Key facts
  • Deadline: Friday 9 June 2023
  • Funding start date: Thursday 1 February 2024
  • Number of funding places: 4
  • Country eligibility: International (open to all nationalities, including the UK)
  • Source of funding: University of Leeds

Up to four scholarships are available to UK and International applicants applying to study a PhD within the Marketing Department of Leeds University Business School. Three scholarships will be available for our October 2023 intake and one will be available for our February 2024 intake. This advert and all the information and links within are for the February 2024 intake.

Doctoral research students in marketing will develop the ability to pursue research that advances the frontiers of the marketing discipline and solves business and marketing problems using advanced research tools and techniques. They will learn how to derive implications from their research results and communicate their findings to policy makers, practitioners, and academics.

The PhD programme supports doctoral research students and enables them to develop skills in analysis of different types of data using a range of techniques and approaches. Furthermore, doctoral research students are expected to attend and participate in seminars, workshops, and conferences organised by the Marketing Department, more widely within Leeds University Business School and the Doctoral College. This helps expose doctoral research students to new research ideas and practices and create a stimulating environment for innovative thinking and impactful scholarly research.

PLEASE NOTE: This advert and all the information and links within are specifically for the February 2024 intake for the Leeds University Business School Marketing Department Scholarship. If you are instead interested in the October 2023 intake for the same competition, please see the relevant advert found here.

Information about the Award
  • This competition is open to home and international and applicants. Up to one scholarship will be awarded in this round.

Duration of the Award

  • Full-time (3.5 years). The award will be made for one year in the first instance and renewable for a further period of up to two and a half years, subject to satisfactory academic progress.


  • The award will cover full fees at the University of Leeds standard rate of fees.
  • A maintenance grant at the standard UKRI rate (£17,668 in Session 2022/23).

Other Conditions

  • Applicants must not have already been awarded or be currently studying for a doctoral degree.
  • Awards must be taken up by 1st February 2024.
  • The awards are available for new Postgraduate Researchers undertaking full-time or part-time research study leading to the degree of PhD. Students who are already registered for PhD research study are excluded from applying.
  • Applicants must live within a reasonable distance of the University of Leeds whilst in receipt of this Scholarship.
Faculty information

Information about Leeds University Business School

We are a leading, full-service business school, regularly world ranked by the Financial Times, QS and The Economist, and one of a small number of schools worldwide to be triple accredited by AACSB, AMBA and EQUIS. We deliver undergraduate, masters, MBA, PhD, executive and professional education and online study, to over 5000 students from around 100 countries.

The Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021 deemed 90% of the Business School’s submitted research to be either ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ overall. The School is a faculty of the University of Leeds, one of the leading higher education institutions in the UK, ranked in the top 100 universities in the world (QS rankings 2023) and a member of the prestigious Russell Group of research-intensive UK universities.

Our teaching and research is organised around our six departments: Accounting and Finance; Economics; International Business; Management; Marketing, and Work and Employment Relations. Much of our research involves cross-departmental, cross-university, cross-institutional and international collaborations organised through cross-disciplinary research centres. Our mission is to make an exceptional impact on business and society globally through leadership in research and teaching.

The Marketing Department

As a world-leading centre for marketing, the Department produces outstanding and impactful research. Drawing upon research and scholarship, the Department seeks to provide students an exceptional educational experience, offering skills and capabilities for competing in a global market.

We are among the world’s top-ranking education units in Marketing, delivering world-class teaching that combines state of the art research and scholarship. Among Russell Group research-intensive Universities, we are 1st for Marketing (Complete University Guide 2020) and 2nd in National Student Survey (NSS 2019) rankings.

Department members often collaborate with scholars in world-class universities as well as with companies and public-sector bodies. The research undertaken covers a broad range of marketing topics, mainly in the areas of Global and Strategic Marketing, Consumer Behaviour, Branding and Communications, and Sustainability.

Research has been published in numerous world-class academic journals, including Journal of Marketing, Journal of Marketing Research, Journal of Consumer Research, Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science, Journal of Consumer Psychology, Journal of International Business Studies, International Journal of Research in Marketing, Journal of Retailing, and Journal of Service Research.

Further information about the Marketing Department.

How to apply

Stage 1: First, apply for a research place of study by completing a study application form. You will be expected to meet our eligibility criteria for PhD candidates, including the English language requirements if your first language is not English. Once you have received your student ID number (a 9-digit number) move onto stage 2.

Stage 2: Apply for the Leeds University Business School Marketing Department scholarship by working your way through the scholarship application form.

If English is not your first language, you must provide evidence that you meet the Faculty’s minimum English language requirements.

As an international research-intensive university, we welcome students from all walks of life and from across the world. We foster an inclusive environment where all can flourish and prosper, and we are proud of our strong commitment to student education. Across all Faculties we are dedicated to diversifying our community and we welcome the unique contributions that individuals can bring, and particularly encourage applications from, but not limited to Black, Asian, people who belong to a minority ethnic community, people who identify as LGBT+ and people with disabilities. Applicants will always be selected based on merit and ability.

Entry requirements

Candidates should ideally have a first-class or at least a good upper second-class undergraduate degree. Candidates should hold a British Masters degree (or equivalent degree from an overseas university) or an equivalent professional qualification:

with a minimum average score of 60 percent (or equivalent); and in an appropriate academic discipline.

English language requirements

On all research degree programmes a pass in an approved test in English is required for applicants whose first language is not English. The approved tests and minimum required scores are detailed below. Please note that test scores are valid for 2 years.

IELTS (Academic) Overall score of at least 7.0 with no less than 6.0 in each section.

TOEFL iBT We require an overall test result of 100 with the following minimum scores required in each of these sections: Listening 21, Reading 21, Speaking 23, Writing 22.

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