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Department of Social Sciences (Advert Reference: RDF23/ADSS/SOCIALSCIENCES)


  Faculty of Arts, Design and Social Sciences

 Friday, January 27, 2023
 Funded PhD Programme (Students Worldwide)

About the Programme

These studentships are extremely popular and very competitive. We therefore recommend that you contact the PGR Subject Lead in the Department of Social Sciences as soon as possible (and significantly before the deadline for submission of your proposal), so that they can connect you with an appropriate supervisor: : Dr Ruth Lewis  

Social Sciences at Northumbria is comprised of Criminology, Policing, Politics, International Relations, and Sociology.

We welcome proposals in the following areas: 

Security and Foreign Policy: Migrations and mobilities, International organisations, External relations and Foreign Policies, Use of Force, Extremism and radicalisation, Representations of political violence, European security governance and conflict, Terrorism and human rights, Brexit and security cooperation, Nationalism and Populism, Political parties and political communication. 

Society, Inequality and Harm: Victimisation, Gender-based violence, Multi-agency consortium addressing social problems, Food Poverty, Insecurity and Justice, Desistance from crime, Non-criminal forms of harm, Homelessness, Harm and consumption, Inequality and exclusion, Digital Inequalities, Disability, Sociology of Sport, Sexuality and exclusion, Social class and inequality, Mobilities and exclusion, Environmental Justice, Happiness, Wellbeing. The Prison System, prisoners and health. Democracy and active citizens, Political representation, Nations, State and Identity, Voluntary and Community Sectors, Social movements and Activism.

Crime and Police: Race, Policing and Crime, Police Authority and Police Governance, Policing Human Trafficking, Illicit markets, Green crime, Policing, Surveillance and Technology, Counter-terrorism, Counter-organised crime, the Court system.

We strongly recommend that you contact Dr Lewis soon as possible (and significantly before the deadline for submission of your proposal): 

For further information see https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/about-us/academic-departments/social-sciences/research/

Eligibility and How to Apply:

Each studentship supports a full stipend, paid for three years at RCUK rates (for 2022/23 full-time study this is currently £17,668 per year) and full tuition fees. UK and international (including EU) candidates may apply. 

Studentships are also available for applicants who wish to study on a part-time basis over 5 years (0.6 FTE, stipend £10,600 per year and full tuition fees) in combination with work or personal responsibilities. International applicants (including EU) need to have their own valid immigration permissions to live and study in the UK if they wish to study on a part-time basis as Northumbria University does not sponsor part-time Student Visas.

Please also read the full funding notes which include advice for international and part-time applicants.

Please note eligibility requirement:

  • Academic excellence of the proposed student i.e. 2:1 (or equivalent GPA from non-UK universities [preference for 1st class honours]); or a Masters (preference for Merit or above); or APEL evidence of substantial practitioner achievement.
  • Appropriate IELTS score, if required.
  • Applicants cannot apply for this funding if currently engaged in Doctoral study at Northumbria or elsewhere or if they have previously been awarded a PhD.

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

https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/research/postgraduate-research-degrees/how-to-apply/

Please note: Applications that do not include a research proposal of no more than 1,000 words, or that do not include the advert reference RDF23/ADSS/SOCIALSCIENCES will not be considered.

Deadline for applications: 27th January 2023

Start Date: 1st October 2023

Northumbria University is committed to creating an inclusive culture where we take pride in, and value, the diversity of our doctoral students. We encourage and welcome applications from all members of the community. The University holds a bronze Athena Swan award in recognition of our commitment to advancing gender equality, we are a Disability Confident Employer, a member of the Race Equality Charter and are participating in the Stonewall Diversity Champion Programme. We also hold the HR Excellence in Research award for implementing the concordat supporting the career Development of Researchers.


Funding Notes

Some or all of the PhD opportunities in this programme have funding attached. Applications for this programme are welcome from suitably qualified candidates worldwide. Funding may only be available to a limited set of nationalities and you should read the full programme details for further information.

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