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PhD Studentships - Biosocial Research

The University of Manchester - School of Social Sciences

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Manchester
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students
Funding amount: £15,009
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 3rd January 2020
Closes: 10th February 2020

We are seeking bright, motivated applicants to form the next cohort of students in the Soc-B (Social-Biological) Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Biosocial Science jointly funded by the Economic and Social Research Council and the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council.

Strong links exist between our social environments and health, however the biological processes linking the two are less clear. Recent years have seen increased investment in the collection of biomarker data (eg neuroimaging, genomics, metabolomics, cognitive and physical functioning) within a number of well-characterised longitudinal social surveys.

Innovative methods are required to handle these high-dimensional datasets and study the causal processes underlying the reciprocal relationships between the social environment and biology.

As a graduate of the innovative Soc-B programme, you will be one of a small group of cutting-edge researchers with the theoretical knowledge, analytic capabilities and communication skills to capitalise on these investments and make major advances in biosocial research in the future.

Soc-B studentships are based across social and biological science departments in three centres of excellence in biosocial research: UCL, The University of Manchester and University of Essex.

Soc-B PhD studentships are four-year (+4) studentships, with the first year spent in project rotations and biosocial training before selecting a PhD research topic for years 2-4.

Biosocial research is an exciting new area of study (

Entry Requirements: Applicants are expected to have a First Class or Upper Second Class Bachelor Honours UK degree and/or a Master’s degree (minimum merit, with a minimum overall average of 65%, including 65% in dissertation and no mark below 55%) in a social or biological science. Candidates must apply to only ONE of the three participating Soc-B institutions (UCL, University of Manchester or University of Essex). You must satisfy ESRC UK residential criteria to qualify for this studentship (see page 9 of the document here.)

Informal enquiries should be directed to;

Application forms can be found on the CDT website

Further details about biosocial research opportunities and potential PhD supervisors are available here Please note that applying for this PhD studentship funding is a separate process to applying for entry to the Manchester PhD programme. The successful candidate will therefore also be required to fulfil the normal admissions criteria by submitting an on-line programme application for the School of Social Sciences once they have been offered the studentship.


  • Payment of tuition fees at the standard RCUK rate
  • Annual maintenance stipend (£15,009)
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