Ulster University, as a partner in the ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership of Northern Ireland and the North-East (ESRC-NINE), is pleased to offer up to four postgraduate studentships in the following areas of enquiry across the social sciences:

  • Health, Well-being and Society
  • Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work
  • Politics and International Studies
  • Law
  • Conflict, Security and Justice
  • Management, Business and Economics

For more information about this competition for postgraduate funding with the ESRC-NINE, please visit the Ulster University website, and the ESRC-NINE website. For information about eligibility criteria, see here.

There are multiple types of award available, including 1+3 scholarships, which will fund a Master’s qualification and a PhD at Ulster University. Candidates must register to complete the PhD at Ulster, but if Ulster doesn’t have an appropriate Master course in the candidate’s area, candidates register for the Masters component at any of the universities in the ESRC-NINE, including Durham University, Queen’s University Belfast, Newcastle University, Northumbria University, Teeside University and the University of Sunderland.

We especially welcome candidates who envisage a collaborative element with a non-university partner in their doctoral studies.

Irrespective of the pathway you take, the ESRC-NINE offers a strong training programme to DTP students, who will acquire a valuable set of skill in the course of their study, equipping them for a high-profile career as social scientists in academia or in other commercial, government, industrial, and third-sector organizations.

A DTP studentship will cover fees and provide £15,009 p.a. in living costs (current rates). DTP students also receive a personal allowance for additional training costs, and can apply for further funding to pursue fieldwork, academic exchange, and collaboration with non-academic partner organisations.

What next? If you are interested in making an application, please contact Dr Shane Mac Giollabhuí ( to discuss your candidacy.

Essential criteria

Applicants should hold, or expect to obtain, a First or Upper Second Class Honours Degree in a subject relevant to the proposed area of study.

We may also consider applications from those who hold equivalent qualifications, for example, a Lower Second Class Honours Degree plus a Master’s Degree with Distinction.

In exceptional circumstances, the University may consider a portfolio of evidence from applicants who have appropriate professional experience which is equivalent to the learning outcomes of an Honours degree in lieu of academic qualifications.

Funding and eligibility

This project is funded by: ESRC

The University offers the following levels of support:

Due consideration should be given to financing your studies. Further information on cost of living

The Doctoral College at Ulster University