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Research Studentship on FinTech at School of Finance and Accounting, Westminster Business School, University of Westminster

University of Westminster

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Westminster
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Funding amount: (See details below)
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 22nd July 2019
Closes: 27th September 2019
Reference: P052525

Three years, full time, fee waiver

A full-time University of Westminster PhD Studentship is available in the School of Finance and Accounting for January 2020. This PhD studentship is part of a strategic support to meet the changing needs of the Financial Services sector and to build the school’s research capability and environment.

In today’s digital age, people are seeking easy access, convenience, efficiency, and speed. As a result, the Financial Services sector is increasingly undergoing tremendous changes with the on-set of advancements in technology. FinTech or financial technology is the new innovation that is set to disrupt the entire financial services sector. Thus, to remain competitive in an increasingly demanding and innovative era, as a school, we are offering this PhD research studentship in this exciting area of FinTech. The applicant is expected to have some knowledge of the field and some experience of quantitative and qualitative research. 

Eligible candidates will hold at least an upper second class honours degree and preferably a Master’s degree (or are currently studying towards a master’s degree and will have completed it in time to enrol in January 2020 if an offer is made). Candidates whose secondary level education has not been conducted in the medium of English should also demonstrate evidence of appropriate English language proficiency, normally defined as 6.5 in IELTS (with not less than 6.0 in any of the individual elements).

Funding: Home/EU fees waiver for three years. The Studentship is open to Overseas applicants though the fee waiver will be capped at the Home/EU rate currently £5,200 for 2019/20.  Overseas applicants will be responsible for payment of the remaining Overseas fee amount, currently £13,300 for 2019/20 difference to pay £8,100.

Subject to minimum enrolment period of 33 months, maximum enrolment period of 48 months including a six month no fee period for writing up.  Study mode is full time only.

Prospective candidates wishing to discuss an application informally should contact the head of school, Dr. Harry Thapar in the first instance -

How to Apply

A full research proposal is required.  Please ensure you provide transcripts for undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications and a minimum of one reference.

For further information on how to apply, please visit:   

Applications should be submitted for MPhil/PhD Finance degree:

When applying please ensure that you quote ‘SFAStudentship’ on your application form.

Closing Date for applications: Friday 27th September. Proposed date for interviews: To be held in October between 14th and 25th.  The successful candidate will be notified by mid-November with the studentship starting in January 2020.


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