Using administrative data to better understand social policy challenges in Northern Ireland and Great Britain.
This 3-year studentship is fully-funded, covering all fees and providing a stipend. 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 quantitative research, using administrative data, into social policy challenges relating to the research agenda of the Administrative Data Research Centre for Northern Ireland (ADRC-NI) team in Queen’s Management School (QMS). Potential topics could include (but are not limited to) inequality and social policy reforms in Northern Ireland and Great Britain, and educational inequality and school exclusion.
The studentship is intended to support quantitative research, using administrative data, into social policy challenges relating to the research agenda of the ADRC-NI team in QMS. For example, PhD research on inequality and social policy reforms in Northern Ireland could potentially include the study of specific welfare or other social policy reforms and their impacts on income, inequality, benefit receipt and employment, or comparative study of welfare reform and mitigation measure impacts on these outcomes in Northern Ireland and Great Britain. PhD research on educational inequality and school exclusion could build on ongoing work by the ADRC-NI team on the impacts of school exclusion on educational and labour market outcomes in England, to examine, for example, evidence for teacher biases in student assessments and their association with school exclusions, impacts of strategic exclusions on educational and labour market outcomes, or links between school experiences including exclusion and inequalities in social justice outcomes.
The successful candidate will work closely with the existing team of researchers at QMS studying social policy issues as part of the work of the wider ADRC-NI. There will also be opportunities for inter-disciplinary interaction with the wider ADRC-NI team outside of QMS.
This project takes place within QMS, located at Riddel Hall in Belfast, offering world-class research facilities. In addition to the ADRC-NI research team at QMS and wider ADRC-NI network, the successful candidate will have the opportunity to interact with and draw upon the support of a team of internationally renowned economists in the QMS Economics Group.
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 from 1/10/2022, but no later than 31/01/2023.
Candidates should hold, or be in the process of completing, a UK Master’s degree in Economics or cognate discipline, with an overall average mark of at least 60% (or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University). Ideally, candidates should also have a demonstrated interest in econometric analysis of large data sets.
Apply at the direct online portal and enter the text “QMS2022ECO/SP” into the funding field.
Informal enquiries may be directed to Professor Duncan McVicar, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Salary Scale: Subject to eligibility for a full award (covering stipend and fees) the standard rate for 2021-22 is: stipend £15,609 (tax free) pa and Home/EU fees at £4,500 pa.
The University is committed to an Equal Opportunities Policy.
The economics 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 cover economic theory, applied economics and econometrics. The group has a particular interest in game theory and economic history. 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 economics.
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).
Institutional and relational economics
Social networksStrategic formation of coalitions and networks
Crime and conflict
Methodology and history of economics
Behavioural and experimental economics
Economics of education
Labour economics and social policy
Demography and economic growth
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.
People teaching you
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).
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: www.qub.ac.uk/EnglishLanguageReqs.
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.
|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|
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, in line with the Common Travel Agreement arrangements. 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.
There are no specific additional course costs associated with this programme.
Additional course costs
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.
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