School of Social Sciences PhD Studentships 2024 Entry

Type of award


Managing department

School of Social Sciences


  • Tuition fees
  • An annual maintenance stipend (£18,622 per annum for 2023/24)
  • A research training support grant

Specified use

+3.5 - covering a full postgraduate research programme

Please note that existing postgraduate research students cannot be considered for this funding.

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

A number of awards are available on a competitive basis.

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
  • Law
  • Philosophy
  • Politics
  • Social Anthropology
  • Social Statistics
  • Sociology

Academic requirements

  • Bachelor's (Honours) degree in a cognate subject at 2:1 or above (or overseas equivalent); and
  • Master's degree in a relevant subject - with an overall average of 65% or above, a minimum mark of 65% in your dissertation and no mark below 55% (or overseas equivalent)

Nationality restrictions

This funding is available to all nationalities.

Application procedure

You must submit your online application for a place on your chosen Postgraduate Research programme by the relevant programme deadline (detailed below). Your programme application should contain all necessary supporting documents.

Section 9 of the application asks for your funding intentions. In this section, you should detail fully all the competitions in which you would like to be considered. There is no limit to the number of competitions you may enter, but all must be detailed in your online application form to ensure you are included. Please add a funding source, and populate the fields as below:

  • Type of Funding: Uni of Manchester Scheme
  • Awarding Body (free text): SoSS School Studentships
  • Status of Funding: Intend to Apply

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

Additional documentation

Your full online application must include;
  • A 1,500 word  PhD research proposal. Please state the word count on page 1 of the document.
  • Copies of the academic transcript and certificate from both your Bachelor's and Master's degrees. If your Master's degree is pending, please provide an interim transcript;
  • An up to date academic CV, detailing your education and qualifications; employment history; publications; and any other relevant information.
  • You must nominate two academic referees (including one from your most recent institution). Your referees will be contacted directly via the Referee Portal following submission of your application form. 
  • International applicants must additionally provide English Language evidence (e.g IELTS). 

Selection criteria

  • Academic merit and preparedness for research
  • Quality and feasibility of research proposal
  • Consideration of ethical responsibility

Selection body

School of Social Sciences Postgraduate Research Committee (PGRC)

Closing date

01 Dec 2023

Your complete online application for your preferred PhD programme must be submitted by the dates below:
  • Criminology: 1 December 2023
  • Law: 1 December 2023
  • Politics: 1 December 2023
  • Social Anthropology: 1 December 2023
  • Social Statistics: 1 December 2023
  • Sociology: 1 December 2023
  • Philosophy: applications for September 2024 entry onto PhD Philosophy will be accepted until 30 June 2024. All Philosophy applications will be considered for School of Social Sciences PhD Studentships, however, we reserve the right to close the competition at any stage if all awards have been allocated, so we recommend that you apply as early as possible.

Please note that the given deadlines are strict and late or incomplete applications will not be included in the competition.

Decision date

We expect to communicate the outcome to applicants by June 2024.

Unfortunately, we are unable to provide feedback on individual applications, as outcomes are determined by independent panels.

Deferral information

Offers of funding are not deferrable. If you cannot start your programme by the date mentioned in your studentship offer letter, the award will be withdrawn. You are permitted to re-apply in future.

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