The new South Coast DTP is a beacon of excellence, innovation and imagination in the training of the next generation of social scientists. Through an exciting new collaboration between the Universities of Southampton, Brighton and Portsmouth, the South Coast DTP aims to deliver the latest developments in training in research methods and skills to produce highly qualified and rounded social scientists, equipped to meet contemporary economic and social challenges.
Funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the South Coast DTP will be awarding 36 studentships per year to social scientists carrying out PhD studies, or Masters + PhD studies at its three partner institutions. Our first intake of funded students will be in the 2017/18 Academic Year.
In addition to covering the cost of all programme fees, those in receipt of a South Coast DTP studentship award will also receive an annual maintenance grant of £14,482 (2017/18 RCUK rate). South Coast DTP PhD students will also have access to additional funds for carrying out fieldwork, purchasing essential equipment and attending relevant conferences.
All three universities are home to research centres with global reputations for their expertise and excellence. The University of Southampton currently hosts ESRC centres of research excellence, including the National Centre for Research Methods, the Centre for Population Change, and the Administrative Data Research Centre for England. The University of Portsmouth, for example, hosts the Centre for European and International Studies Research and the International Centre for Research in Forensic Psychology. The University of Brighton hosts the Centre for Research in Innovation Management and The Social Science Policy and Research Centre.
Drawing on these, and coupled with each University’s reputation for excellence in research methods and advanced methodological techniques, the South Coast DTP aims to offer a unique academic environment for doctoral training.
The South Coast Doctoral Training Partnership is organised into 5 Thematic Cluster Pathways (TCPs).
Students will apply for a topic of research located within a TCP. The subjects areas included in each TCP are shown on our website, however the subject areas included are:
Each TCP will have a number of coordinators who are academic experts in the thematic area, experienced in interdisciplinary research, and drawn from across all three partner institutions.
TCPs will meet monthly for skills-based training, seminars and workshops. Internationalisation is encouraged, through theme-based international visits and conference participation.
Driven by its focus on world leading research which makes a difference, the SCDTP has six key strategic priorities: