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EPRSC funded PhD Studentship at the Operations and Information Management (OIM) Department

Aston University - Aston Business School - Operations and Information Management (OIM)

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Birmingham
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students
Funding amount: £14,777 tax-free bursary per annum for up to 3.5 years, plus tuition fees for 3 years, plus supplementary funding for trainings and conference attendance.
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 5th November 2018
Closes: 30th November 2018

£14777.00 tax-free bursary per annum for up to 3.5 years, plus tuition fees for 3 years, plus supplementary funding.

This studentship will commence in April 2019.

To be eligible for the full award you must normally be a UK national, resident in the UK. EU nationals also qualify for a partial award under certain residency requirements. However for full details on how UK and  EU citizens, refugees or migrants may qualify  for a full or partial award please consult directly the EPSRC site

The successful applicant may carry out research in any one of the following broad themes:


Increasingly, manufacturing companies are seeking to shift their priorities towards their service-business, a strategic transformation termed ‘servitization’. Servitization provides manufacturers with considerable opportunities to extend their customer-relationships and broaden their revenue streams.

Big Data and Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA)

Big Data is a major source of change in today’s world. Organizations are constantly collecting data from various sources (e.g. loyalty cards, smart energy usage metres etc.), with the aim to use such data to improve their performance and create competitive advantage.

Disaster Management

A disaster is a physical event (e.g. earthquake, floods, etc) that affects a society by disrupting suddenly its normal functioning. Providing relief support for disaster victims is a priority for governments and NGOs..


Game-based learning approaches include all activities that help users to learn through interactive games and simulations. Games can be relatively simple or use advanced computer simulation, virtual reality and Internet based technologies. answer the question: is game-based learning more or less effective than non-game based learning, and if so, how, why and when?

Required skills: We are seeking candidates with a minimum 2:1 (or equivalent) honours degree in an area consistent with the theme or themes they wish to be considered for. An MSc degree will be an advantage as additional preparation for their chosen theme.

Informal enquiries: For further details, except on EPSRC eligibility, please contact Professor Emmanuel Thanassoulis

How to Apply

We are using a two-phase selection process. In the first phase please:

  • Indicate your preferred theme from the above four, and name any additional ones of the themes that would also interest you;
  • Submit a CV focusing on your academic credentials, work experience and other information that speak to your suitability for your chosen theme(s). When completing your CV you may consult the document in for some of the information that will ultimately be required when applying on line and which you may like to include in your CV;
  • Submit a research proposal explaining for each one of your chosen themes an outline of  what research questions you would address, how you propose to address them and what contribution to knowledge you anticipate;

Finally submit a short paragraph explaining how you meet the EPSRC eligibility criteria for this award. Mention documentary evidence (e.g passport or residence) that you would be able to provide on request, but do NOT send in such evidence at this stage.

In a second phase shortlisted candidates will be invited to submit a formal PhD application on line via the Aston Business School Research Degrees Programme admissions system.

Please email your stage 1 documents to Jennifer Knight at

Closing Deadline: Friday 30th November 2018

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