Queen’s Management School PhD Scholarships 2022

Queen’s Management School is making an open call for full-time 3-year PhD scholarship applications, commencing October 2022. We invite interested parties to submit applications that are aligned to the research interests of members of the school, including those based at the Centre for Health Research at Management School.

Available scholarships provide funding covering three years of annual tuition fees for either UK/EU (£4,407 per year) or International applicants (£16,950 per year) and living costs/stipend on a full-time basis valued at £46,827 over three years.

Projects and Supervisors (get in touch with members of the center for alternative topics)

  • The health impact of zero-hours contracts (Duncan McVicar): There is an emerging literature that attempts to identify the causal effects of precarious employment on health, with mixed results. But as yet very few studies have sought to estimate the impacts of zero hours contracts on health outcomes, despite their extremely precarious nature. If successfull you would use newly available data to estimate the causal impact.
  • The impact of the Troubles (Arcangelo Dimico and Anne Devlin): From 1969 to 1998, Northern Ireland experienced one of the longest and most violent conflicts in Western Europe since WWII. There is evidence that the conflict may have affected physical and mental health, anti-social behaviour, human and social capital, etc. However, the extent and the importance of these consequences have never been properly assessed.  The successfull PhD student will use cutting-edge econometric techniques to estimate the impact of the Troubles.
  • School choice in Northern Ireland (Josué Ortega): The allocation of students to schools via centralized clearinghouses is one of the most studied topics in market design. Standard mechanisms are used around the world to match pupils to schools, but Northern Ireland uses a unique procedure that is not used anywhere else. A PhD opportunity is available to study the behavior, outcomes and segregation observed in the Northern Ireland assignment of pupils to primary and post-primary schools.
  • The role of policy in resolving the work-life balance (Heather Dickey): Across the UK, central and devolved governments have developed policies to support work-life balance. Despite this, the current working ethos is long working hours, modest support for working parents, little compulsion for employers to adopt family friendly policies, and a lack of affordable, flexible childcare. This research would investigate the challenges faced by households when reconciling work and family life, and the role of government policy in alleviating these challenges. For example, how current employment and social policies influence household labour market outcomes and to what extent childcare is a barrier to work. The recent COVID-19 pandemic and the UK’s exit from the EU provide new opportunities for devolved UK governments to develop and reform policies targeting support for families in the changed context they find themselves.
  • Pandemics and networks (Trivikram Dokka and Sonali SenGupta): In this project we would like to study optimal response to disruptive events like pandemic at network level. More specifically, we will apply network theoretic approaches to pandemic response modeling and study the resulting equilibria under various coordinated and un-coordinated response scenarios.


Admissions onto the Queen’s Management School PhD programme typically require a UK 2.1 Honours degree (or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University) and a UK Masters degree in a relevant discipline with a final result of at least 60% (or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University). International students wishing to apply, and for whom English is not their first language, must demonstrate proficiency in English to benefit fully from their programme of study or research. An IETLS score of 7.0 overall, with no less than a 6.0 in any component, is required

​Application process:
Apply using our online Postgraduate Applications Portal and follow the step-by-step instructions. Applications to the scholarship must include a one-page cover letter detailing their suitability for the PhD programme at Queen’s Management School, and a research proposal of no more than three pages and one page of references.

Key dates:

  • ​The deadline for applications is 06 May 2022.
  • Decisions on successful applications will be communicated no later than June 2022.

More information from the QUB Postgraduate Research Website.