facilities, advanced research skills training, and expert careers advice. Your experience will be shaped by The Graduate School, who will help broaden your knowledge and access tools and skills to improve your employability.

What could you research?

Applicants are invited to consider a number of detailed proposals set out by HBS academics, posted here (PDF file). Applicants are welcome to contact named supervisors linked to these specific research proposals. We welcome applications within all these areas.

Further, we also invite PhD research proposals in the following areas:

Business and Management

  • Connected and autonomous vehicles: Future employment and labour market disruption
  • Digital technology and internationalisation strategy
  • Ethnic minority business owners (EMB) – exploring the influential factors of a growth mindset
  • Impact of artificial intelligence on microbusiness performance
  • Recruitment of older workers in the UK hospitality industry
  • Research and development performance
  • Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SME) productivity
  • Sustainable business transformation
  • Travel and tourism
  • Corporate social responsibility
  • Sustainability and responsible decision making

Economics and Econometrics

  • Trade and international economics
  • Wellbeing, productivity and income
  • Impact of ESG practices on financial firms’ reputation and performance
  • Evolution of cash flow sensitivity of cash
  • Financial implications of climate change on business sustainability
  • Financial inclusion and economic inequality across regions within the United Kingdom


  • Climate change and sustainability
  • Legal education, technology and regulation

Qualifications and person specification

We are looking for UK and international candidates with a clear interest in their proposed topic, a strong academic background, with a distinction at MSc in a relevant field, and the potential to develop their research skills.

If your first language is not English, you will need to meet the minimum requirements of an English Language qualification. The minimum for IELTS is 6.5 overall with no element lower than 6.0, or equivalent.

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