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PhD in Business-related Korean Studies, Coventry University

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PhD in Business-related Korean Studies, Coventry University

Eligibility: UK/EU students with the required entry requirements

Award Details: Full UK/EU tuition fees and stipend of £14,777 per annum

Duration: Full-Time – 3 years 6 months (fixed term)

Application deadline: 15th August 2018 (4pm)

Interview dates: TBC

Start date: September 2018

Informal enquiries are essential before application; contact Dr. Eunju Hwang to discuss this opportunity.


Coventry University has been voted ‘Modern University of the Year’ three times running by The Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide. Ranked in the UK’s top 15 (Guardian University Guide), we have a global reputation for high quality teaching and research with impact. Almost two-thirds (61%) of our research was judged ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014.

The Korean Studies Unit is currently funded by the Academy of Korean Studies as part of the Research Centre for Financial and Corporate Identity It belongs to the Faculty of Business and Law and focuses on Korea-related research and educational programmes.

This fully-funded PhD studentship is based in the Centre for Financial and Corporate Integrity (CFCI) which is one of two research centres within the Faculty of Business and Law. 

CFCI brings together researchers in finance, economics, corporate accountability and law to focus on both the internal and external drivers of financial and economic contemporary problems facing global businesses and to deliver research that can better interpret, challenge and have meaningful impact for policy makers.

CFCI aims to find solutions to both national and international problems that affect current and future global citizens by exploring a variety of transformative events facing global corporations and their impact on relevant stakeholders in terms of social, economic and environmental welfare and sustainability.

Our motto reads “Eradicate Economic Inequality and Corruption by Celebrating Corporate Integrity and Individual Accountability”.


The Korean Studies Unit at Coventry University is looking for 2 PhD candidates who will contribute to business-related Korean Studies.

Korean Studies in Europe have focused on political studies, history and literature. Coventry University plans to target niche areas of Korean Studies such as economic history, historical insights on economic development and material culture. Examples of possible research topics are as follows:

  • The impact of social/cultural change on occupations
  • The impact of rapid social/economic changes on Korean business culture
  • Koreans’ attitudes towards debts/ loans/ mortgages and interest rates and their social implications
  • Why Korean entrepreneurs choose the red ocean knowing that they will face fierce competition
  • History of Chaebol
  • Corporate fraud and financial crimes in Korea
  • Hierarchical organisational culture and its consequences

Other business-related topics are also welcome.

During the project, the successful candidate will undertake project work one day per week such as updating a project website, organising seminars and workshops and preparing for annual reports.

Informal enquiries are welcome. Please contact Dr Eunju Hwang ( for further information.


Coventry University invites applications for a fully funded 3.5 year PhD studentship covering UK/EU fees plus stipend of £14,777 per year (2018-2021).


  • The Korean Studies Unit has been selected and funded by the Academy of Korean Studies
  • All researchers at Coventry University (from PhD to Professor) are part of the Doctoral College and Centre for Research Capability and Development, which provides support with high-quality training and career development activities.

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If you have any questions, please contact Dr Eunju Hwang at