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MPhil/ PhD Research Degree

Our MPhil/PhD programmes aim to train you to conduct research of the highest academic standard and to make an original contribution to the subject through your thesis:

Research students follow a programme of study that is supervised by leading experts in their fields. You will benefit from a range of subject-specific and generic research training courses. You will also have opportunities to attend and contribute to a variety of research seminars and other activities organised within the Department and by various research centres.

Fully funded MPhil/PhD postgraduate research scholarships

The School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy will award up to six fully funded Postgraduate Research Scholarships in 2017.

The scholarship awards will include a fee waiver up to the value of the full-time home/EU rate for MPhil/PhD degrees [£4121 in 2016/7], in addition to an annual stipend set at Research Council rates [£16,296 in 2016/7, including London Weighting]; pro rata in the case of a part-time award).

Applications are particularly encouraged in relation to the following thematic and disciplinary areas:

  • History, Classics and Archaeology
  • Philosophy
  • Politics
  • Sociology
  • 'Communicating Cultures'
  • Gender Studies
  • 'Super Diversity'
  • 'Zones of Conflict and Contestation'

This competition is primarily open to new Home/EU and International students who are applying for a full-time MPhil/PhD place. Applications for part-time study will also be considered, at an appropriate pro rata rate and extended duration.

The competition will be decided on the basis of academic merit. Scholarships will be awarded in late Spring 2017, to be taken up in the 2017/8 academic year; they will be tenable for up to 3 years (subject to the holder making satisfactory performance, as assessed through the College’s regular structures for reviewing the performance of doctoral students).

Please note that in order to apply for funding, prospective students must complete an application for a place on the MPhil/PhD Geogrpahy, Environment and Development Studies programme, either before or at the same time as applying for funding. If you are a prospective student, your application will not be considered if you have not applied for a place.

Students who are currently enrolled on MPhil/PhD degrees within the School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy will only be considered for the research scholarships under exceptional circumstances. Please send a brief supporting e-mail outlining these exceptional circumstances when you submit this form.

Closing date for applications: Friday 3 February 2017.

Please apply by completing the Postgraduate Scholarship Application Form and returning it to

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