Department of Social Policy and Social Work PhD studentship

PhD applicants are invited to apply for a Departmental PhD studentship to begin in the academic year 2022/23.


Applications must align with the Department’s core themes. If you are uncertain whether your intended research area is a good fit for our Department, contact the PhD Admissions Tutor:


All applicants must meet the Department’s standard PhD application requirements, which include as a minimum an undergraduate degree grade of First/IIi and the submission of a research proposal of 3000 words. 

Applicants must also demonstrate that they have already completed substantial social sciences training in research methods which would enable them to undertake an independent research project in a particular discipline or interdisciplinary field.

An applicant must have at least 60 credits at Masters level of core social sciences research methods acquired in the last five years. This must include a broad range of methods, including quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods and the use of appropriate software/tools for their application, and comprehension of principles of research design and strategy, and an appreciation of alternative approaches to research.

Shortlisted applicants will be interviewed. Students who are not successful in securing the studentship may still be offered a place conditional on their securing alternative funding.

Awards will be based on academic merit and research potential. For information on what to include within your research proposal, please see our guidance notes within the SPSW PhD and MPhil Programmes page, under the ‘Application Process’ heading. 

This award is open to all students who adhere to the above criteria, but we are particularly seeking to support applications from candidates who self-identify as being from a Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic (BAME) background.


The funding is for a 3-year PhD studentship. 


  • The funding will cover fees at the standard UK Research Council rate as applied to home students (£4,596 in 2022/23)
  • A maintenance grant at the standard UK Research Council rate (£16,062 in 2022/23)

Overseas students can apply but must raise funding to cover the shortfall between home student and overseas student fees.


The deadline for applications is 30th June. Please signal that you are applying for the ‘Departmental Studentship’ where the application asks ‘How studies will be funded’.