The University of Brighton is one of the partners in the South Coast DTP funded by the Economic and Social Research Council. The South Coast DTP is a beacon of excellence, innovation and imagination in postgraduate training for the next generation of social scientists.
Through an exciting 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.
The South Coast DTP will be awarding studentships to social scientists carrying out PhD studies, or Masters + PhD studies at its three partner institutions.
The University of Brighton are advertising a number of pre-approved SCDTP projects to which applicants can apply. Please follow the project links below to find further information and details of the supervisors of these projects.
We also encourage general applications to SCDTP from students wishing to submit their own project ideas for consideration in the areas of business and management, social policy and social work.
Please see the section below for advice on finding a supervisor for a general application.
The next intake of funded students will be in the 2018–19 academic year.
Themes: social policy, management, business, social work
Social science centres of research and enterprise excellence
Deadline: 16:00 12 January 2018
Interviews: Week beginning Monday 22 January 2018
Find out how to apply
Making weight: A biopsychosocial model for policy regulation of athletes' weight management behaviour
Does taxation influence labour market choices?
Teachers entering and leaving the UK teaching profession: implications for policy
Transitioning to renewable energies: the role of local action in achieving energy justice
Climate (in)security: Exploring how environmental security discourses affect climate change campaigning in the UK
Globalisation and the trajectories of nation states after the financial crisis of 2008
Peer support and caring relationships in Dementia
Coming in to queer spaces: improving community support and social policy for young men who identify as gay, bisexual and/or trans (GBT)
Refugee migration to the South Coast and adolescent mental health
Policy interventions to address the marginalisation of Roma communities across Europe
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 personal statement of 500 words.
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 should be 7.0 overall, (7 for writing, and none below 6.0).
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 £14,764 (2018-19 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 deadline for applications to University of Brighton pre-approved SCDTP projects and for general applications to the SCDTP from students wishing to submit their own project ideas is 16.00 on Friday 12 January 2018. Interviews will take place week beginning 22 January. A further funding application is also required to the SCDTP and the deadline is 23.59 on Wednesday 31 January. We will support you in your funding application.
Before you apply
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 for pre-approved SCDTP projects can find details of the supervisors using the project links above. Applicants wishing to submit their own project ideas as a general application are required to identify potential supervisors from our social science centres of research and enterprise excellence in the first instance (see key facts links above). 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.
Approved project led applications
There is no requirement for you to prepare a research proposal for these awards. However, it is essential you submit a personal statement (maximum 500) words. This should include:
If you have any questions about the project please contact the named supervisor.
You should submit a research proposal (approx. 2,000 words) including project research questions and methodology.
Apply online(all applicants)
To complete the application you'll need to upload the following:
To make your application, 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.