Fully Funded PhD Studentships in the School of Social, Political and Geographical Sciences 2017, Loughborough University, UK

Publish Date: Jan 16, 2017

Deadline: Jan 27, 2017

Applications are invited for up to two fully funded studentships in the School of Social, Political and Geographical Sciences at Loughborough University.

Internationally renowned for its research excellence, the University has a vibrant research student community of around 1200 students supported by a £6 million annual investment. In the most recent Research Excellence Framework, every department was found to be undertaking research that is internationally recognised, with many regarded as ‘world leading’. Comfortably ranked in the top 20 of all major university league tables, the University was voted The Times Higher Education ‘Best Student Experience’ in England for the past six years.

The School comprises three Departments: Geography (including physical and human geography); Politics, History and International Relations; and Social Sciences (Communication and Media Studies; Criminology and Social Policy; Social Psychology; Sociology). The School is host to many international research centres and groups, including a Natural Environment Research Council doctoral training centre; an ESRC-funded Advanced Training suite of research methods workshops for postgraduate students, and a newly awarded ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership with other Midlands universities. Units in the School were identified by REF 2014 as has having a very strong research culture and innovation in research methodology.

The studentships are central to the School’s overarching research interests in five areas: Communication, culture and public scholarship; Children, youth and families; Environmental processes; Migration, identities, the individual and the state, and Politics, crime and governance (particularly resilience and conflict resolution). We are also keen to recruit students to areas recognized as world-leading in REF 2014, including political communication (including media history); social theory (including in relation to media); conversation analysis; nationalism and migration (including in relation to media); climate change, sedimentology; the geography of globalization; crime and victimization; social exclusion and poverty; European comparative politics; and children and families.

You must contact the School/Department before submission to discuss your proposal. Research studentships should relate to SSPGS staff expertise. As a research student you will be provided with research skills training and support from internationally recognised academics.

Funding and eligibility

The studentships are open to graduates with backgrounds in relevant disciplines and who are articulate, well qualified and highly motivated. The minimum entry qualification is a 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent. The studentship is for three years and provides:

  • a tax-free stipend of £14,296 per annum for the duration of the studentship (16/17 RCUK recommended values) 
  • plus tuition fees at the UK/EU rate

International (non EU) students may apply however the total value of the studentship will be used towards the cost of the International tuition fee in the first instance. 

The candidate will be expected to register for 1st October 2017. The closing date for applications is Friday 27th January 2017.


Applications can be made online at the official website.


For further details and enquiries about the application process, please contact Research Degree Programme Administrators for the relevant Department or subject area: For Politics, History and International Relations contact Audrey Pridmore A.E.Pridmore@lboro.ac.uk ; for Geography, contact Sue Clarke S.N.Clarke@lboro.ac.uk; and for Social Sciences, contact Deirdre Lombard D.Lombard@lboro.ac.uk.

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