PhD Studentship in Education

Brunel University London

Brunel University London is pleased to invite applications for studentships in Education, offered through the ESRC-funded Grand Union Doctoral Training Partnership (GUDTP). The GUDTP is an exciting new collaboration between Brunel, the University of Oxford and the Open University, which offers its students access to innovative social science research training across all three institutions. Brunel DTP students in Education will be members of the GUDTP Education Pathway led by the University of Oxford Brunel and delivered collaboratively by the two universities. You can find further information about the GUDTP here.

Brunel DTP students on the Education pathway will join the Department of Education. Education at Brunel is a leading department in the UK offering the full range of provision at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. The Education Department’s excellence is illustrated by being rated as 10th best in the UK by the Complete University Guide, 2016, and by 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.

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

Studentships are available as either three year PhD (+3) or (+4) depending on the level of research training already achieved, on a FT or PT basis. Successful applicants will receive a stipend of approximately £16,553 per year, plus Fees at the current RCUK rate for Full time or Part time courses.

How to apply and eligibility

For the Education Pathway, the following documentation below should be sent by email to: , BUL DTP Manager with the subject header: Grand Union DTP studentship – Education pathway.

  • An up-to-date CV;
  • A4 single-spaced personal statement, identifying the Pathway and specialist area of interest, and detailing why you are a suitable candidate. This should include details of your residential eligibility. Please see annex 1 of the ESRC postgraduate funding guide
  • Research Proposal – 2000 words
  • Two academic references or names and contact details of two academic referees. One professional reference (if applicable).
  • A copy of your Undergraduate transcript and certificate and Masters transcript and certificate (if applicable). If you have not yet completed your course, please provide an up-to-date transcript.
  • A copy of your English language qualification, where applicable. Any non-native speaker who has 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).

Short-listed applicants will be required to attend an interview. Following the interview, applicants will receive an initial decision about whether they are being nominated for a Grand Union DTP scholarship. Nominees will be instructed to submit a formal online application via Brunel University Admissions. A final decision from the DTP Panel on the award of a studentship will be advised by April 2018. All nominees who meet the required standard for doctoral study will also be advised of any alternative opportunities for doctoral study at Brunel.

Deadline for applications is 19 January 2018. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to interview in w/c 5th February.

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