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PhD Scholarships

De Montfort University Scholarships for the academic year 2021/2022 have not yet been announced. Once De Montfort University scholarships are available, they will be advertised here.


Utilising data and AI to secure improvements in passenger satisfaction and employee wellbeing with respect to airport security

This is a Future Aviation Security Solutions (FASS) funded 4-year industrial PhD studentship with Manchester Airports Group (MAG). The successful candidate will start their studies on  1st October 2021.  The scholarship comes with a stipend of £15,609, and is open to Home (UK) students only.

 Project Description

­­­­Delivering robust, effective and efficient airport security in the face of evolving and increasingly complex security threats, enhanced passenger service expectations, changing airline business models and competing business priorities is a key challenge for UK airports.

The aim of this research is to support MAG in shaping their data and AI utilisation strategy to secure improvements in passenger satisfaction and employee wellbeing with respect to airport security. The successful student will work in collaboration with MAG, who operate Manchester, Stansted and East Midlands airports, to understand the current situation and explore future requirements, conducting empirical research at MAG-owned airports in the UK. 


Professor Lucy Budd (, Professor of Air Transport Management; and Professor Stephen Ison (, Professor of Air Transport Policy, Leicester Castle Business School. Anni Stores (, Head of Governance and Efficiency, Manchester Airports Group

 Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must:

  • possess a relevant UK honours degree, with at least a high upper second class (2:1) or equivalent, and ideally a Master's Degree, with at least a high merit (65%) or equivalent. Relevant professional experience will also be considered on an individual basis.
  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the UK commercial air transport industry, gained either through relevant academic study or through academic study and relevant industry experience.
  • hold a valid UK passport for the duration of the research. Some overseas travel may be required.
  • Fulfil UK government requirements with respect to holding an airside pass and remain compliant with airside security requirements for the full 4-year period of the studentship. 
  • Successfully pass a 5-year background check with no gaps of more than 28 days.
  • Hold no criminal convictions that could be seen as disqualifying under the National Aviation Security Programme. You can view the list of disqualifying convictions at

Please note that the successful candidate will be based on site at MAG headquarters in Olympic House, with some remote working whilst current restrictions apply. Frequent travel to De Montfort University in Leicester and infrequent travel to the other MAG airports at East Midlands and London Stansted will also be required.

 How to apply

If you are interested in applying, please submit an application via our application portal which can be accessed here. When applying, please ensure that you identify FASS PhD studentship under the Proposed Programme of Study tab. Please also provide the following:

  • A statement of interest of 200 words in which you say why you are interested in studying for a PhD and how you believe you have the desired qualities and experiences for this research project. Please note; though the Admissions Portal asks for a research proposal, for this PhD project you need to provide the above 200-word statement instead.
  • Two recent references (preferably 2 academic references or one academic and one professional reference)

 Informal inquiries may be directed to Professor Lucy Budd ( or Professor Stephen Ison (  Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed via MS Teams or a similar platform before the end of July 2021.

Application Deadline: 5pm GMT on Wednesday, 30 June 2021.



Alumni Scholarships

The Vice-Chancellor's 2020 scholarships provide DMU graduates with a tuition fee discount of up to 50 per cent. The discount is available on selected full-time, part-time postgraduate courses running across multiple start dates. The scholarship, based on academic achievement and merit, applies automatically to all DMU Home and EU students who are graduating in 2020 or have graduated within the last two years (2019 or 2018)* and achieved a 2:1 (or equivalent) or above.

We are awaiting confirmation of this alumni scholarship being available for the academic year 2021/2022. Once confirmed, it will be advertised here.