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MPhil/PhD opportunities in the School of Languages and Social Sciences

  • Self-Funded PhD Students Only
    Self-Funded PhD Students Only

Profile Description


Research in the School of Languages and Social Sciences ranges across the following areas: English Language and Applied Linguistics; Modern Languages and Translation Studies; Politics and International Relations; Sociology and Policy. At Aston we have brought together our researchers in multi-disciplinary research centres which lead research projects, supervise research students, host conferences, workshops, public lectures and seminar series, and regularly welcome distinguished visitors and international researchers. A key function of these centres is to sustain research excellence and to promote its dissemination both to academic communities and to the wider public.

Multi and interdisciplinary research is focused within four specific Research Centres:

Aston Centre for Europe (ACE)
The Centre for Forensic Linguistics (CFL)
The Centre for Critical Inquiry into Society and Culture (CCISC)
The Centre for Language Research at Aston (CLaRA)

Postgraduate research opportunities

Master/Doctor of Philosophy (MPhil/PhD)

Join LSS' postgraduate research programme and you will work towards your MPhil or PhD as part of our vibrant research community. Our researchers are well known experts in their fields and our research success has been recognised through a number of significant funding awards. LSS regularly hosts high profile seminars and conferences featuring world renowned thinkers and practitioners and as a postgraduate research student you will have the opportunity to attend and present at the annual student-led Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Conference (IPC).

As a member of Aston's postgraduate research community you will benefit additionally from the support of the Aston University Graduate School which provides a supportive environment for all research students across the University with a view to widening and enriching your experience during your research studies.

As part of your research degree in LSS you will:
• Benefit from the support of the Aston University Graduate School
• Gain dedicated support from an active researcher in your subject
• Benefit from excellent facilities including:
-Newly refurbished shared offices with computer access and e-mail facilities;
-Dedicated facilities for meetings and group work;
-Use of virtual learning environment Blackboard and self-learning software Pebble Pad.
• Have access to a superb range of publications, online resources and other knowledge sources
• Work within a friendly and stimulating environment.

Funding opportunities

Aston Prize PhD Studentship in Bereavement Support for Older People and People Bereaved with Dementia

Aston University are working in partnership with Cruse Bereavement Care, the Alzheimer's Society in Wales and the ExtraCare Charitable Trust to carry out research on two new programmes of bereavement support for older people in general (Bereavement Supporter) and for people bereaved with dementia or those close to them (Bereaved by Dementia). (See http://www.cruse.org.uk/bereavement-champions for further details.) This is an exciting opportunity to make a difference to the lives of some of the most ‘forgotten', disadvantaged and socially isolated people in society.

One fully-funded studentship is on offer for full time study over three years, commencing September 2017.

For more information, and to apply, click here.

The application deadline is 30 June 2017.



Aston University is only a few minutes' walk away from the centre of Birmingham. Britain's second city is flourishing due to a period of regeneration and growth and is internationally recognised as a leader in leisure, entertainment, business and sport with facilities to match. The city centre is a fusion of attractive squares, modern shopping arcades, diverse pubs and restaurants, and fine museums, theatres and art galleries. The University campus, together with Birmingham Science Park Aston, occupies a green and leafy 60-acre site right in the heart of the city.

Funding Notes

If you have the correct qualifications and access to your own funding, either from your home country or your own finances, your application will be considered.

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