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Social Sciences PhD Funding for September 2019

The University of Manchester - School of Social Sciences

Become part of one of the leading centres for social science research in the UK.

The School of Social Sciences at The University of Manchester is offering a range of PhD opportunities for entry in September 2019.

You will benefit from a dynamic research culture that encourages innovative, cross-disciplinary collaboration and provides all the support and training you will need to develop your research skills.

Our research is relevant, innovative and grounded in a range of methods and specialisms.

We are able to inform policy makers and influencers, nationally and globally. This means that our research has the power to change lives and shape futures.

Studentships are available on our PhD programmes in the following departments:

We particularly wish to receive applications from students who will be researching topics in one of the School’s key research themes:


UK/EU and international applicants will be considered for places on the PhD programme in general. However, if you wish to be considered for Research Council funding, please check your eligibility:



The School also has a number of PhD studentships and if your programme application is successful, you will automatically be considered for this (there is no separate application process for School studentships).

Academic Entry criteria:

A UK master’s degree with a minimum Merit, including 65% overall average, 65% in dissertation and no mark below 55%, or an EU or international qualification equivalent.

English Language criteria:

International students who have not been taught in a majority English speaking country may also be required to satisfy the English language requirements, which are:

IELTS – overall score of 7, including 6.5 in writing and no further score below 6

TOEFL – IBT 103 with 28 in writing and no further score below 25 in each section.

How to apply:

  • We encourage you to discuss your proposal informally with a potential supervisor before making a formal application to ensure it is of mutual interest. You can explore researchers’ profiles, including research interests, recent publications and contact details on our supervisor website pages
  • Apply online via The University of Manchester website
  • Supporting documents required are; two academic references, degree transcripts, CV, research proposal and IELTS or TOEFL score (if you are a national from a non-native English speaking country)
  • Guidelines on writing a research proposal can be found on our website
  • Include the names of preferred supervisors on the application form.
  • Full details on how to apply can be found on our applying web page.


Please refer to programme specific information. View all our programme profiles for deadlines and application guidance.

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Manchester
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Funding amount: Not Specified
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 9th November 2018
Closes: 6th February 2019
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