Grand Union DTP: ESRC funded PhD Studentship in Education

Brunel University London - College of Business, Arts and Social Sciences, Department of Education

Brunel University London invites applications for a doctoral studentship in Education available through the ESRC-funded Grand Union Doctoral Training Partnership (GUDTP), an exciting new collaboration between Brunel, the University of Oxford and the Open University. Apply by Friday 20th January 2017 to commence study in October 2017 as part of the first GUDTP cohort. 

Brunel DTP students on the GUDTP Education pathway will join the Department of Education. Education at Brunel is a leading department in the UK rated as 10th best in the UK by the Complete University Guide, 2016, with both Primary and Secondary PGCE programmes being rated as ‘Outstanding in All Areas’ by Ofsted in October 2015. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, 60% of the Education Department’s research was world leading or internationally excellent, and 90% of its impact was graded as internationally excellent.

Brunel DTP students on the Education pathway benefit from Brunel’s specialist research expertise in:

  • History and philosophy of education
  • Inclusivity in Education
  • Teaching and learning in higher education
  • Professional practice, pedagogy and curriculum studies
  • STEM Education
  • Technological innovation in education

Joint Oxford-Brunel supervision will be available where beneficial, drawing on existing external co-supervision practices.

More information on the Education research areas available at Brunel is available at

How to apply

Studentships are available as either three (+3) or four (+4) year PhD studentships, depending on the level of research training already achieved, on a full-time or part-time basis. Full-time awards provide an annual maintenance stipend of £14,296 per year (2016-17 rate, paid quarterly) for the award period (three or four years). All awards receive an additional London Weighting payment of £2000.  Part-time awards are paid pro rata for the period of their award (six or eight years).

Applicants must have a first-class or good upper-second-class undergraduate degree in a subject area relevant to their proposed research. A postgraduate masters degree is not essential, but is desirable. Non-native speakers who have not been awarded a degree by a University in the UK will be expected to demonstrate English language skills to IELTS 7.0 (minimum 6.0 in any section). 

For the Education Pathway please email the documentation listed below to:

  • An up-to-date CV;
  • A personal statement supporting your application;
  • A Research Proposal;
  • Names and contact details of academic referees;
  • Transcripts and certificates of educational qualifications;
  • A copy of your English language qualification, where applicable.

Short-listed applicants will be invited to interview following which they will be informed if they are being nominated for a Grand Union DTP scholarship. Nominees will be instructed to submit a formal online application via Brunel University Admissions. Decisions from the DTP Panel on the award of studentships will be advised by April 2017. Nominees may also be advised of any alternative opportunities for doctoral study at Brunel.

Deadline:  Friday 20th January 2017.

For further details and to apply please visit

*This position does not meet the criteria of a skilled job for Tier 2 sponsorship which has to be at least at NQF level 6.


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