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MPhil/PhD opportunities in the School of Languages and Social Sciences

  • Self-Funded PhD Students Only
    Self-Funded PhD Students Only

Profile Description

Research in the School of Languages and Social Sciences ranges across the following areas: English Language and Applied Linguistics; Modern Languages and Translation Studies; Politics and International Relations; Sociology and Policy. At Aston we have brought together our researchers in multi-disciplinary research centres which lead research projects, supervise research students, host conferences, workshops, public lectures and seminar series, and regularly welcome distinguished visitors and international researchers. A key function of these centres is to sustain research excellence and to promote its dissemination both to academic communities and to the wider public.

Multi and interdisciplinary research is focused within four specific Research Centres:

Aston Centre for Europe (ACE)
The Centre for Forensic Linguistics (CFL)
The Centre for Critical Inquiry into Society and Culture (CCISC)
The Centre for Language Research at Aston (CLaRA)

Postgraduate research opportunities

Master/Doctor of Philosophy (MPhil/PhD)

Join LSS' postgraduate research programme and you will work towards your MPhil or PhD as part of our vibrant research community. Our researchers are well known experts in their fields and our research success has been recognised through a number of significant funding awards. LSS regularly hosts high profile seminars and conferences featuring world renowned thinkers and practitioners and as a postgraduate research student you will have the opportunity to attend and present at the annual student-led Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Conference (IPC).

As a member of Aston's postgraduate research community you will benefit additionally from the support of the Aston University Graduate School which provides a supportive environment for all research students across the University with a view to widening and enriching your experience during your research studies.

As part of your research degree in LSS you will:
• Complete ESRC-accredited research methods training
• Benefit from the support of the Aston University Graduate School
• Gain dedicated support from an active researcher in your subject
• Benefit from shared office facilities including a workstation with computer access
• Have access to a superb range of publications, online resources and other knowledge sources
• Work within a friendly and stimulating environment.

Funding Opportunities

PhD Studentship in the School of Languages and Social Sciences

Each year in December the School of Languages and Social Sciences (LSS) invites applications for PhD studentships from strong candidates in any of the research areas covered by the School. The studentships are for full-time study over three years, commencing the following October.

LSS is a multi-disciplinary research-focused School which brings together researchers in the areas of Languages (French, German, Spanish), Translation Studies, Politics and International Relations, Sociology and Policy, and English. Further information on the School's research areas can be found here.

For more information including how to apply please visit:

ESRC PhD Studentships - Midlands Graduate School

The Midlands Graduate School is an accredited Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP). One of 14 such partnerships in the UK, the Midlands Graduate School is a collaboration between the University of Warwick, Aston University, University of Birmingham, University of Leicester, Loughborough University and the University of Nottingham.

The School of Languages and Social Sciences at Aston University is able to offer ESRC Doctoral Studentships in Area Studies (European Studies) as part of the Midlands Graduate School.

Applications open in September with an application deadline in January.

More information on the application process is available on the MGS website

The ESRC studentships cover fees and maintenance stipend (if eligible) and extensive support for research training, as well as research activity support grants.

To check your eligibility, visit:

For any queries please contact Dr Lucian Leustean, Institutional Lead for Aston University at


Aston University is only a few minutes' walk away from the centre of Birmingham. Britain's second city is flourishing due to a period of regeneration and growth and is internationally recognised as a leader in leisure, entertainment, business and sport with facilities to match. The city centre is a fusion of attractive squares, modern shopping arcades, diverse pubs and restaurants, and fine museums, theatres and art galleries. The University campus, together with Birmingham Science Park Aston, occupies a green and leafy 60-acre site right in the heart of the city.

Funding Notes

The PhD opportunities on this programme do not have funding attached. You will need to have your own means of paying fees and living costs and / or seek separate funding from student finance, charities or trusts.

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