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School of Social Sciences - PhD Studentships - 2018/2019

Type of award


Managing department

School of Social Sciences


  • UK/EU tuition Fees
  • Also, a small number of awards which will cover international tuition fees
  • £14,296 annual stipend (to be confirmed)
  • Students can claim for certain research expenses from the Research Training Support Grant.

Specified use

+3 PhD

Tenable period

3 years full-time or 6 years part-time.

Continuation of award

Continuation of the award is subject to satisfactory progress.

Number available

Available in the following areas;

  • Economics
  • Politics
  • Social Anthropology
  • Sociology
  • Philosophy
  • Social Statistics

Funding provider

This award is internal.

School of Social Sciences

Level(s) of study

This funding is available to students undertaking the following types of study:

  • Postgraduate research

Allowed study options

This funding is available to students undertaking the following modes of study:

  • Full-time
  • Part-time

Subject restrictions

This funding is available to students undertaking study in:

  • Economics
  • Philosophy
  • Politics
  • Social Anthropology
  • Social Statistics
  • Sociology

Academic requirements

Candidates MUST normally have;

  • Bachelors (Honours) degree (or overseas equivalent) at 2:1 level or above in a cognate subject, and
  • Normally a Masters degree at 65% overall average with minimum 65% in dissertation and with no mark below 55% (or overseas equivalent) in a relevant cognate subject, preferably one with a substantial research methods component. Transcripts will be carefully scrutinised to ensure that applicants have the required background.
  • Note; due to the volume of applications received each year, and limited spaces, regrettably offers cannot be made to all applicants who satisfy the academic entry criteria.
  • All applicants who pass the initial assessment stage will be interviewed before any offer is confirmed.

Nationality restrictions

This funding is available to all nationalities.

Application procedure

Full on-line application which must include;

  • Research proposal
  • Two academic references
  • Degree certificates and transcripts
  • CV
  • Name of preferred supervisor (to be included on the application form)

Application form

Selection criteria

Selection is based on academic merit/supervisory availability and research

Selection body

School of Social Sciences

Closing date

03 Feb 2018

For receipt of ALL application documents.

Specific deadlines for each Department as follows:  (these dates are for consideration for School funding and the Research Councils - NWDTC and NWCDTP).  See below for further information:

  • Politics - Friday 2 February 2018
  • Economics - Monday 8 January 2018 - specifically for NWDTC (further deadlines of 5 March and 15 June for other funding available via Economics)
  • Sociology - Friday 1 December 2017
  • Social Anthropology - Friday 1 December 2017
  • Social Statistics - Friday 1 December 2017
  • Philosophy - Friday 19 January 2018
  • Applied Social Research - Friday 1 December 2017
  • In some circumstances departments may consider applications received after the December deadline but providing they are received by FRIDAY 2 FEBRUARY at the VERY LATEST (complete applications).

    Decision date

    March/April 2018

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