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ESRC Northern Ireland/North East (NINE) Doctoral Training Partnership PhD Studentships in the Social Sciences

Funded Studentships at Northumbria University via the Northern Ireland and North East Doctoral Training Partnership

Northumbria is part of the ESRC-funded Northern Ireland and North East Doctoral Training Partnership (NINE DTP), a collaboration of seven universities in North East England and Northern Ireland dedicated to offering world class training to its students. We are seeking applications to join the DTP to carry out doctoral research with an ESRC studentship. The next intake of NINE DTP students will be in October 2021.

At Northumbria we are offering studentship opportunities, across the following interdisciplinary training pathways:

Media and Society (Advert Reference NINE21/SMITH)

The Media & Society Pathway at Northumbria is located within the Department of Arts which offers a rich research environment for ambitious, cross-disciplinary and intercultural proposals for PhD study. Our Moving Image, Popular Media and Culture researchers are experts in screen media (including film, television, video, social media and their socio-economic histories); theoretical and historical approaches to popular genres (particularly horror and pornography); media audiences and consumption; youth, gender and sexualities; digital inequalities and contemporary media practice and creation.

We encourage PhD proposals which will examine contemporary and/or past media cultures and their intersection with social lives and identities. Proposed projects should push at the boundaries of disciplines to create new ideas and ways of thinking about the significances of media. We provide expert supervision by internationally leading researchers. For more information or to discuss your application please contact Professor Clarissa Smith

Health, Wellbeing and Society (Advert Reference NINE21/HILL)

The Health, Wellbeing and Society Pathway at Northumbria is located within the Department of Nursing, Midwifery and Health, providing a vibrant research environment in which more than 80% of research activity is rated as world leading or internationally excellent. The Department offers a strong cross-disciplinary research focus which brings together practitioner researchers and social scientists engaging in health-related research. Examples of areas of significant research activity include integrated health and social care, healthy ageing, health economics, patient safety, implementation science, and military veterans and families health.

We would encourage PhD proposals which aim to examine health and healthcare practices in their widest sense via interdisciplinary approaches which demand integration of practice-led concerns with those of health-related social sciences (including e.g. health economics, health policy, health psychology, medical geography, medical sociology, social gerontology, social epidemiology, sociology, social policy, social work and education). For more information please contact Dr Michael Hill

Eligibility and How to Apply:

Home and International students are eligible to apply. A limited number of International studentships are available. The studentships include a full stipend, paid for three years at RCUK rates (for 2020/21, this is £15,285 pa) and full tuition fees.

For further details of how to apply, entry requirements and the application form, see

Your application to Northumbria University must be submitted by 22nd January 2021 quoting the relevant advert reference above via our online application form available at

Northumbria University takes pride in, and values, the quality and diversity of our students. We welcome applications from all members of the community.

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