PhD Scholarship Micro-Brewing and Distilling Entrepreneurs

‘Micro-brewing and distilling entrepreneurs: the origins, development and integration of real ale breweries and distilleries’

Funding: Fees plus an annual maintenance allowance of £13,590.

The School of Management and Languages at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh is highly successful and respected both nationally and internationally. Recent graduates, who benefit from the extensive research contacts of staff across the world, have gained employment in a range of academic and non-academic positions.

Applicants are now invited from suitably qualified candidates for this exciting three-year PhD scholarship opportunity.

Informal inquiries about the scholarship can be made to Professor Mike Danson

Microbreweries have become an important element of the brewing industry over a relatively short period of time. However, research on this competitive fringe of the brewing sector remains sparse. Micro-distilleries have had a later start but are also beginning to be established. This PhD will focus on the motives, characteristics, sources of funding, and ambitions of the entrepreneurs who have established these businesses and will work closely with the International Centre for Brewing and Distilling (ICBD) at Heriot-Watt to analyse evidence for take-overs and mergers, backward and forward integration and an evolving geography of production. Access to the graduates of the unique ICBD will provide a rich dataset of primary material which has not been evaluated before. It is anticipated that a mixed methodology will be appropriate.

The successful applicant will be expected to make a contribution to activities in the Department of Business Management within the School of Management and Languages in return for a fee-waiver plus an annual maintenance allowance of £13,590. The studentship is also entitled to a maximum of £2250 over the course of the three years of study to contribute towards conference attendance and research/training costs.

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This PhD studentship is open to all applicants (UK, EU and overseas).

Further details about the project and supervisors can be found at

For more information on how to apply, please email Caroline Murray ( with the subject line ‘Micro-brewing and distilling entrepreneurs’.

To apply for this Studentship, please click on the ‘Apply’ button below.

The closing date for applications is Monday 14th October 2013.

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