ESRC PhD Studentship in Social Sciences/Sociology: Informing Design and Building Capacity for a Digital Social Science Research Methods Platform Informing design and building capacity for a digital social science research methods platform

Applications are being sought for a prestigious full time PhD Studentship, to be based in the Cardiff School of Social Sciences at Cardiff University, to begin in October 2014

This Studentship will involve working with the Cardiff Online Social Media Observatory (COSMOS) team and Sage publications in order to carry out collaborative research that focuses on the design and development of a project with the provisional working title of ‘COSMOS Scholar’; a joint initiative between COSMOS and SAGE Publications Ltd. COSMOS Scholar will aim to provide a digital pedagogic social science research training environment for new computational social scientific tools and methods. The aspiration is that this environment will provide and support the analysis of bespoke social media data (e.g. Twitter feeds) alongside curated data sets enabling comparison, triangulation and augmentation of traditional and innovative social science methods. The project will also examine how new big and broad sources of data can be used to teach data analytics and methods that encompass ‘traditional’ statistics and qualitative analysis alongside more cutting-edge approaches to the interrogation of big data.


Residency Criteria: Due to funding restrictions full awards (fees plus maintenance stipend) are open to UK Nationals and EU students who can satisfy UK residency requirements.

Further information on eligibility can be found on our website by following the apply button at the bottom.


Applicants must submit an application by 12.00pm, 6th December 2013.

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More information on how to apply can be found by following the apply link below.

About the School of Social Sciences

Cardiff School of Social Sciences is a large School with over 160 staff and a thousand undergraduate and postgraduate students. The 2008 Research Assessment Exercise rated almost all of its research to be of an international standard, with 55% of it either “world leading” or “internationally excellent”. This rating, together with the size of the School, places it amongst the top five centres in the UK. Since its creation in 2000, the School has attracted over £18 million of research funds.

Cardiff University is the home of the ESRC Wales Doctoral Training Centre, part of a national network of 21 accredited Doctoral Training Centres across the UK judged by the ESRC to deliver truly excellent postgraduate training provision.

About Cardiff University

The University is a member of the Russell Group and internationally recognised as one of Britain’s leading universities.

Our University Graduate College enhances the postgraduate experience by providing an extensive training and support programme.

The University is attractively located at the heart of a modern capital city, providing a high quality of life to our students. 

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