Research students

PhD (via MPhil) Studentship in the Agile Research Network, School of Physical Sciences and Computing

Reference RS/18/17

Applications are invited for a full time PhD (via MPhil) studentship with the Agile Research Network, School of Physical Sciences and Computing.  The studentship is tenable for up to 3 years full-time [subject to satisfactory progress] and will cover the full cost of tuition fees plus an annual stipend of £14777 per year  (18/19 rates subject to annual inflation).  Applications are welcome from UK/EU and International applicants.  It is expected the successful applicant will commence either 1 April 2019 or 1 July 2019.

Project Title

Agile Transformation in IT and Business Contexts

Project Description

As Agile approaches mature and the business environment becomes more competitive and technology-driven, many organisations are embarking on agile transformations to enable them to respond more effectively to changes in the environment. This project will investigate Agile transformation in organisational settings, including IT-focussed and whole business transformations. Areas of research focus might include drivers, contextual barriers and facilitators, cultural change, assessing business value, and sustainability. The project involves undertaking rigorous empirical research in organisations and working closely with collaborators to provide insights and evidence for the practitioner community.

The successful candidate will become part of the Agile Research Network (ARN), a group of researchers in the UK based at the University of Central Lancashire and the Open University. The ARN has worked together since 2013 undertaking empirical research into agile approaches with the aim of making research results useful and accessible to practitioners. This position is co-funded by the Agile Business Consortium, a not-for-profit professional body that promotes and enables business agility, and the University of Central Lancashire.

Candidates should have (or expect to have been formally awarded by the start date ) at least a UK Bachelor honours degree at second class (upper division) level (or equivalent qualification) in Information Systems, Computing, Business, Management or related subject, and an interest in researching Agile approaches in business settings.

EU and International applicants require an English Language level of UKVI IELTS 6.5 (no sub score less than 6.0 (or acceptable UCLan equivalent qualification).

Further Information

For any academic related queries about the project please contact Peggy Gregory email

Completed application forms should be returned to the Research Student Registry email, quoting the studentship reference number RS/18/17

Application Form (.docx 78.1kb)
Description and Specification (.docx 25.3kb)

Closing Date: 8 February 2019
Proposed Interview Date: 22 February 2019