Fees & Studentships


Proposed Fees for the year 2014/15

Home and other European Union students *
Full-time fees per year: £3,996 

Overseas / (Non-EU) Students *
Full-time fees per year: £12,316

Funding Opportunities

Recruitment and selection in the UK care sector

Dr Ann Davis (Aston University) and Prof Stephen A. Woods (University of Surrey)

The UK care sector is growing and increasingly scrutinized in terms of the effectiveness and conduct of care workers. Businesses and organizations in the sector are therefore faced with the dual challenge of fast paced recruitment to meet business growth needs and turnover, alongside continual demand to improve quality of recruitment and selection.

This PhD studentship, funded by PPS, a leading recruitment outsourcing provider, seeks to identify effective recruitment and selection practice in the UK care sector.  The successful applicant will carry out a comprehensive literature review identifying state of the art in recruitment and selection practice in the field, as well as developing testable models of carer effectiveness.  Subsequently, empirical research will be carried out to validate the model and develop an instrument to evaluate carer effectiveness.  This will lead to a longitudinal study of recruitment and selection effectiveness within the industry.

We are looking for a UK or EU graduate with an MSc in Work Psychology at merit or distinction level.  Evidence of high quality applied research experience is desired.  Informal enquiries can be made to Dr Ann Davis (a.j.davis@aston.ac.uk) or Professor Steve Woods s.a.woods@surrey.ac.uk).

Financial Support:

UK students (including EU nationals who have been continuously resident in the UK for the last 3 years) will receive full tuition fees.  For UK Students only - a tax-free stipend will be provided at the current rate of £13,863 p.a. rising with inflation, for 3 years.

Selection Process

Selection will take place on 10th October 2014 at Aston University.Candidates will be asked to give a presentation on a practical challenge in recruitment and selection, highlighting research-informed solutions to that problem. 

Candidates will also complete a structured/competency-based interview and a personality inventory.

 Application Requirements:

  • Eligible Applicants should hold at least a Bachelor (Hons.) Degree of either First Class or Upper Second Class and hold a Masters Degree (MSc/MRes) in Work / Organizational / Occupational Psychology.

  • EU Applicants will need to demonstrate adequate proficiency in English Language skills, with a minimum overall score of 101 (Internet Based) (with a minimum score in each section of: R: 23, W: 28, L: 23 and S: 23) in TOEFL or IELTS with minimum marks of 6.5 in each section and an overall band of 7.0.

  • The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate an organised, conscientious and autonomous working style, be a credible communicator with business and academic stakeholders, and be a critical and practical problem solver. 

  • Excellent research acumen, and skills in writing for a variety of audiences are also essential.

  • The Studentship is fully funded for 3 years, subject to a satisfactory progress review at the end of the first year.  Submission within 4 years is required, with registration fees paid for the fourth year if required. The anticipated registration date is as soon as possible following successful application.

 How to Apply

Complete the on-line application form at http://www.aston.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/apply/ quoting the reference RSUKCS on all applications. Attach to the application a written sample of your previous research work (for example your Masters dissertation or project).

The Closing Date for Applications is: Friday 26 September 2014

For any queries, please email rdp@aston.ac.uk  or telephone +44(0)121 204 3219

Student Profile

Student Profile

Jim Scott

'I chose Aston because of its strong multi-disciplinary research and because of its very strong links with local and national businesses which ensures my research is applied.'


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