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PhD Opportunities

Diversity and Inclusion

Queen's Management School | PHD

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Reference Number
Application Deadline
10 January 2021
Start Date
11 January 2021


The 3-year studentship is fully-funded, covering all fees and living expenses. This stipend will support work towards a PhD, awarded on the basis of original research presented in a written thesis. The studentship is intended to support research into a substantive area of Diversity and Inclusion under the supervision Dr Denise Currie and Dr Heike Schroder (QMS, Human Resource Management).

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to adjust and develop the aims of the project according to their particular interests and future aspirations. Particularly welcome are proposals that aim to investigate the design, implementation and outcomes of Diversity and Inclusion strategies across different contexts, including the public and nonprofit sectors. Proposals may consider the adoption of a multi-level framework that accounts for the concept of ‘pluralistic diversity’ (Weisinger and Salipanter, 2005) to examine the Diversity and Inclusion strategies adopted by organizations, and the associated outcomes for a range of stakeholders. Particularly welcome are proposals involving mixed methods, case studies and participatory workshops from which recommendations can be coproduced with key stakeholders.

This project takes place within Queen’s Management School located at Riddel Hall in Belfast, offering world-class research facilities. The successful candidate would be able to draw upon and will be supported by a team of internationally renowned researchers in Work, Employment and Human Resource Management and from the expertise within the School’s Centre for Not- for Profit and Public Management Research.

As a member of the prestigious Russell Group of research-intensive universities, Queen’s University Belfast has an outstanding reputation and tradition for research excellence. The results of the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) placed Queen’s University eighth in the UK for research intensity. QMS is one of UK’s leading Management Schools. The School has an excellent track record in research. QMS has a vibrant PhD student community and a broad international network of academic support.

The post is open to start immediately, but no later than 10th January 2021.

Candidates should ideally hold or be in the process of completing a Master’s Degree in Management, Human Resource Management, Sociology, Public Management, or a related discipline.

Apply to the Direct online portal here and enter the text “QMS2020MGT/HRM” into the funding field.

Informal enquiries may be directed to: Dr Denise Currie,

The University is committed to an Equal Opportunities Policy.

Funding Information

The position is being funded by a grant from the Queen’s Management School (QMS) and runs from 2020 - 2023. Queen’s Management School is located at Riddel Hall in Belfast, offering world-class research facilities. There may also be additional opportunities for candidates to attend summer schools in other Universities as part of the program. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to alter the aims of the project according to their experience and interests.
Salary Scale: Subject to eligibility for a full award (covering stipend and fees) the standard rate for 2020-21 is: stipend £15,285 (tax free) pa and Home/EU fees at £4,407 pa.
The University is committed to an Equal Opportunities Policy.

Project Summary

Dr Denise Currie

Mode of Study

Full-time: 3

Funding Body
Queen’s Management School (QMS)
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Management overview

The management group is an energetic and enterprising research cluster that continuously strives for excellence in both its teaching and its scholarship. The group's research strengths range from entrepreneurship to human resource management, and from marketing to public sector management. Aside from gaining close research advice and direction from their supervisors and other academics in the group, research students benefit from attending courses and tailor-made reading groups to complete their background preparation in business and management sciences.

Queen's Management School prides itself on research-led teaching and offers its research students experience as teaching assistants in a variety of undergraduate courses. Students regularly attend the School's various seminar series, which attract leading academics from around the world. Students also present their work at these events, gaining invaluable advice and preparation for the academic job market.

Mode of study/duration

Registration is on a full-time or part-time basis, under the direction of a supervisory team appointed by the University. You will be expected to submit your thesis at the end of three years of full-time registration for PhD, or two years for MPhil (or part-time equivalent).

Course content

Career Prospects

The School has a proven track-record of placing its PhD graduates in tenure-track research and teaching posts at top universities in the UK and elsewhere.

Employment after the Course
For further information on career development opportunities at PhD level please contact the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Career Development Team on where our Development Officers, Cathy Wilson and Aileen Carson, will be happy to provide further information on your research area career prospects.

People teaching you

Postgraduate Research Team

Management School

Learning Outcomes

Course structure

The Queen’s Management School Doctoral Programme will support you in the PhD process with a faculty of leading scholars and a network of international partnerships with other top-ranked universities. This means that you will have access to a broad set of facilities and specialised courses, and you are able to build a global knowledge network with top scholars from around the world. This ensures you will receive unmatched support to maximise your chances of achieving excellence in your doctoral research.

The Chartered Association of Business Schools counts Queen’s Management School among the top 10 per cent of UK research-intensive business schools. A Queen’s Management School PhD enables you to differentiate yourself through top academic research. It prepares you for an academic career, but exposes you to skills that are useful in a business or public policy career as well.


Our doctoral programme is centered on the preparation of a research thesis of approximately 80,000 words, which must contain material of publishable standard. You will write this thesis under the guidance of Dr. Kieran Conroy as your main supervisor. Subject-specific training will be gained through attending our weekly seminars in management and international business, which attract leading international experts. The thesis is awarded after a successful oral examination with an internal and external examiner. The normal period of study is three years for full-time students.

Students can undertake a series of modules in developing their research skills. These modules vary across topics such as Theory and Debates in Social Research, Sources and Construction of Qualitative Data, Qualitative Data Analysis, Structural Equation Modelling, Advanced Qualitative and Quantitative Research Methods, Undertaking ethical Research and more. You will also have the chance to attend and present your research at leading international conferences in International Business such as Academy of International Business, Academy of Management and Strategic Management Society.


Students will receive regular feedback and communication from their supervisor.

Entrance requirements

Normally a UK 2.1 Honours degree (or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University) and a UK Master's degree in a relevant discipline with a final result of 60% (or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University).

International Students

For information on international qualification equivalents, please check the specific information for your country.

English Language Requirements

Evidence of an IELTS* score of 7.0, with not less than 6.0 in any component, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University is required (*taken within the last 2 years).

International students wishing to apply to Queen's University Belfast (and for whom English is not their first language), must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their course of study or research. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes.

For more information on English Language requirements for EEA and non-EEA nationals see:

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this degree programme, INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for admission to this degree.

Tuition Fees

Northern Ireland (NI) 1 £4,596
Republic of Ireland (ROI) 2 £4,596
England, Scotland or Wales (GB) 1 £4,596
EU Other 3 £18,000
International £18,000

1 EU citizens in the EU Settlement Scheme, with settled or pre-settled status, are expected to be charged the NI or GB tuition fee based on where they are ordinarily resident, however this is provisional and subject to the publication of the Northern Ireland Assembly Student Fees Regulations. Students who are ROI nationals resident in GB are expected to be charged the GB fee, however this is provisional and subject to the publication of the Northern Ireland Assembly student fees Regulations.

2 It is expected that EU students who are ROI nationals resident in ROI will be eligible for NI tuition fees. The tuition fee set out above is provisional and subject to the publication of the Northern Ireland Assembly student fees Regulations.

3 EU Other students (excludes Republic of Ireland nationals living in GB, NI or ROI) are charged tuition fees in line with international fees.

All tuition fees quoted are for the academic year 2021-22, and relate to a single year of study unless stated otherwise. Tuition fees will be subject to an annual inflationary increase, unless explicitly stated otherwise.

More information on postgraduate tuition fees.

Management costs

There are no specific additional course costs associated with this programme.

Additional course costs

All Students

Depending on the programme of study, there may also be other extra costs which are not covered by tuition fees, which students will need to consider when planning their studies . Students can borrow books and access online learning resources from any Queen's library. If students wish to purchase recommended texts, rather than borrow them from the University Library, prices per text can range from £30 to £100. Students should also budget between £30 to £100 per year for photocopying, memory sticks and printing charges. Students may wish to consider purchasing an electronic device; costs will vary depending on the specification of the model chosen. There are also additional charges for graduation ceremonies, and library fines. In undertaking a research project students may incur costs associated with transport and/or materials, and there will also be additional costs for printing and binding the thesis. There may also be individually tailored research project expenses and students should consult directly with the School for further information.

Bench fees

Some research programmes incur an additional annual charge on top of the tuition fees, often referred to as a bench fee. Bench fees are charged when a programme (or a specific project) incurs extra costs such as those involved with specialist laboratory or field work. If you are required to pay bench fees they will be detailed on your offer letter. If you have any questions about Bench Fees these should be raised with your School at the application stage. Please note that, if you are being funded you will need to ensure your sponsor is aware of and has agreed to fund these additional costs before accepting your place.

How do I fund my study?

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3.PhD loans

The Government offers doctoral loans of up to £26,445 for PhDs and equivalent postgraduate research programmes for English- or Welsh-resident UK and EU students.

4.International Scholarships

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Funding and Scholarships

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How to Apply

Apply using our online Postgraduate Applications Portal and follow the step-by-step instructions on how to apply.

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