Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences Graduate School

Institution: University of Bath

In the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences we understand the importance of Social Sciences. We understand how Social Scientists are involved in solving the world’s biggest problems, and how Social Sciences can improve the societies we live in.

As a PhD student in one of the top universities in the UK you’ll be welcomed into a multi-disciplinary community of research, collaboration and support. The Graduate School provides you with a strong environment in which to pursue your research and contribute to socially significant research at a world-class level.

Our 350 research and 1,500 postgraduate taught students benefit from the strong interdisciplinary research collaboration between our six departments, as well as access to a portfolio of essential research skills training, research events and much more. Not only this, but you'll benefit from spending time in the beautiful city of Bath, and have access to strong links to industry and business.

Key research themes across the Faculty include:

• Childhood and Youth
• Conflict and Security
• Environment and Sustainability
• Health and Wellbeing
• Poverty and Social Justice
• Technology and the Knowledge Economy

South West Doctoral Training Centre

Together with the Universities of Bristol and Exeter, we’re part of the South West Doctoral Training Centre (SWDTC). Accredited by the Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC) the SWDTC is one of the UK’s largest centres of postgraduate research training for social scientists.

This means we’re able to provide you with new opportunities for training, collaboration, and events with students and academics across the three institutions.

Visit the website for more details: http://www.bath.ac.uk/hss/graduate-school/study-with-us/south-west-doctoral-trai...

South, West and Wales Doctoral Training Partnership

We’re also part of the South, West and Wales Doctoral Training Partnership (SWWDTP), funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). The SWWDTP comprises a collaboration of eight leading UK universities with research supervision and training expertise across a wide range of critical and creative fields in the arts and humanities. This year the SWWDTP will be awarding up to 56 doctoral studentships for entry in September 2016

Visit the website for more details: http://www.bath.ac.uk/hss/graduate-school/study-with-us/south-west-wales-doctora...

GW4 - South West research alliance

GW4 brings together the South West and Wales’ four leading, research-intensive universities. The Universities of Bath, Bristol, Cardiff and Exeter are collaborating through research to address the key global challenges for the benefit of society and the economy.

The institutions within GW4 are home to almost 8,000 postgraduate research students and attracts high-quality doctoral students from all over the world. Collectively we invest significant resources in our doctoral training partnerships, with students benefiting from the highest-quality research experience and skills training possible.

Funding opportunities

Funding opportunities for postgraduate research study through University studentships and studentships through the SWDTC and the SWWDTP have closed for 2016. New funding opportunities for 2017 entry will be announced towards the end of the year. Please visit the Graduate School funding page for details: http://www.bath.ac.uk/hss/graduate-school/research-programmes/funding

Scholarships and studentships are also available for postgraduate taught programmes:

How to apply

For guidance on how to apply for a PhD in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, please visit: http://www.bath.ac.uk/hss/graduate-school/research-programmes/how-to-apply

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General funding sources

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