School of Social Sciences - PhD Studentships - 2023

Type of award


Managing department

School of Social Sciences


  • Tuition fees
  • An annual maintenance stipend (£17,668 per annum for 2022/23)
  • Students can claim for certain research expenses from the Research Training Support Grant.

Specified use

3.5-year PhD

Tenable period

3.5 years full-time or 7 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
  • Law
  • Criminology

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:

  • Criminology
  • Economics
  • Law
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Competition for funding is very competitive and successfully candidates normally exceed the minimum entry requirements.
  • 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.

Other eligibility criteria

Funding will not be awarded to candidates who have previously received funding from any source for PhD level study at any other University.

Application procedure

You must also submit your online application for a place on your chosen PhD programme by 1 December 2022 (unless stated otherwise below). This is to ensure you hold an offer of a place by the time the school committee make their selection. Otherwise, you will not be included in the school competition. 

Your full online application must include;

  • A 1,500 word Research Proposal
  • Degree certificates and transcripts
  • An up to date academic CV
  • A Supporting Statement
  • Two Academic References
  • Name of preferred supervisor (to be included on the application form)
Please note that there is no separate funding application form for School of Social Sciences Studentships. All decisions are based on the online programme application and supporting documents.

Application form

Selection criteria

Selection is based on academic merit and supervisory availability.

Selection body

School of Social Sciences

Closing date

01 Dec 2022

Deadline to apply is  1 December 2022 , unless otherwise stated.

Deadlines for each Department as follows: 

  • Politics - 1 December 2022
  • Economics - Ongoing 2022 (We would encourage an early application)
  • Sociology - 1 December 2022
  • Social Anthropology - 1 December 2022
  • Social Statistics - 1 December 2022
  • Philosophy - 13 January 2023
  • Law - 1 December 2022
  • Criminology - 1 December 2022
  • Full School of Social Sciences application deadlines can be found here.

    Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

    Decision date

    March/April 2023

    Contact details for enquiries

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