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SCDTP Studentship - Understanding Agile Project Management to raise productivity and efficiency within businesses

Southampton Business School

Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   £15,009
(19/20 UKRI rate)
Closing Date:  Thursday 23 January 2020
Reference:  1208319TR

Understanding Agile Project Management to raise productivity and efficiency within businesses

A fully funded studentship awarded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) South Coast Doctoral Training Partnership (SCDTP) commencing in 2020/21 Academic Year.

Supervisory Team:

Dr Serkan Ceylan (DDAR) Director of the Centre for Applied Science in Project Management Dr David Baxter (SIE) Associate; Dr Martin Kunc

This mixed-methods research will focus on agile project management. Studies suggest that only 22% of projects wholly met their original objectives (APM, 2017). There is a growing interest of understanding the dynamics of agile lightweight, robust and hybrid approaches to further project success and this research project will leverage successful grant applications in the pan-sector area of project management to overcome current challenges of further insights.

Skills Required

Strong qualitative and quantitative background; ideally an MSc in Project Management, or related subject; PhD student needs some prior practical or research experience in project management. Preferably on agile approaches but this is not a pre-requisite. Applicant may have some prior knowledge in system dynamics.


South Coast DTP Funding provides an annual maintenance grant (tax free) of £15,009 (2019/20 UKRI rate), plus payment of all programme fees.  Other funding available for SCDTP funded students can be found on the SCDTP website (

Funding is provided for 3 years full-time PhD study (pro-rata for part-time students).  Applications for 1+3 funding for students completing a Master's year prior to the commencement of PhD study are also welcome (details available at

Application Procedure

The closing date and time for applications is 4.00pm on 23rd January 2020.  The full application procedure, the funding application form, and more information on the South Coast Doctoral Training Partnership can be found at:

For further information about this project, please contact the lead supervisor detailed above.  For questions relating to the application procedure, or for more information about the SCDTP, please visit the SCDTP website or contact us at

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