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Cardiff University School of Social Sciences

The Cardiff University School of Social Sciences, supported by the ESRC Doctoral Training Centre for Wales (Wales DTC) invites applications to a number of fully-funded PhD studentships for the 2016/17 academic year. We have up to 10 fully-funded PhD Studentships available and the School expects to make doctoral studentship awards in the areas of Criminology, Education, Science and Technology Studies, Social Policy, Social Work and Social Care and Sociology.

The awards are available on either a 1+3 or +3 basis. A 1+3 studentship provides funding for four years, completing the MSc in Social Science Research Methods in the 1st year, followed by 3 years research funding for a PhD. A +3 studentship provides funding for the three years PhD research study only. The School of Social Sciences values diversity and equality at all levels, and encourages applications from all sections of the community.

Studentships will commence in October 2016 and consist of full UK/EU tuition fees, as well as a Doctoral Stipend matching UK Research Council National Minimum (£14,057 p.a. for 2015/16, updated each year). An additional Research and Training Support Grant worth £750 p.a. is available for each studentship.

Supervisors: These studentships are ‘open' awards therefore the School welcomes proposals in a wide range of areas, however applicants should consider approaching a potential supervisor before submitting their application to confirm that there is supervisory capacity within the School and to discuss their draft application. Information on the research interests of our staff can be found on the School of Social Sciences webpages.

If you need help in identifying potential supervision, please contact the Graduate Office at [email protected]

A list of potential supervisors can be found here. The pathway convenor for each of the award pathways may be able to steer you. They are:

Criminology – Dr Matthew Williams
Education – Dr Dean Stroud
Science and Technology Studies – Prof Adam Hedgecoe
Social Policy – Dr Rod Hick
Social Work and Social Care – Dr Tom Slater
Sociology – Prof William Housley

Start date: October 2016

Number of Studentships: 10

For more information, including how to apply, please visit our website:

Academic criteria: ESRC studentships are highly competitive, candidates should have an excellent academic background in the social sciences, holding a 1st or strong upper 2nd class degree; applications from those also holding a Master's degree (preferably an ESRC -recognised Masters or an equivalent background in research training) will be considered for a +3 award.

To be eligible for a full award a student must have:
• Settled status in the UK, meaning they have no restrictions on how long they can stay and
• Been ‘ordinarily resident' in the UK for 3 years prior to the start of the studentship. This means they must have been normally residing in the UK (apart from temporary or occasional absences) and
• Not been residing in the UK wholly or mainly for the purpose of full-time education. (This does not apply to UK or EU nationals).

About the School
We take an interdisciplinary approach to the Social Sciences to create a dynamic and engaged teaching and research environment. The School of Social Sciences is an internationally recognised centre of excellence in research and teaching across a range of subject areas including sociology, policy studies, criminology, education and social work.
The School currently has over 220 academic staff, and around 1000 undergraduate and postgraduate students. We have a strong commitment to developing programmes of study that benefit from the research expertise and achievements of staff in the School.

We are home to a number of world-leading research centres, and these engage across a range of research themes. Our students have the opportunity to work with and learn from world class scholars, alongside students from across the world. The School has a thriving postgraduate research community, with both PhD and Professional Doctorate programmes. We also offer a number of courses for professional development.

The School collaborates with major universities and scholars from around the world, as well as enjoying excellent links with local businesses, public and third sector organisations, policy makers and practitioners.

About Cardiff University

Cardiff University is a member of the Russell Group and internationally recognised as one of Britain's leading universities.

Our University Graduate College enhances the postgraduate experience by providing an extensive training and support programme.

The University is attractively located at the heart of a modern capital city, providing a high quality of life to our students.

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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