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Coventry University Featured PhD Programmes


The White Rose Social Sciences Doctoral Training Partnership (WRDTP), accredited by the Economic and Social Research Council in 2016, is a collaboration across the social sciences at the Universities of Leeds, Sheffield, York, Bradford, Sheffield Hallam, Hull, and Manchester Metropolitan.

The WRDTP builds on the success of the White Rose DTC universities of Sheffield, York and Leeds by bringing in the social sciences research excellence of the Universities of Bradford, Hull, Manchester Metropolitan and Sheffield Hallam. The WRDTP delivers excellent supervision, first class discipline and cutting-edge interdisciplinary research and transferable skills training, and a world-class intellectual environment for postgraduate research students. It enables PhD students to participate in local, national and international networks of non-academic partners, opinion formers, policy makers, as well as leading academics. WRDTP aims to produce doctoral graduates with outstanding skills and flexibility, with the imagination to tackle the thorniest challenges confronting the social sciences.


The WRDTP supports a wide range of disciplinary and interdisciplinary scholarship, promoting and rewarding excellence, and research training is delivered through seven Thematic Interdisciplinary Training Pathways:

  1. Cities, Environment, and Liveability (CEL)
  2. Security, Conflict, and Justice (SCJ)
  3. Education, Childhood, and Youth (ECY)
  4. Data, Communication, and New Technologies (DCT)
  5. Wellbeing, Health, and Communities (WHC)
  6. Sustainable Growth, Management, and Economic Productivity (SMP)
  7. Civil Society, Development, and Democracy (CDD)

The DTP is offering a range of social sciences PhD Studentships starting in September/October 2021.

The WRDTP invites applications for the following 8 fully funded ESRC WRDTP Collaborative Awards with a variety of non HEI partners:

Project title: From #nucleargirlposse to ‘disarm the patriarchy’: analysing the effects of gendering nuclear weapons policy.
University: University of Leeds

Project title: The Changing Dynamics and Social Outcomes of Deep Poverty: Methodological and Policy Implications in the UK
University: University of Sheffield

Project title: Hopes and fears about growing up: A co-produced approach to understanding young people’s lived experiences of transition to adulthood.
University: University of Sheffield

Project title: “Informing citizens? Effects of imprints on digital political advertising”
University: University of Sheffield

Project title: “All the leaflets were of white people”: Contextualising and transforming support for minoritised blood cancer patients in the UK
University: University of Sheffield

Project title: Innovating social and economic strategies for landscape scale conservation
University: University of Leeds

Project title: Understanding risks to care workers’ wellbeing: an analysis of applications to The Care Workers’ Charity Hardship Fund pre-Covid-19 and during the pandemic
University: University of Sheffield

Project title: Decolonising Sculpture for Urban Social Justice (DISCUSS)
University: University of Leeds

Further details on these awards can be found here.



Students do not apply to the DTP directly. All applicants MUST first contact the relevant school/department at the University in which they wish to study to be advised on how to then submit an application for a research degree programme (and Masters programme if applying via the 1+3 route) and also how to apply for an ESRC DTP PhD studentship/award.


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