DTA Social Policy Studentships

University of South Wales

We are inviting applications for two full-time PhD studentships in the area of Social Policy [including Criminology, Sociology, Social Policy, Social Work and Public Management]. These studentships will be a part of the Doctoral Training Alliance in Social Policy.

About the studentships

The University of South Wales is part of the recently established Doctoral Training Alliance (DTA) in Social Policy, a University Alliance initiative including eight partner universities which aims to deliver a new approach to postgraduate research opportunities. It builds on the research strengths and industry-focused ethos of Alliance universities, offering fully funded postgraduate programmes which deliver excellent research with real world impact, an expert network of support and potential employment opportunities for researchers. 

Students will be based at the University of South Wales and will undertake a project within the School of Humanities and Social Sciences. The PhD projects could also include collaborations between one or more Alliance Universities to be agreed with the supervisor.

The student will receive comprehensive training in not only the area of the project but also will acquire practical innovation and entrepreneurial expertise. This will include attendance at the DTA Training Schools and access to a bespoke ‘elective programme’ hosted across the network of universities. You will be provided with excellent training and supported in your development as an independent researcher.

This call is open to scholars with research interests in the areas specified above. Further details of research in these areas can be found by following the links below. We particularly welcome applicants employing a range of methods and interdisciplinary approaches.   

Centre for Social Policy csp.southwales.ac.uk/about-us

Centre for Criminology criminology.research.southwales.ac.uk

Funding details

The studentship is available from October 2017 for a period of 3 years, subject to satisfactory progress and includes a tax exempt stipend, which is currently £14,057/14,142 per annum. In addition, full-time tuition fees will be covered for up to three years (Home/EU rates only). The studentship will also include up to £1500 per year for travel and subsistence to enable interaction between the collaborating organisations.

Eligibility criteria

Applicants should hold a first-class or upper second class degree in a relevant subject, and should normally have either a MA or MSc in a relevant subject.  


Details of how to apply are on the University Graduate Research Office webpages: gro.southwales.ac.uk/next-step

Applicants should submit a research proposal outlining the research questions, theoretical framework, methods and timeframe for completion of the research. Proposals should clearly explain the original contribution to knowledge. Advice on preparing a research proposal can be found here: gro.southwales.ac.uk/information-applicant

In your application please state that you are interested in a DTA Social Policy studentship.

Please select MPhil/PhD (Social Policy & Criminology) when applying.

Closing date

The closing date for applications is Friday 22nd September.

Interviews will be held during the first week of October.

Further information

For further information on this studentship please contact Dr Cheryl Allsop by email at Cheryl.allsop@southwales.ac.uk

For guidance on applying please contact Alison Crudgington in the Graduate Research Office gro@southwales.ac.uk

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