School of Social Sciences - PhD Studentships - 2021 (CLOSED)

Type of award


Managing department

School of Social Sciences


  • Tuition Fees at a Home rate (2021/21 rate is to be confirmed by UKRI)
  • Also, a small number of awards which will cover international tuition fees
  • An annual maintenance stipend (£15, 285 in 2020/1, exact rate for 2021/22 subject to confirmation from UKRI)
  • Students can claim for certain research expenses from the Research Training Support Grant.

Specified use

+3 PhD

Tenable period

3 years and a half  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

Full on-line application which must include;

  • Research proposal.  Click here for guidelines.
  • 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

01 Dec 2020

Deadline to apply is 1 December 2020, unless otherwise stated.

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

  • Politics - 1 December 2020
  • Economics - 8 January 2021 - specifically for NWSSDTP
  • Sociology - 1 December 2020
  • Social Anthropology - 1 December 2020
  • Social Statistics - 1 December 2020
  • Philosophy - 11 January 2021
  • Law - 1 December 2020
  • Criminology - 1 December 2020
  • In some circumstances departments may consider applications received after the December deadline but providing they are received by 31 JANUARY at the VERY LATEST (complete applications).

    Decision date

    March/April 2020

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