Sunday, April 20, 2008

UK MPhil/PhD Funded Studentship

MPhil/PhD Funded Studentship

Rural Tourism and Farm Diversification: An Analysis of Farmers as Entrepreneurs

Reference No RS/07/18

A full-time MPhil/PhD funded studentship is available in the Lancashire Business School. The studentship is tenable up to 3 years (subject to satisfactory progress) with an expected commencement date of 1 July 2008. The studentship will cover the cost of tuition fees at UK/EU and Overseas rates plus a maintenance based grant (currently £12,600 per annum).

This project critically appraises the nature and extent of the entrepreneurial skills, activities and needs of farmers as providers of rural tourism products and experiences, locating the analysis within contemporary rural development and diversification policies. Its purpose is to develop a model of successful entrepreneurship skills and strategies for farm diversification into tourism as a basis for developing appropriate rural development and diversification policies.

Applicants are required to submit a two-page outline research proposal for their research degree, AND a sample of their written work taken from their previous higher education. (eg chapter from dissertation, or essay) along with their completed application form

Applicants should have, or expect to receive, an upper second class or first class honours degree or an MSc in a related discipline.

Informal enquiries (project related) may be directed to Professor Richard Sharpley (+44 01772 894622, or email

Requests for an application pack (quoting the reference number RS/07/18) should be directed to the Graduate Research Office. Tel +44 (0)1772 894287 or e-mail

Closing Date: 16th May 2008