The Centre for Service Excellence (CenSE) is an inter-disciplinary research and engagement centre within University of Edinburgh Business School. It is offering a fully funded PhD studentship on the above topic.

Deadline: 17th April 2016

Nationality Criteria: All Countries

Value: Tuition fees (EU/overseas) + approx. £14,057 stipend + Research Support Grant (£750) + Fieldwork grant (£450)


CenSE is offering a fully funded 3 year PhD studentship available from Autumn 2016.

Applicants should:

  • have a Master’s degree from an accredited UK or overseas university, with above-average academic achievement in any management discipline, public management, public administration, public policy, and/or social policy.
  • have an IELTS score of least 7.0 (for applicants whose native language is not English), with no score lower than 6.0 in each section, or the equivalent from our approved list of certificates.
  • meet our full eligibility criteria for the PhD programme

The successful applicant will undertake developmental activities that may include research development and training for tutoring. As part of their studentship, they will be expected to contribute tutorial support to our teaching programmes during the second and third years of their studentship, for a maximum of eight hours per week.

How to apply

  1. Download our scholarship covering letter template
  2. Complete the downloaded covering letter explaining your reasons for applying and why you are the ideal person to receive this scholarship.
  3. A research plan
  4. Your CV
  5. Two academic referees
  6. Email your completed covering letter, stating your full name and UUN in your email, to

Focus of the studentship

Co-production is one of the core elements of service delivery in both the public and private sectors, yet it is relatively poorly conceptualized and understood. This studentship will undertake new empirical work that will push forward our theoretical understanding of the concept and its application to service delivery. The research proposed may be either qualitative and/or quantitative and innovative methodological approaches are always welcome. It can address co-production in public and/or private sector services. Inter alia it may explore:

  • The comparative study of co-production in the public and private sectors.
  • Co-production and service innovation.
  • Co-production and value co-creation.
  • Co-production and service effectiveness.
  • The implications of co-production for human resource management in service organisations and for professionalism.

Other topics are also possible. Above all, we are looking for a candidate who has both a strong research question and a commitment to pushing forward the theory and practice of co-production in public and/or private sector services.

The studentship will be based within CenSE. Component disciplines of the Centre are accounting and finance, entrepreneurship and innovation, management science, marketing, organisation studies and HRM, public management, and strategic management and leadership.

For further information on the studentship contact Professor Stephen Osborne

Further information on the application process