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PhD studentship: Universal credit: a new social security policy

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    Prof J Millar
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Project Description

We welcome applications for a full-time University PhD studentship to support and work in the Department of Social & Policy Sciences, alongside the Institute for Policy Research.


The Department of Social & Policy Sciences is recognised internationally for the quality of our research under five key research themes.

The Institute for Policy Research foster inter-disciplinary research of international excellence and impact, addressing major policy challenges at local, national and global levels.

The student will conduct their research under the supervision of Professor Jane Millar and colleagues (to be confirmed). Jane Millar is Professor of Social Policy with research interests in social security and family policy, lone parents, employment and poverty.

The project

The above title is just one example of the sort of project that might be available in this research group. The precise project will be decided upon in consultation with the supervisor. Applications are welcome from well-qualified candidates with a research project that they are seeking to develop.

The possible areas are:
- social security policy
- universal credit
- welfare-to-work
- family policy
- poverty

Projects with a focus on gender are of particular interest (quantitative or qualitative methods as appropriate for the project).


The successful candidate should:
- fulfil the entrance requirements for a Social & Policy Sciences PhD (
- have at least a strong understanding of social policy and associated research methods (including as appropriate statistical methodologies)
- have an interest in public engagement/research impact

How to apply

Apply online ( to study for a full-time PhD in the Department of Social & Policy Sciences:
- you must quote the one of the following in section 3.2 of your application: Social security policy, universal credit, welfare-to-work, family policy or poverty
- you do not need to upload a formal research proposal as this studentship is for a specific project

Complete the application form for an academic-led PhD studentship (

The closing date for the receipt of applications is 12.00 noon (GMT), Thursday 4 February 2016.

Informal enquiries

For project enquiries contact Professor Jane Millar (

For application procedure enquiries email: [Email Address Removed] or tel. 01225 38 6180.

Funding Notes

The award

Funding lasts for three years and includes:
- £14,057 (2015/16 rate) yearly stipend
- Home/EU or Overseas tuition fees
- annual Training Support Grant

This award will be funded by a one of several studentships with their own terms and conditions (

How good is research at University of Bath in Social Work and Social Policy?

FTE Category A staff submitted: 35.55

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