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Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) PhD Studentships at Birkbeck

2022/23 Entry

Birkbeck is a member of the UCL, Bloomsbury and East London (UBEL) Doctoral Training Partnership, which is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

Fully-funded ESRC PhD studentships are available for doctoral research at Birkbeck with opportunities for Masters training attached to your chosen PhD programme.

Birkbeck is a research-intensive university based in central London with a community of over 700 research students. Our vibrant and intellectually challenging research environment is built upon 200 years of research excellence.


Applicants must meet the entry criteria for their chosen PhD programme. Home and International students are eligible to apply. Further eligibility and funding details are available on the UBEL website.

How to apply

Applicants must submit a preliminary application by 10 January 2022.

Please note:
Some Birkbeck departments have earlier internal deadlines in December 2021. It is essential to contact the prospective Birkbeck department and pathway leader in the first instance to discuss the PhD programme and funding application process, and to receive guidance.

Information about how to apply is available here

Widening participation

Applications are encouraged from all under-represented groups, including people with disabilities, ethnic minorities (especially Black British), lower income families and mature students.

You can begin your doctoral research with a studentship in any of the following areas:

Archaeology and Heritage Studies

Disciplines include Archaeological Practice, Cultural Heritage Studies, Heritage Studies, Public Archaeology, Heritage Science and Sustainable Heritage.

Economic and Social History

Focusing on the relationship between society, the economy and power, state formation and emergent fields such as educational history, healthcare, environmental history and technology and material/consumer culture.


Exceptionally strong and complementary expertise in the field of economics and finance.

Gender and Sexuality

Expertise in the areas of gender and: international development, psychosocial studies and sociology, law, media and cultural studies, and sexuality and history.

Health and Wellbeing

Health and well-being in the family; lived experience of health and illness; resilience in breast cancer; health psychology; quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods.

Human Geography

Birkbeck offers expertise in critical human geography and environmental geography through collaborative projects.

Law and Criminology

Birkbeck Law has a reputation for pioneering new fields of legal scholarship offering a strong critical, theoretically-driven and dynamic research culture and have a breadth of expertise and research interests.


With an emphasis on interdisciplinary methods, we seek to understand the nature and functions of language and communication in real-life contexts through rigorous, critical examination.

Politics and International Relations

Students follow their research interests with a distinctive emphasis determined by focus and methodological approach.


Great breadth with interlocking areas of strength in development, education, social change, language, cognition, neuroscience, and computation.

Psychosocial Studies

An interdisciplinary field drawing on critical frameworks to study the interconnections between individual subjectivities, group identities, and historical and contemporary social and political formations.


A range of sociological perspectives emphasizing interdisciplinarity. Wide thematic reach, innovative and rigorous methodologies, global outlook; and a commitment to ‘critical’, theory-building research.

UCL, Bloomsbury and East London Doctoral Training Partnership:  More than 40 studentships funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)