Social Science Doctoral Training Centre Studentships 2011 at University of Plymouth

The newly established University of Plymouth Social Sciences Doctoral Training Centre is delighted to announce the availability of 5 PhD studentships. Successful applicants who are awarded a studentship will join a vibrant community of over 160 social science research students within the Doctoral Training Centre. The Doctoral Training Centre, in partnership with the University of Plymouth Graduate School, will provide students with an extensive research training programme covering both generic and discipline specific skills.

Topics for studentships
5 Studentships are available in any of the following social science disciplines: Criminology, Education, Human Geography, Management and Business Studies, Politics and International Relations, Psychology, Sociology, Social Policy, and Social Work. Applications are expected to demonstrate how they align to the relevant strategic research themes of the University and its associated research centres and networks. Interdisciplinary applications are particularly welcome. Further details about current University Research in each of the disciplines is listed below: University of Plymouth Research Themes: Official Website .

Plymouth Business School: We would welcome any applications in the fields of criminology and criminal justice; international studies; sustainable leadership, governance and policy; service and enterprise. See: Official Website. Official Website. and Official Website.

Faculty of Education: We would welcome any applications in the areas of e-learning; early childhood and well-being; inclusion diversity & social justice; outdoor and experiential learning; professional theory and practice; science, technology and mathematics education. See: Official Website.

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences: We would welcome any applications in the field of Human Geography that align with the interests of the Centre for Research in Environment & Society. See: Official Website.

School of Psychology: We would welcome any applications that align with the interests of the Centre for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour: Official Website.

We are particularly keen to receive applications on children`s moral judgements, political psychology and prejudice, children`s false memories, development of speech perception, mechanisms of psychotherapy, risk perception and risk-taking, or individual differences in thinking and reasoning.

School of Social Science and Social Work: Applications are welcome in the research areas of: cultural Industries; developmental disabilities research and education; health, mental health; parenting and child welfare; social exclusion; diversity and disadvantage. See: Official Website.

Please note: In addition to these 5 studentships, there is a PhD studentship in psychology to work on a specific project with Dr Patric Bach titled: “The predictive mirror: A cognitive neuroscience approach to social interaction in healthy and autistic individuals”. Further details on how to apply for this studentship are available from

Awards are available for three years full-time PhD study. Studentships will commence in October 2011 and will cover Home/EU tuition fees as well as a stipend of £13590 per annum.

Applicants should have a good first degree in a relevant social science discipline, and ideally a relevant Master`s degree.

How to apply
Applications must be submitted on the standard postgraduate application form which can be found at: Official Website. In section 9 of the form (Funding Information) please ensure that you declare that you are applying for a Social Science DTC Studentship, and also indicate which subject area your proposal falls within. Applications must be accompanied by a research proposal (up to 4 pages) which makes it clear what the research ideas are; which subject area the proposal falls within and how the proposed topic aligns with the research interests and expertise of the relevant subject area within the University of Plymouth.

The deadline for applications is 3rd June 2011. Shortlisted applicants will be invited for interview. If applicants have not heard from us within five weeks of the deadline they should assume that their application has been unsuccessful. Applications will be considered by the Doctoral Training Centre Committee which will make judgements based on evidence of the candidate`s research potential, the quality of the research proposal and relevance with regards to the research themes of the Schools within the Doctoral Training Centre.

Any queries or questions about the studentship application process can be directed to Professor Jane Seale, Director of the University of Plymouth Social Science DTC, at:


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