Postgraduate research opportunities PhD in Economics of EducationApply
- Opens: Thursday 12 January 2023
- Deadline: Friday 31 March 2023
- Number of places: 1
- Funding: International fee, Home fee, Stipend
OverviewThis PhD will concern applied, quantitative, policy relevant analyses of education policies, educational inputs, institutions, the effect of education on labour market and other outcomes.The PhD-candidate will work closely with the supervisory team on a project that is concerned with the effects of school starting age on attainment, pupil health, bullying, and long-term outcomes.The successful candidate will become part of the Fraser of Allander Institute (FAI).
Candidates are required to have:
- An excellent undergraduate degree with Honours in Economics (or related field).
- A Master’s degree (or equivalent) will be strongly preferred.
- Experience in programming (especially proficiency in Stata) is highly recommended.
- Interest in economics and education-related issues.
- Strathclyde Business School is committed to supporting a diverse and inclusive postgraduate research population. We make decisions on entry by assessing the whole person and not relying solely on academic achievements. On that basis, please ensure that your application (via your CV and covering letter) can evidence your resourcefulness, commitment and resilience as demonstrated by broader professional and life experiences. This evidence should be centred on your ability to undertake and complete a PhD and contribute to a positive PhD community.
- If English isn't your first language, you'll need an IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent with no individual element below 5.5.
Your application must include:
- A cover letter presenting your academic path, motivation for doing a PhD and fit with the advertised research project
- An updated curriculum vitae
- Details of two academic referees, including email addresses
- Academic transcripts, which must be certified copies
This PhD will concern applied, quantitative, policy relevant analyses of education policies, educational inputs and institutions, the effect of education on labour market and other outcomes. The candidate will get access to a large administrative dataset provided by the Scottish Government. As well as with quantitative research designs, this data source can be used to obtain causal effects of environmental factors and school-specific determinants of educational attainment and pupils' transition into the labour market.
The PhD-candidate will work closely with the supervisory team on a project that is concerned with the effects of school starting age on attainment, pupil health, bullying, and long-term outcomes. There is also clear scope for the candidate to pursue their own research ideas within the broad ‘economics of education’ research area. A focus on education in Scotland or the UK is not a requirement.
The successful candidate will become part of the Fraser of Allander Institute (FAI). The FAI is a leading economic research institute in Scotland, with extensive research and knowledge exchange activities aligned to Scottish and UK public policy. As such, the student will have access to the expertise of a wide range of experienced researchers, opportunities to engage with policymakers, and join a cohort of other PhD students undertaking policy relevant research.
This is primarily a research position (although the PhD will also offer opportunities to engage in teaching and tutoring). Data affinity and a quantitative mindset will be key assets because applied quantitative work requires diligent coding (mainly in Stata, but R is also acceptable) and data analysis skills. Prior training in econometrics and applied micro/causal inference is a big plus, although opportunities to learn new skills will be provided throughout the PhD. Good writing and presentation skills are a big plus.
Fully-funded scholarship for 3 years covers all university tuition fees (at UK level) and an annual tax-free stipend. International students are also eligible to apply, but they will need to find other funding sources to cover the difference between the home and international tuition fees. Exceptional international candidates may be provided funding for this difference.
Number of places: 1
There will be a shortlisting and interview process.
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Start date: Oct 2023 - Sep 2024
Please direct informal enquiries about the projects to Dr Markus Gehrsitz (firstname.lastname@example.org) and/or Prof Stuart McIntyre (email@example.com).