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Socio Economics PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships for Self-funded Students in the UK

We have 54 Socio Economics PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships for Self-funded Students in the UK

PhD in Socio Economics

Socioeconomics is a field exploring the influence of economics on social processes (and vice versa). As its name suggests, socioeconomics is a high interdisciplinary subject – PhD candidates in the field will likely draw on theories from numerous areas of study during their course of their research. Work completed in this field can have a broad range of real-world applications in sectors ranging from education to social work.

What’s it like to study a PhD in Socio Economics?

You’ll work under the guidance of a specialist supervisor in your chosen topic to produce an extended dissertation that will make a substantial contribution to the field of Socioeconomics.

Possible research areas include:

  • Social stratification
  • Occupation and social mobility
  • Migration
  • Welfare and social security
  • Economic inequality and social justice
  • Labour markets and employment
  • It is likely that most of your research will involve working with secondary data – the original aspect of your work will largely involve considering the interaction between Sociology and Economics. However, you may also collect primary data using methodologies such as surveys, interviews, participant observation and longitudinal studies, depending in your line of enquiry.

    There are a small number of predesigned PhDs in the field of Socioeconomics, but most students will propose their own research idea. This means you’ll be responsible for deciding on your own objectives and methodology.

    Alongside independent research you’ll likely have the opportunity to share your ideas with the wider academic community at conferences, teach undergraduate students and submit work for publication.

PhD in Socio Economics entry requirements

The most common entry requirement for PhD programmes in Gender Studies is an upper second-class Bachelors degree and a Masters degree at Merit level, both in a relevant discipline. Some programmes may set a 2:1 undergraduate degree alone as a minimum requirement, but bear in mind that applications are considered on a case-by-case basis and additional qualifications with often be an advantage.

PhD in Socio Economics funding options

The UK Research Council responsible for funding PhDs in Socioeconomics is the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). It provides fully funded studentships that include coverage of your tuition fees, along with a stipend to cover living expenses.

Many advertised PhDs will have studentships attached. Students proposing their own research project may be able to apply for a studentship after being accepted onto the programme. If you are already working within the field, you may be able to get funding from your employer.

Options for independently financing your PhD include the UK government’s doctoral loan, part-time employment alongside your studies and support from charities or trusts.

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Significant adults and peers - mapping and understanding transitions in children’s support networks over the life course.

The University of Edinburgh is inviting applications from suitably qualified graduates for a fully-funded PhD studentship in Social Policy to research the roles that significant adults and peers play in children’s lives over time so as to better understand patterns of support during early childhood to pre-adulthood, alongside individuals’ narrative constructions of such support. Read more

Where to next? Post-school transitions and career decisions among young people in Scotland – insights from the Growing Up in Scotland study.

The University of Edinburgh is inviting applications from suitably qualified graduates for a fully-funded PhD studentship in Social Policy in partnership with Skills Development Scotland (SDS) to research the context within which young people in Scotland are making decisions about post-school transitions, and the factors that influence these decisions. Read more

Children’s Health in Care in Scotland (CHiCS): effects of maternal health, health behaviours and early childhood health on entering care.

Care experienced children deserve the chance to live healthy lives just as everyone else. In Scotland, about 15,000 children are in care every year and recent evidence across the UK shows that they have poorer health compared to other children, including higher mortality and avoidable hospitalisations. Read more

Economics of Crime and Offender Rehabilitation (PhD in Economics)

We are looking for a high-quality student for a fully-funded SGSSS-ESRC PhD-studentship in Economics (where the candidate does not already have appropriate MSc training they will first complete the Scottish Graduate Programme in Economics (SGPE) MSc in Economics as part of 1+3 funding). Read more

Examining the interaction between macro-level policies and health inequalities

The University of Edinburgh’s Global Health Policy Unit (GHPU) seeks to appoint an outstanding and highly motivated PhD candidate to an exciting interdisciplinary project that explores the political determinants of health inequalities. Read more

Digital literacy skill requirements for new employees and its relation to productivity in the Scottish economy

Digital literacy, “the ability to find, evaluate and communicate information on digital platforms” (Wikipedia, 2022), is one of the key skills needed by all levels of workers in the 21st century economy. Read more

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