If you are interested in studying for a PhD with LSS, but do not require studentship funding, please visit our PG Research Degrees page for more details.
PhD Studentships in the School of Languages and Social Sciences
The School of Languages and Social Sciences (LSS) invites applications for two fully-funded and one fees-only PhD studentship 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 2017.
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 studentships. An additional fees-only bursary will be available for a candidate who is not successful for a fully-funded award.
1 October 2017 start date with completion date of 30 September 2020
Will be provided to the successful applicant to cover the Home/EU fees rate (£4,195 in academic year 2017/8) plus a maintenance grant at the standard AHRC/ESRC rate (currently £14,553) 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 £13,050 in academic year 2017/8 so the difference to pay will be in the region of £8,855 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:
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: email@example.com Tel: ++44 (0)121 204 3972 Closing Date: 28 April 2017 (at 23.59)
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:
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.