Business Management: Fee Only PhD Scholarship: Intensive Learning Academy (ILA) Innovation in Health And Social Care (RS618)

  • DeadlineDeadline: 15 May 2024 (16:00 BST)
  • WalesWales


Closing date: 15 May 2024 (16:00 BST)

Funding provider: Welsh Government

Subject area(s): Innovation in Health and Social Care

Project start date: 1 July 2024 (Enrolment open from mid-June) 

Academic Supervisors: To be confirmed at shortlisting stage.

Aligned programme of study: PhD Business Management

Mode of study: Full-time (Method B)

The All-Wales Intensive Learning Academy for Innovation in Health and Social Care has been developed to deliver a world-class learning, research and teaching base that will equip leaders with the confidence, skills and capability to realise innovation in health & care and wellbeing. 

Supported by Welsh Government, the Academy has been developed to support innovation, from the incremental to transformative across Health & Social Care. Involving public, private and third sectors through a case-based learning and practice approach, and drawing upon front-line activities of groups such as the NHS Innovation Leads, through to international knowledge and expertise of international partners and networks.  

The All-Wales Academy for Innovation in Health and Social Care welcomes applications for postgraduate research study from individuals working for Health and Social Care in Wales. Organisational support for professional learners is required, including consideration of how the research activity and output relates to the policy and/or practice. Topics can relate to any aspect of innovation which focuses on delivering against the Priorities of a Healthier Wales. Applications will be selected on the basis of this contribution, and against the eligibility criteria listed below.  

For more details please see here:

Entry Requirements

Applicants for the PhD must hold a master's degree from an approved university.  

Applicants will normally be expected to have a minimum of five years’ experience in a senior role. 

All applicants will be contacted by two representatives of the programme leadership team (normally including the programme director), and will be expected to demonstrate the drive and intellectual ability to undertake the research programme. 

IELTS 6.5 Overall (with no individual component below 6.5) or Swansea University recognised equivalent. Full details of our English Language policy, including certificate time validity, can be found here.

As well as academic qualifications, Admissions decisions may be based on other factors, including (but not limited to): the standard of the research synopsis/proposal, performance at interview, intensity of competition for limited places, and relevant professional experience. 

Due to funding restrictions, this scholarship is open to applicants eligible to pay tuition fees at the UK rate only, as defined by UKCISA regulations. 


As part of this programme we are able to offer several full-fee scholarships to professional learners from across Wales, working with the following: 

  • NHS Wales  
  • Local Authority Social Services 
  • Social Care Organisations in Wales 
  • Third Sector organisations in Wales 

Please note, this scholarship provides full-fee funding for three years only. It does not provide a stipend.


How To Apply

To apply, please complete your application online with the following information:

  1. Course choice – please select Business Management / PhD / Full-time / 3 Year / July

    In the event you have already applied for the above programme previously, the application system may issue a warning notice and prevent application, in this event, please email where staff will be happy to assist you in submitting your application.

  2. Start year – please select 2024
  3. Funding (page 8) –
  • ‘Are you funding your studies yourself?’ – please select No
  • ‘Name of Individual or organisation providing funds for study’ – please enter ‘RS618 -  Health and Social Care'

*It is the responsibility of the applicant to list the above information accurately when applying, please note that applications received without the above information listed will not be considered for the scholarship award.

One application is required per individual Swansea University led research scholarship award; applications cannot be considered listing multiple Swansea University led research scholarship awards.

We encourage you to complete the following to support our commitment to providing an environment free of discrimination and celebrating diversity at Swansea University: 

As part of your online application, you MUST upload the following documents (please do not send these via e-mail). We strongly advise you to provide the listed supporting documents by the advertised application closing date. Please note that your application may not be considered without the documents listed:

  • CV
  • Degree certificates and transcripts (if you are currently studying for a degree, screenshots of your grades to date are sufficient)
  • Two references (academic or previous employer) on headed paper or using the Swansea University reference form. Please note that we are not able to accept references received citing private email accounts, e.g. Hotmail. Referees should cite their employment email address for verification of reference.
  • Research Proposal
  • Industrial Supervisor CV
  • ILA Method B Form / Ffurflen Method B
  • Email or signed letter from their external supervisor stating they are happy to form part of the supervisory team
  • Intensive Learning Academy PhD scholarship application form and T&C May 2024 / Ffurflen gais Mai 2024
  • Evidence of meeting English Language requirement (if applicable).
  • Copy of UK resident visa (if applicable)
  • Confirmation of EDI form submission (optional) 

For enquiries, please email

*External Partner Application Data Sharing – Please note that as part of the scholarship application selection process, application data sharing may occur with external partners outside of the University, when joint/co- funding of a scholarship project is applicable.

Who is eligible to apply?

Due to funding restrictions, this scholarship is open to applicants eligible to pay tuition fees at the UK rate only, as defined by UKCISA regulations. 

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