PhD Studentships: School of Social Sciences (October 2019 start)

Hazlerigg Building on Loughborough University campusApplications are invited for up to seven fully funded studentships in the School of Social Sciences at Loughborough University. The School is looking for highly motivated and talented scholars able to extend the School’s reputation for excellent, adventurous, cutting-edge research.

Loughborough University is a top-ten rated university in England for research intensity (REF 2014). In choosing Loughborough for your research, you’ll work alongside academics who are leaders in their field. You will benefit from comprehensive support and guidance from our Doctoral College, including tailored careers advice, to help you succeed in your research and future career.

Internationally renowned for its research excellence, the University has a vibrant research student community of around 1200 students supported by a £6 million annual investment. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, every unit was found to be undertaking research that is internationally recognised, with many regarded as ‘world leading’. The University is ranked top 10 in UK university league tables and Social Science is listed in the top 100 THES 2018 world university rankings.

The School comprises Geography and Environment, Politics and International Studies, Communication and Media, and Social and Policy Studies. It is a partner in the Central England NERC Training Alliance (CENTA) for doctoral training and the Midlands Graduate School ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership.

 Entry requirements 2:1+
 Full-time 3 years
 Start date 1 October 2019
 Application deadline 14 January 2019
 Reference number SOCSCI2019
 UK / EU fee N/A
 International fee N/A
 Location Loughborough

Project detail

Applications are invited from outstanding scholars working in any area of human and physical geography, communications and media, social and policy studies and politics and international studies. We are especially keen to recruit excellent researchers with interests in climate science and hydroclimatic extremes, migration and mobility, urban development and economy; digital media, social theory and cultural consumption, Black British culture, culture and social inequality, interpersonal communication; poverty – child poverty and inequality; bioethics and biomedicine; Cold war decolonisation, militarism, war and gender.

You must contact the School before submission to discuss your proposal. As a research student you will be provided with research skills training and support from internationally recognised academics.


The studentships are open to articulate, well qualified and highly motivated UK/EU graduates with backgrounds in relevant disciplines. The studentship provides a tax-free stipend of £14,777 per annum plus tuition fees at the UK/EU rate. International (non EU/UK) students may apply however the total value of the studentship will be used towards the cost of the International tuition fee in the first instanceStudentships are for three years and all candidates will be expected to register for 1 October 2019.

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Communications and Media/Social and Policy Studies

Geography and Environment

Politics and International Studies

Why you should choose us

Entry requirements

Our entry requirements are listed using standard UK undergraduate degree classifications i.e. first-class honours, upper second-class honours and lower second-class honours. To learn the equivalent for your country, please choose it from the dropdown below.


Entry requirements for United Kingdom

Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 honours degree (or equivalent international qualification) in the major subject of their research field or a related subject. A relevant master’s degree will be an advantage.

English language requirements

Applicants must meet the minimum English Language requirements. Further details are available on the International website.

How to apply

All applications should be made online. Under programme name select ‘Communications and Media’, ‘Geography and Environment’, ‘Politics and International Studies’ or ‘Social and Policy Studies’. Please quote reference SOCSCI2019. The deadline for applications is 14 January 2019.

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