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ESRC NINE Doctoral Training Partnership

Ulster University is delighted to announce the launch of a new Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) for social sciences funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

PhD Studentships in Social Sciences

This DTP will focus on the provision of exceptional PG social sciences training producing world-class research across the full range of social science disciplines.

Applications are now closed.

Many thanks to all those who applied.

An exciting collaboration

The new NINE DTP is an exciting collaboration with 7 other partner institutions.

  • University of Newcastle
  • Durham University
  • Queen’s University
  • University of Northumbria
  • University of Sunderland
  • Teesside University

NINE DTP builds upon the previous North East Doctoral Training Centre.

NINE provides an opportunity for you to be part of a community of academic excellence which is shaping the global future of social sciences while engaging with the challenges in our local communities.

Project development

All prospective applicants are strongly advised to contact the relevant staff member for their chosen research area to discuss and develop a research proposal before completing their application, and should spend time preparing and developing their research questions and planned methodologies.

and Society Single disciplinary pathway

Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work Single disciplinary pathway

Management, Business and Economics Single disciplinary pathway

Health, Well-being and Society Interdisciplinary pathway

Conflict, Security and Justice Interdisciplinary pathway

Entrance Requirements

All applicants should hold a first or upper second class honours degree in Social sciences, or a cognate area.

Applications will be considered on a competitive basis with regard to the candidate’s qualifications, skills experience and interests.

Residence Requirements

To qualify for a full studentship, you must:

  1. have settled status in the UK, meaning there are no restrictions on how long you can stay.
  2. have been ‘ordinarily resident’ in the UK for three years prior to the start of the studentship grant. This means you must have been normally residing in the UK (apart from temporary or occasional absences).
  3. not have been residing in the UK wholly or mainly for the purpose of full-time education. This does not apply to UK and EU nationals.

For full details on residency requirements visit ESRC’s residency requirements.

Types of studentship available may include:

  • +3 years for students who have completed a research masters
  • 1+3 years for students who have not yet completed a masters
  • +3.5 years for students who have completed a masters but lack the required core research methods training

Studentships will comprise Tuition fees together with an annual stipend (tax-free) of £14,296 and will be awarded for the relevant period as noted above subject to satisfactory progress.