PhD scholarships in Business Management

Gender & Occupational Segregation in Apprenticeships

Co-funded by the ESRC and SDS (Skills Development Scotland)

Based in the Department of Business Management  here in the School of Management and Languages at Heriot-Watt University this collaborative PhD project will carry out a major review of gender and occupational segregation in apprenticeships in Scotland. It will look at horizontal segregation (concentration in different occupational frameworks) and vertical segregation (concentration at different VQ levels) within the apprenticeship system. The project will examine the causes, nature and consequences of gender segregation across occupations in the wider economy, consider the key challenges to addressing occupational gender segregation in apprenticeships and identify good practice approaches to addressing these challenges.

This three year PhD studentship covers full-time UK/EU fees and stipend (including an annual maintenance allowance of £13,726 and training support of £750), co-funded by SDS and the ESRC and offering the student unique access to policy and practitioner expertise and impact.The studentship is also entitled to a maximum of £2250 over the course of the three years of study to contribute towards conference attendance and research/training costs.

N.B. This studentship is only open to UK and EU citizens who have been resident within the UK (including for full-time education) for the past three years.


Professor Mike Danson


This PhD studentship is open to UK and EU citizens resident in the UK throughout the past 3 years (including for full-time education).

Candidates must have a social science first degree and a Masters degree.

How to apply

For information on how to apply, please contact Caroline Murray:


Applications must be submitted by Friday 25th April 2014.