WALES ESRC DTP PHD ‘COLLABORATIVE’ STUDENTSHIP - Investigating the Gender Pay Gap in Medicine in the UK (in collaboration with Office of Manpower Economics (OME))

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    Cardiff University
    United Kingdom
    Social sciences



In May 2018 the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Jeremy Hunt promised to “eradicate the Gender Pay Gap (GPG) in medicine” prompting new research and policy attention. A recent Office of Manpower Economics (OME) report (link to report below) by Cardiff Business School estimated the hourly GPG within the Review Body on Doctors’ and Dentists’ Remuneration (DDRB) to be 20 per cent, higher than in any of the other Pay Review Bodies (PRBs) considered. The report also found evidence that GPG is more pronounced towards the top of the wage distribution within the UK public sector, consistent with a ‘glass ceiling’. This PhD aims to build on these findings by further exploring the GPG among UK doctors. In doing so, it will provide evidence of particular relevance to the DDRB which covers 217,000 workers and is responsible for a pay bill of £19 billion (OME, 2017).

What is funded

Cardiff Business School, supported by the ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership for Wales, invites applications for funded PhD study. The ‘collaborative studentships’, involve liaison with a non-academic organisation, often at many key stages of the research programme. They will commence in October 2020 and will cover your tuition fees as well as a maintenance grant (currently £15,009 p.a. for 2019/20 for full-time students);and includes access to an additional Research Training Support Grant.

Full awards are open to UK Nationals and EU students who can satisfy UK residency requirements.


Depending on academic background, the studentship is available:

- Normally, as a ‘1+1+2 studentship’, involving two full-time years of research training, comprising of the MSc Economics and MRes Economics programmes, followed by two years of full-time Doctoral study

- In exceptional cases, as a ‘1+2’ studentship, comprising of one full-time year of research training in the MRes Economics programme, followed by two years of full-time Doctoral study


Applications are invited from exceptional candidates with a first class or strong upper second-class honours degree, and an appropriate master’s degree with an average mark of at least 65%.


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