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PhD Scholarships in Ulster University’s Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Faculty of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

About the Programme


Research at Ulster University

We are proud that Ulster's international reputation for research excellence has received worldwide recognition. International experts have judged Ulster University as being in the top 25% of UK universities based on research power, with 72% of our research activity having been judged to be world-leading and internationally excellent.

In the 2019 UK Postgraduate Research Experience Survey (PRES), Ulster was ranked 3rd in the UK for PhD research culture and 8th in the UK for PhD researcher satisfaction.

The University offers opportunities for doctoral study on both a full-time and part-time basis. Studying for a PhD offers the opportunity to undertake in-depth research in a range of topics at an advanced level.

Join Ulster's Research Community

PhD supervision in the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences is available within the following areas: Art and Design; Communication, Cultural and Media Studies; Library and Information Management; Education; English Language and Literature; History; Law (including Transitional Justice); Celtic Studies; Linguistics; Music; Drama; Performing Arts; Film and Screen Studies; Museum and Heritage Studies; Social Work; and Social Policy and Politics.

The Faculty is home to several centres of excellence, and depending on their criteria, PhD researchers may be able to affiliate with one of these.

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The University's annual PhD Scholarship Competition offers over 100 exciting full-time funded PhD scholarship opportunities across all subject areas including those within the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.
Ulster's PhD Scholarship Competition for entry in September 2021 is now open.

Applications for PhDs within the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences should be submitted online before midnight on 26 February 2021 at:

Applicants should hold (or expect to hold) a first or upper second-class honours degree (or equivalent). Candidates from the UK, EU and overseas are eligible to apply. Please see project descriptions for further details on eligibility.

Competition for funded entry is very high and applications will be considered on the basis of candidates' qualifications, skills, experience and research interests.

Applicants should discuss their applications with project supervisors prior to submission. Contact details are provided within the individual project descriptions.

You do not need to make a separate application for a scholarship. However, please indicate on your application for admission that you do wish to be considered for a fully funded scholarship.

You should inform the University in your application, or as soon as possible thereafter, of any disability or personal circumstances that should be taken into account so that suitable accommodation can be arranged.

Further Information

Applications for admission on a self-funded, part-time or externally funded basis are also welcome at any time throughout the year.

Please contact the Ulster Doctoral College if you have any queries about PhD study at:


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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