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School of Education Research Studentships 2016/2017

  • Funded PhD Programme (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Programme (European/UK Students Only)

Profile Description

The University of Birmingham ESRC Doctoral Training Centre (DTC) is one of 21 across the UK that has been accredited by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

The School of Education at the University of Birmingham is pleased to invite applications for ESRC scholarships for students commencing their studies in October 2016 to fund postgraduate training and doctoral research, with both +3 (PhD) and 1+3 (Masters and PhD) funding available. A full ESRC scholarship comprises research fees, an annual Research Council stipend (please see RCUK minimum stipend amounts at http://www.rcuk.ac.uk/skills/training/) and a research support grant. The Birmingham ESRC Doctoral Training Centre is offering at least 15 studentships across the spectrum of social science disciplines, two of which are allocated specifically to the School of Education.

The School of Education has national and international standing as a centre of excellence for research in education which was recognised by consistently scoring high in the Research Assessment Exercise. It was ranked 9th by HEFCE in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) with 97% of its research recognised as being of international quality and 47% being recognised as world leading research.

We particularly welcome research degree applications in the following areas:

• Philosophy of Education
• Sociology of Education
• History of Education
• Character and Values Education
• Race and Education
• Post-compulsory Education (including Adult, Vocational and Higher Education)
• Inclusive Education and Disability
• Language Education
• Linguistic Diversity

Am I eligible to apply?

Academic eligibility
• You should hold (or expect to receive) a good honours degree at first or upper second class level
• If applying for an award without an undergraduate degree, you may be accepted for doctoral funding if you have achieved a Master's degree

Residential eligibility
• Home (UK) students are eligible for a full award from the ESRC
• EU students who have lived in the UK continuously for the three years prior to the start date of the award (i.e. 1 October 2016) are eligible for a full award
• EU students who have not lived in the UK for the three years prior to the start date of the award are eligible for fees only funding (i.e. no maintenance stipend)

How do I apply?
Before applying for a research degree, applicants are encouraged to find out more about the current research taking place in the school. You can also find out more on individual staff profiles. You may also download a summary of staff research interests.

Details of current doctoral research may be found on the Doctoral Researcher profile webpages.
In order to apply, please complete the application form and provide certified copies of your degree transcripts. Applicants must also provide two written academic references, which must be sent directly by the referee to the University. References provided by the applicant are not acceptable. Applicants must also hold a confirmed place to study (PhD or Masters) at the University. Please read the guidance notes before completing your application form.

ESRC Doctoral Training Centre Funding Application Form
ESRC Doctoral Training Centre Funding Application Guidance notes
Referee Form

When is the deadline?
The competition for studentships starting in October 2016 has now closed.

Find out more
ESRC Doctoral Training Centre Funding FAQ. Alternatively please contact the University Graduate School by ">email or telephone: +44 (0)121 414 2030.

Funding Notes

Some or all of the PhD opportunities in this programme have funding attached. It is available to citizens of a number of European countries (including the UK). In most cases this will include all EU nationals. However full funding may not be available to all applicants and you should read the full programme details for further information.

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How good is research at University of Birmingham in Education?

FTE Category A staff submitted: 23.70

Research output data provided by the Research Excellence Framework (REF)

Click here to see the results for all UK universities

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