Funded PhD Opportunity Political literacy in Northern Ireland: An inter-generational approach

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Subject: Education


This project will explore the nature of political literacy in Northern Ireland and the role of education in creating a civically minded society.   Using quantitative data from NILT, YLT and KLT with interviews and focus groups, the study will generate comparative inter-generational data from which to explore issues around democratic participation and the contribution of formal education in shaping individual sense of political literacy.

Essential Criteria

  • Upper Second Class Honours (2:1) Degree or equivalent from a UK institution (or overseas award deemed to be equivalent via UK NARIC)
  • Experience using research methods or other approaches relevant to the subject domain
  • Sound understanding of subject area as evidenced by a comprehensive research proposal
  • A comprehensive and articulate personal statement
  • Research proposal of 1500 words detailing aims, objectives, milestones and methodology of the project

Desirable Criteria

If the University receives a large number of applicants for the project, the following desirable criteria may be applied to shortlist applicants for interview.

  • For VCRS Awards, Masters at 75%
  • Completion of Masters at a level equivalent to commendation or distinction at Ulster


    Vice Chancellors Research Scholarships (VCRS)

    The scholarships will cover tuition fees and a maintenance award of £15,009 per annum for three years (subject to satisfactory academic performance). Applications are invited from UK, European Union and overseas students.


    The scholarship will cover tuition fees at the Home rate and a maintenance allowance of £15,009 per annum for three years. EU applicants will only be eligible for the fees component of the studentship (no maintenance award is provided).  For Non EU nationals the candidate must be "settled" in the UK.

Other information

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Key Dates

Submission Deadline
Friday 8 March 2019
Interview Date
15 March 2019

Contact Supervisor

Dr Una O'Connor Bones

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