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Doctoral research in Enterprise and Entrepreneurship is encouraged from theoretical, empirical and policy perspectives. Based on a wide range of expertise and experience in delivering peer reviewed and action research, the activities at Heriot-Watt have been shared in a wide range of publications, presentations and strategy contexts. Recent reports have been launched and invited as evidence in the Scottish and UK Parliaments, formed the basis of expert guidance and advice to development agencies nationally and internationally, and fed into strategic reviews and presentations for small and new business organisations and for enterprises themselves. Current PhD projects include 'older entrepreneurs', 'Irish language enterprise development', 'Open innovation and SMEs', 'Social enterprises' as well as in contexts across the UK, Ireland, Vietnam, the Emirates and Egypt.
Supervisors in the Enterprise and Entrepreneurship group collaborate across the social sciences, arts & humanities, so that research embraces a wide range of disciplines and methods. Beyond these disciplines, work with Life Sciences - especially around microbreweries, with Engineering - especially regarding small scale community renewable energy, and with the portfolio of Heriot-Watt and external programmes for graduate and spin-off enterprises confirms that many aspects of entrepreneurship and enterprising activity are welcome. The Group are active in ISBE (Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship), the Scottish Graduate School for Social Sciences, the Scottish Graduate School for Arts & Humanities, and the Scottish Universities Insight Institute. Please see our potential supervisors' profiles in the enterprise group below:
Mike Danson - academic profile
Yen Tran - academic profile
Umit Bititci - academic profile
Notes about fees for this course
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* If you are unsure which category you fall in to, you should complete a fee status enquiry form, which allows us to assess your fees.
Additional fees information
We welcome self-funded PhD research candidates from around the world. The majority of academic supervisors are open to applications from self-funding students and potential candidates should match their application to the research expertise and interests of the Business Management department. If you are interested in research areas that are not advertised here then please look at our research web pages and contact staff working in your area of interest. We also welcome good quality self-funded research projects from industry. For self-funded research from industry, we may be able to cover a percentage of the fee via a scholarship. Queries may be directed to Dr. Babak Taheri firstname.lastname@example.org
Scholarships and bursaries
We aim to encourage well-qualified, ambitious students to study with us and we offer a wide variety of scholarships and bursaries to achieve this. Over £6 million worth of opportunities are available in fee and stipend scholarships, and more than 400 students benefit from this support.
View our full range of postgraduate research scholarships.
Additional scholarship information
The Business Management Department offers a number of scholarships every year. These opportunities are advertised on our Postgraduate Research Scholarships page during the period from January to April.
Shortlisted candidates are then interviewed, and those awarded the scholarships would normally start in September or early October.
All applications will be reviewed within the relevant department with a shortlisting decision made based on qualifications, the research proposal and the availability of a supervisory team. Shortlisted applicants must have the equivalent of a 1st class honours undergraduate degree, or a Masters degree with an average mark of 65% or higher and a dissertation mark of 65% or higher. Applicants who are unsure if their qualifications meet the minimum criteria should contact email@example.com. Please note that possession of the minimum qualifications does not guarantee shortlisting for interview.
English Language requirements
If you have not already studied a degree programme that was taught and examined in the medium of English we require evidence of language proficiency. For IELTS: the minimum overall IELTS score is 6.5 with no score lower than 6.0 in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening.
Further information can be found on the UK Government's Knowledge of English page.
The research proposal should contain as much as possible of the following: an introduction or outline of the proposed topic; a statement of objectives and/or specific research questions; a summary of some of the relevant literature which supports the research objective(s); an indication of the intended research methodology; an indication of the theoretical structure and/or conceptual outline; a provisional timetable of the major phases of the research process; results expected from the research e.g. practical value of the research or possible contributions to knowledge or policy or methodology. At this stage we are not looking for a definitive document but merely an indication that you have thought through most of the above issues. Please note that work submitted may be subject to screening via plagiarism software.
If you have references available these should be submitted with your application. If they are not currently available please ensure that you provide the names and contact details, including email addresses, of two academic referees on the application form.
Candidates may also submit a Curriculum Vitae.
Queries may be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org
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