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 a fully-funded PhD studentship from strong candidates in any of the research areas covered by the School. The studentship is for full-time study over three years, commencing in October 2018.
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. Further information on the School’s research areas can be found here.
Two additional fees-only bursaries will be available for candidates who are not successful for the fully-funded award.
1 October 2018 start date with completion date of 30 September 2021
Will be provided to the successful applicant to cover the Home/EU fees rate (£4,260 in academic year 2018/19) plus a maintenance grant at the standard AHRC/ESRC rate (currently £14,777) 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 £13,350 in academic year 2018/9 so the difference to pay will be in the region of £9,090 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.
Apply by completing the Postgraduate research application form including:
Closing Date: 30 April 2018
Interview dates to be confirmed.
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 project
4. Show a basic understanding of at least one appropriate theoretical model that will be used to analyse data for your study
5. 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.
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