PLEASE NOTE: Applications for our 2016 LSS PhD studentships are now closed. Information on 2017 studentships will be made available in December.
PhD Studentships in the School of Languages and Social Sciences
The School of Languages and Social Sciences (LSS) invites applications for one fully-funded and five fees-only PhD studentships from strong candidates in any of the research areas covered by the School. The studentships are for full-time study over three years, commencing in October 2016.
LSS is a multi-disciplinary research-focused School which brings together researchers in the areas of Languages (French, German, Spanish), Translation Studies, Politics and International Relations, Sociology and Policy, and English Language. Further information on the School’s research areas can be found here.
All candidates will initially be considered for the fully-funded studentship. For candidates who are unsuccessful in securing the fully-funded studentship, the School will offer up to five fees-only bursaries.
1 October 2016 start date with completion date of 30 September 2019
Will be provided to the successful applicant to cover the Home/EU fees rate (£4,052 in academic year 2015/6) plus a maintenance grant at the standard AHRC/ESRC rate (currently £14,057) with the corresponding standard increases in subsequent years. Applicants from outside the EU may apply for these studentships but will need to pay the difference between the ‘Home/EU’ and the ‘Overseas’ tuition fees (Overseas tuition fees are currently £12,500 in academic year 2015/6 so the difference to pay will be in the region of £8,448 per year).
The successful applicant should have a first class or good upper second class honours degree or equivalent qualification in a relevant subject area. They should have, or be near to completing, a postgraduate qualification such as a Masters or equivalent. An overall merit grade with merit in the dissertation is normally required.
How to apply Apply by completing the Postgraduate research application form including:
The reference number:
A substantial outline of your proposed research (see below)
2 written references
Photocopies of your first and Masters degree certificates and a transcript of your grades
Evidence of an approved English language qualification (if required)
Your application and proposal will be reviewed by a selection panel and short-listed candidates will be invited to interview. Interview dates to be confirmed.
For more details on how to apply please contact:
Mr Dan Thomson, LSS Research Manager Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: ++44 (0)121 204 3972 Closing Date: 29 February 2016 (at 23.59)
The Research Proposal (8-12 pages)
You are required to:
Your understanding of the subject at an appropriate level and highlight the scope for doctoral research Your expected outcome (e.g. descriptive, explanatory, pedagogic) Which field the research will contribute to
3. Demonstrate an awareness of an appropriate research tradition (or paradigm) which will provide a focus for your project4. Show a basic understanding of at least one appropriate theoretical model that will be used to analyse data for your study5. Draft a plan (in line with 3 and 4 above) of how the research will be carried out over the time allowed.
Organisation of the Proposal:
Contacting a supervisor
Finding an appropriate supervisor who is an expert in your chosen area of research is an essential part of the application process. We recommend that you look at the staff subject group pages here which will enable you to determine whether there is a good match between your research interests and LSS.
If there is a member of staff whose research interest matches your own, we recommend that you contact them directly with a copy of your research proposal and discuss this further with them. In addition to contacting a prospective supervisor you also need to submit a formal application. If you are successful in identifying a supervisor through this method it is essential that you indicate this on your application form. Please be advised that a formal decision on your application can only be made once the formal application has been submitted via the online form.