PhD candidate in HR analytics Collaborative Studentship

King's College London - King’s Business School

Entry: Ph.D. enrolment - September 2018 - with an opportunity to begin collaborative placement at Travelport from May/July 2018. Application deadline: 20 April 2018

Applications are invited for a fully funded PhD studentship at the King’s Business School under the supervision of Dr Martin Edwards who is a senior member of the HRM group at King’s Business School and a member of the Centre for Consumer and Organisational Digital Analytics

The Project

A unique collaborative project, aiming to bridge theory and practice by using HR analytics to help make better HR decisions. The student will work with Dr Edwards and the HR analytics team at Travelport to explore two/three high impact, theoretically informed practically relevant analytics projects. The projects may involve the use of existing and/or newly collected data to help answer specific HR driven business questions.

What King’s Business School offers:

This collaborative partnership offers a unique opportunity to conduct a PhD in HR analytics, supervised by experts, based in an HR function of a multinational organization that is developing its HR analytics offering. King’s Business School has a body of renowned HR experts and a community of quantitative HRM researchers (and is based in the iconic Bush House in the heart of London). Advanced PhD research training will be provided through the King’s Business School and the London Interdisciplinary Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership (LISS-DTP).


Academic requirements:

  • Satisfy the entry requirements the King’s Business School PhD programme(s)
  • Ideally a good first degree and a Masters in the social sciences (e.g. business and management, psychology) and have demonstrated quantitative skills with considerable competence in applied statistics (psychology/psychometrics, maths/statistics or econometrics); ideally with educational and/or practitioner background or training in HR.

Residential requirements:

  • UK/EU applicants will be eligible for a full award paying tuition fees and maintenance. 
  • International (non-EU) students may apply but will need to fund the difference in fees between Home/EU and international fees themselves

The 3-year studentship covers:

  • Home/EU Tuition fees
  • An annual stipend (approx. £16,700), plus an additional annual allowance of £3,000 from Travelport
  • A generous annual conference and training grant
  • Additional paid teaching opportunities
  • Travelport will provide working space in their Langley (Greater London) location and the use of a lap-top
  • How to Apply

Your application should consist of:

  • A letter of interest of up to three pages in length outlining your background, interest and research skills related to the topic, and how you satisfy the requirements described above.
  • A detailed CV
  • Two academic reference letters, currently dated

These should be e-mailed to

Formal appointment will be subject to checks on references, certificates/qualifications/etc., English test scores (if relevant) and contractual agreement with Travelport.

To discuss the project, contact Dr Martin Edwards (

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