The University of Brighton has been named as one of the successful partners in a bid for major research funding from the Economic and Social Research Council.
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 Brighton, Southampton 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, 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.
Themes: social policy, management, business, social work
College: College of Social Sciences
Research centres: various
Find out how to apply
We fund students undertaking Masters+PhD programmes (1+3 funding) and stand-alone PhD programmes (+3 funding).
Applicants must have qualifications of the standard of a good honours degree at first or upper second-class level, from a UK academic higher education institution. Degree qualifications gained from outside the UK, or a combination of qualifications and/or experience that is equivalent to a relevant UK degree, may be accepted.
+3 PhD awards – the ESRC expects that applicants embarking on a +3 (PhD) programme would have achieved a level of research training that would allow them to proceed directly to PhD. This is usually through the attainment of a previous masters qualification in the social sciences with a Distinction grade.
Applicants are also required to submit a research proposal of no more than 750 words (Masters+PhD) or 1,500 words (PhD).
Applicants whose first language is not English must have successfully completed a Secure English language Test (SELT) in the last two years.
Applicants who have obtained or are studying for a UK degree may apply without a SELT. However, the university may request a SELT is taken as part of any award made.
English language IELTS requirements are minimum of 6.0 in each component.
The South Coast DTP is able to recruit a limited number of overseas and EU students in Economics or Advanced Quantitative Methods.In all other areas, students must be considered as UK residents. Further information on residential eligibility is here.
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 Research Council's UK rate).
South Coast DTP PhD students will also have access to a Research Training Support Grant for things such as carrying out fieldwork within the UK, purchasing essential equipment and attending relevant conferences.
There are also funds available for students to carry out overseas institutional visits and internships. Further details of these can be found on the South Coast DTP website.
The funding application deadline is Friday 17 February 2017. We will support you in your funding application.
Before you apply
Applications to study at Brighton as part of the South Coast DTP are welcomed across the disciplines of social science to undertake research on topics linked to social policy, management, business, and social work.
Make sure that you meet the entry requirements before making your application, and have read all of our advice about finding a research supervisor, writing your research proposal and making an application on the following tabs. You should apply by the deadline.
Applicants are required to identify potential supervisors from our College of Social Science Research Centres in the first instance. If you need help to find a potential supervisor, you can send a summary of your project or your area of interest to us through the enquiry form below.
Once you have established links with potential supervisors, applications for study need to be submitted by midnight on Monday 16 January 2017.
Once your application for study is received, a second application for funding is required by midnight on Friday 17 February 2017. We will support you through your funding application.
Interviews will take place from Monday 6 February 2017.
You are strongly encouraged to discuss and draft your research proposal in discussion with potential supervisors.
1+3, applicants are required to give an indicative answer as your research interests will develop further after the year of Masters training. We are not looking for a full research proposal at this stage but an indication of your probable research area, giving an indicative topic and how this will build towards a PhD (max 750 words).
+3 and +4, applicants should give a provisional thesis title/topic, explain the context of the research, its aims and objectives and its potential research outcomes. Applicants should give a description of their proposed research topic including the questions or hypotheses to be addressed, the methods to be used, the sources to be consulted and a brief timetable covering the period of study. Details of field work should be included in the timetable. If you have already begun your doctoral study, please remember to refer to the research you have undertaken to date. You should also identify and address here any ethical issues related to your research project (max 1,500 words, including references).
Please make sure that your application and research proposal is completed in full, as we will only consider complete applications.
Download our guide to writing your research proposal (pdf)
To complete the application please upload the following:
To makes your application please follow the following steps:
You will now be able to complete the online application form.
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If you have any questions about this studentship, your research proposal or application, we will be happy to help.