UCL School of Management

16 March 2018

School launches joint MRes/PhD scholarship with Behavioural Insights Team (BIT)

UCL School of Management is delighted to announce the launch of a new joint MRes/PhD scholarship with the Behavioural Insights Team (BIT).

We invite applications for our new full-time joint MRes/PhD scholarship between the Behavioural Insights Team and any one of the four research groups at the UCL School of Management. We seek to recruit ambitious students with strong educational and policy backgrounds. The scholarships are open to all nationalities, cover tuition fees, and include an annual (tax-free) stipend of £18,500. Please find the details of the programme here on the PhD page.

Our joint scholarship offers a unique education, research, and policy experience to highly motivated students, with the intent of preparing them for scholarly careers with impact on policy and practice. The UCL SOM PhD programme consists of five years of full-time study, starting with one year of courses registered as MRes (Master of Research). The ideal candidate will be in the top 10% of their graduating class from a leading university, and have significant experience with policy. We require candidates to take the GMAT or GRE test. A Master’s or graduate level degree is not required for admission. As well as studying and researching at UCL SOM, students will spend time at the Behavioural Insights Team, where they will have access to the team’s in-house training, and will be expected to work on projects as part of their PhD alongside BIT colleagues, providing access to field sites and data for research that would not otherwise be possible.

Fully funded Joint MRes/PhD Scholarships available in interdisciplinary topics integrating Behavioural Science and Policy and any area below: 

Joint PhD studies with Operations & Technology: Across the different research themes, there is a shared interest in management science, operations management and technologies. Topics of interest include R&D management, innovation and new product development, service systems, healthcare operations. For candidates in this area, a degree in engineering (e.g., industrial, electrical, computer, mechanical, etc.), economics, mathematics, statistics, or, operational research is preferred.

Joint PhD studies with Marketing & Analytics: Topics of interest in this group include data science, branding, advertising, pricing, product development, marketing channels, marketing strategy, and e-commerce. The researchers in this group use diverse quantitative methodologies that include big data analytics, regression analysis, choice models, field experiments, and Bayesian econometrics.

Joint PhD studies with Organisations & Innovation: Faculty research focuses on understanding individual and team outcomes within organizations. Group members engage with a variety of perspectives and approaches including network research, experiments, and ethnographies. There is shared interest in the topics of innovation, talent and performance, well-being and health. Prior training in social science (e.g., social psychology, sociology, or economics) is highly relevant.

Joint PhD studies with Strategy & Entrepreneurship: Topics of interest include innovation, social entrepreneurship, organisational responses to uncertainty, networks, R&D management, and organisational learning. Despite this diversity, there is a common focus on how organisations can grow and innovate. Previous successful candidates in this area have undergraduate or postgraduate degrees in engineering, business and economics.

Applications for our MRes/PhD scholarship with BIT must be made via the UCL Postgraduate Admissions System: PRISM, with documents sent separately to BIT as well. The application deadline is 15 April 2018, for a September 2018 start.

Last updated Friday, 16 March 2018