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ESRC North West Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership

The North West Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership (NWSSDTP) is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), to support postgraduate studentships and training in the social sciences in the North West.

Below you will find information specific to applying for NWSSDTP at The University of Manchester. Please read all sections before applying.

More general information can be found on the ESRC NWSSDTP website.

Summary of the ESRC NWSSDTP

We are now seeking outstanding postgraduates for places on our fully-funded 1+3 (master's + PhD) and +3 (PhD) training routes starting in September 2019. Applications are now open and will be closing on 4 February 2019 at 5pm. Please see the ‘How to Apply’ section for details on the application process.

Successful applicants will benefit from training opportunities available across the NWSSDTP – a partnership between the Universities of Manchester, Lancaster, Liverpool and Keele.

Candidates for 1+3 awards are expected to hold a minimum Upper Second class (or equivalent) degree. +3 applicants should additionally have achieved (or be expected to achieve) a merit or distinction at master’s level.

1+3 and +3 training explained

+3 training (PhD only)

Trainees start directly onto the three year PhD on an agreed project. Applicants are expected to have a solid foundation in the research methods necessary to excel on the PhD, and so are expected to hold (or be due to obtain) a related master’s (MSc/MRes) at merit/distinction level.

1+3 training (master’s + PhD)

Trainees undertake the first year on a master’s (MSc/MRes) degree related to the area of PhD research they eventually wish to progress onto. The master’s will provide thorough grounding in the methods, techniques and approaches required to successfully complete independent research within that subject.

Applicants for 1+3 training typically do not hold a master’s degree or extended relevant research training experience. Following successful completion of the master’s, trainees progress onto a three year PhD.