Economic and Social Science Research Council PhD Studentships: South West Doctoral Training Partnership (SWDTP)

South West Doctoral Training Partnership

Economic and Social Science Research Council PhD Studentships: South West Doctoral Training Partnership (SWDTP)

We are delighted to announce the availability of 34 fully-funded studentships across the ESRC-accredited South West Doctoral Training Partnership (SWDTP). The SWDTP draws together the Universities of Bath, Bristol, Exeter, Plymouth, West of England, Bath Spa, Bournemouth and Plymouth Marjon. These have a strong track record in advancing knowledge through high quality research and teaching in partnership with business, professions, the public services, the third sector and other research and learning providers.

Applications are invited from potential doctoral students for the following social science pathways:

Disciplinary Pathways:

  • Area & Development Studies
  • Economic & Social History
  • Economics
  • Education
  • Human Geography
  • Management and Business Studies
  • Political Science and International Studies
  • Psychology
  • Social Anthropology
  • Social Policy
  • Social Work
  • Socio-Legal Studies
  • Sociology

Interdisciplinary Pathways:

  • Advanced Quantitative Methods
  • Climate Change, Sustainability & Society
  • Global Challenges & Transformations
  • Health, Wellbeing & Society
  • Sociotechnical Futures & Digital Methods

The SWDTP has a steer of three studentships to award in both Advanced Quantitative Methods and Data Skills.

As a fully inclusive research environment, we warmly welcome applications from candidates of all socio-economic backgrounds and under protected characteristics. If you wish to discuss the application process and need help finding a supervisor, please contact [email protected]

For further information about the SWDTP application process, pathways at each institution and details of strategic steers in some pathways, please visit

The closing date for SWDTP studentship applications is 12.00 (Noon) GMT Friday 12th January 2024.

We are also delighted to promote two further PhD Studentships, commencing in 2024, linked to the  ESRC Centre for Sociodigital Futures (CenSoF) .

Studentship 2: Researching sociodigital life: Exploring the interplay of social and technical practices (ESRC)  

Studentship 4: Futures Studio PhD (Alumni funded scholarship)  

Further information about the studentships will be available at the apply button above.

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