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
Social science research centres
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 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 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 4.00pm 28 July 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 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.
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.
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.
Apply online now
If you have any questions about this studentship, your research proposal or application, we will be happy to help.