PHD Studentship Scholarship for International Students at the University of Edinburgh Business School


PhD Studentship (CSE) – ‘Making a reality of the Public Service – Dominant Logic’

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

Deadline: Friday 1st May 2015

Nationality Criteria: All Countries

Value: £14,000 + tuition fees (EU/overseas)


The CSE offers a fully funded PhD studentship

Applicants should have:

  • possession of a Master’s degree from an accredited university in the UK or overseas, with evidence of above-average academic achievement (more than 65% overall in your Masters) and the ability to undertake independent research (Master’s dissertation at distinction level). This may be in a management discipline, public policy, public administration or management, or social policy, and;
  • for applicants whose native language is not English, an IELTS score of least 7.0, with no score lower than 6.0 in each section, or the equivalent from our approved list of certificates.

Selection will be based on:

  • quality of research proposal;
  • previous academic performance;
  • reference letters; and
  • publications (if any).

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


The award will be for three years, subject to satisfactory progress, at the following rates:

  • European Union candidates: standard EU tuition fee plus maintenance fee of £14,000 per year.
  • Non-European Union candidates: standard non-EU tuition fee plus maintenance fee of £14,000 per year.

How to apply

To apply for this scheme, please ensure that in your online application you:

  • Specify that you wish to be considered for this studentship;
  • include a covering letter explaining your reasons for applying and why you are the ideal person to receive this scholarship;
  • include an initial research proposal specifying your research question, how it fits into and extends the literature, and your initial thoughts upon an appropriate methodology – this should be a maximum of 1,500 words (plus references); and
  • include a CV.

Please note

  • It is advisable to apply as early as possible to ensure your application receives full consideration.
  • Depending on your location, interviews may be carried out remotely, e.g. Skype.

Focus of the studentship

Recent work by Professor Osborne and his colleagues has outlined the model of a public service-domain logic (PSDL) for public service organisations and has considered the implications of this for the sustainability of such organisations (Osborne et al 2013, Radnor & Osborne 2013, Osborne & Strokosch 2013, Osborne et al 2014). To date this work has been primarily theoretically and conceptual though some empirical research is now emerging to test this model (e.g. Hardyman et al 2015). The intention of this studentship is to enable a doctoral student to conduct empirical research that will test out and develop this model further. Inter alia, this research might explore sectoral differences in the application of PSDL, the concept of ‘value’ and ‘value co-creation’ in public services delivery, PSDL and public service innovation, co-production in a PDSL context, the nature of public service processes and service systems and the applicability of such techniques as ‘service blueprinting’, and the HRM implications of the PSDL – though other topics might also be relevant.

For further information on the studentship contact Professor Stephen Osborne –


  • W Hardyman, K Daunt & M Kitchener (2015) ‘Value co-creation through patient engagement in healthcare’ in Public Management Review (17, 1-2) pp. 90-107
  • S Osborne, Z Radnor & G Nasi 2013 ‘A services-dominant theory of public management’ in American Journal of Public Administration (43, 2)
  • Z Radnor & S Osborne 2013 ‘Lean: a failed theory for public services reform?’ in Public Management Review (15, 2)
  • S Osborne & K Strokosch 2013 ‘The co-production of public services: integrating the services management and public administration perspectives’ in British Journal of Management (24, S1) pp S31 – S47
  • S Osborne, Z Radnor, I Vidal & T Kinder 2014 ‘A sustainable business model for public service organisations?’ in Public Management Review (16, 2) pp. 165-172

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