PhD Scholarship: “Interpersonal Emotion Regulation and Performance”

The University of Manchester

Alliance Manchester Business School is committed to recruiting the highest calibre Ph.D. students from across the globe. With an excellent international reputation, we strive to produce graduates and researchers of distinction who attain the highest standards of academic excellence, contribute to their disciplines and typify Original Thinking Applied.

This PhD scholarship offers three years’ funding, including doctoral programme tuition fees and a stipend of approximately £15,000 per year for candidates wishing to commence their studies in September 2018. The successful candidate will also receive a generous research support and conference allowance. You will also have access to a robust doctoral research training programme, dedicated research resources, training in transferable skills, visiting speaker seminar programme, and associate with existing research centres and groups. In addition, all students are encouraged to undertake training and development in teaching and deliver teaching and/or research assistantship duties on a paid basis to further enhance their experience in preparation for their future careers.

The Project

Interpersonal emotion regulation (IER) refers to deliberate attempts that people make to manage others’ feelings. IER is an everyday process within a range of organisational contexts, and emerging evidence suggests that it can have important implications for people’s work performance. Yet little is known about the mechanisms of these effects, and there are no practical tools available for organisations in order to capitalise on the potential performance benefits of IER.

The advertised PhD position focuses on designing and testing an intervention to improve people’s use of IER in the workplace in order to ultimately enhance performance. The programme of research will involve: conducting a literature review on existing interventions for related processes across a range of disciplines; testing promising interventions in an online experiment with student participants; and testing a refined intervention in a rigorous field study in a work organisation. In the intervention studies, effects on performance and possible mediating variables will be tested.

This PhD links to the new Work and Equalities Institute and builds on an existing programme of research led by Dr. Karen Niven and Prof. David Holman.

Entry Requirements

Applications for this project are sought from exceptional UK, EU and international students with an outstanding academic background.

Applications are encouraged especially from candidates who have a background in psychology.

Applicants must have a First or Upper Second Class Honours degree (or equivalent) and hold or expect to obtain a Masters level qualification with Distinction. English Language requirements (where required) are IELTS 7.0, TOEFL 623 (100 ibt), PTE 66.

How to apply

Candidates should submit a PhD application for the PhD Business & Management programme and indicate that they wish to be considered for this project.

Your application must contain a letter of interest outlining your background, interest and research skills related to the topic, understanding of the project, and how you satisfy the requirements described above.

Candidates are strongly advised to submit their application as early as possible. Candidates who do not submit the required supporting documents by the deadline will not be considered.


For further details about the project, please contact Dr. Karen Niven at

For questions related to making your application, please contact Lynne Barlow-Cheetham in the Doctoral Programmes Office:

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