Fully-funded PhD Research Opportunities in Social Sciences



The University of Essex is offering 16 fully-funded Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) studentships worth between £18,325 and £21,575 per year for each year of study for talented postgraduates studying within our Doctoral Training Centre.

Students may complete a PhD within one of the following doctoral pathways:

  • analysing language use;
  • applied economics and data analysis;
  • criminology and socio-legal research;
  • economics;
  • econometrics;
  • environmental governance;
  • experimental linguistics;
  • finance;
  • health and organisational research;
  • human rights and research methods;
  • ideology and discourse analysis;
  • international relations;
  • longitudinal social research;
  • management and accounting;
  • politics;
  • political economy
  • psychoanalytic studies;
  • psychological components of behaviour change
  • research methods in health;
  • social psychology;
  • survey methodology; and
  • sociological research.

Our DTC offers students an excellent training programme that includes advanced subject-specific training and a transferable skills programme.

All social science doctoral students acquire core skills in:

  • research design;
  • data collection and analysis;
  • the use of research methods; and
  • data management

Entry requirements and application procedures
All studentships are open to Home and EU applicants. You need an offer of a postgraduate place at Essex before you can be considered. Apply online for postgraduate study at Essex via the Apply button below.

The deadline for studentship applications is 15 February 2013.

For more information about our ESRC studentships and to apply visit www.essex.ac.uk/dtc.

The University of Essex
The University of Essex is ranked ninth in the UK for research excellence, following the most recent Research Assessment Exercise. We offer world-class supervision and training opportunities and our research students work at the heart of an internationally-acknowledged and well-connected research community. We are also one of the world’s most internationally diverse universities, with more than one third of our 11,000 students coming from outside the UK, thus creating a diverse social and academic learning experience for all.

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