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School of Social Sciences - PhD Studentships - January 2018 start

Type of award


Principal investigator

Dr Stuart Shields, Postgraduate Research Director

Managing department

School of Social Sciences


  • UK/EU tuition fee
  • £14,553 per annum maintenance stipend
  • £750 per annum research training support grant

Specified use

Research MUST be linked to the School's research priorities .

Tenable period

Three years, full-time

Continuation of award

Continuation of the award is subject to satisfactory progress.

Number available

Minimum 6

Funding provider

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

Subject restrictions

This funding is available to students undertaking study in:

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

Academic requirements

MINIMUM, UK (or EU equivalent) Masters degree at Merit level, including 60% overall average, 60% in dissertation and with no mark below 50%.

Nationality restrictions

This funding is available to students from the UK and EU.

Application procedure

Submit full PhD application and include the following supporting documents:

  • research proposal ( guidance on how to write a proposal )
  • two academic references (referees can submit references directly to
  • CV
  • degree transcripts and certificates
  • IELTS or TOEFL certificate (if from a non-native English speaking country).  English criteria can be found on the programme details pages.
  • include name of SoSS January 2018 PhD Studentship in funding section on the application form
  • include name of two preferred supervisors on application form.

Application form

Selection criteria

Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed, either in person or via Skype, or similar.

Selection body

School of Social Sciences

Closing date

01 Dec 2017

1 December 2017 for receipt of ALL documents.

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Decision date

mid-December 2017

Deferral information

Award cannot be deferred.

Contact details for enquiries