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UBEL (UCL, Bloomsbury and East London) Doctoral Training Partnership

Birkbeck, along with four other universities in London, is a member of the prestigious UCL, Bloomsbury and East London (UBEL) Doctoral Training Partnership, which is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). 

More than 40 studentships are available each year across 25 pathways. Studentships are offered on a full-time and part-time basis, across a range of routes, with opportunities for MRes, MSc and MA programmes attached to your chosen PhD programme.

HOW TO APPLY 

Applications for 2020-21 entry open in October 2019. 

Deadline for preliminary applications: Monday 6 January 2020.

Some pathways at Birkbeck have earlier internal deadlines - check each pathway below for specific deadlines and details of how to apply - or contact the relevant pathway lead.

UBEL PATHWAYS AT BIRKBECK

You can apply for UBEL funding at Birkbeck via the following pathways. Please note: you should contact the most relevant UBEL pathway contact before you apply.

ARCHAEOLOGY AND HERITAGE STUDIES

  • We offer particular expertise in: 
    • archaeological practice 
    • cultural heritage studies 
    • heritage studies 
    • public archaeology 
    • heritage science 
    • sustainable heritage. 
  • Find out more about the UBEL archaeology and heritage studies pathway
  • ContactJen Baird 
  • Deadlines: 
    • Birkbeck internal deadline: you must apply to Birkbeck by Friday 13 December 2019 in order to be considered for this pathway.

ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL HISTORY

  • We focus on:
    • the relationship between society, the economy and power
    • state formation
    • emergent fields such as educational history, healthcare, environmental history and technology
    • material/consumer culture. 
  • Find out more about the UBEL economic and social history pathway
  • Birkbeck pathway lead 
  • Deadlines:
    • Birkbeck internal deadline: You must apply to Birkbeck by Friday 13 December 2019 in order to be considered for this pathway.

ECONOMICS 

GENDER AND SEXUALITY

HEALTH AND WELLBEING

HUMAN GEOGRAPHY

LAW AND CRIMINOLOGY

  • Birkbeck's School of Law has a reputation for pioneering new fields of legal scholarship, offering a strong, critical, theoretically driven and dynamic research culture and a breadth of expertise and research interests. 
  • Find out more about the UBEL law and criminology pathway
  • Contacts: and 
  • Birkbeck internal deadline: You must apply to Birkbeck by Friday 13 December 2019 in order to be considered for this pathway. 

LINGUISTICS

POLITICS AND INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

  • This pathway brings together three world-class departments: Birkbeck's Department of Politics, the SOAS's Department of Politics and International Studies and UCL's Department of Political Science/School of Public Policy. These departments cover a huge range of sub-fields, attract significant research funding, and supervise many doctoral students to successful completion.
  • If you are offered a place on Birkbeck's MPhil/PhD programme, you will then have an opportunity to apply for an ESRC studentship via this pathway. You can apply for a full award or a fees-only award or full-time or part-time study subject to residency requirements. If you do not hold a Master's degree recognised by the ESRC, you can apply for a +3 ESRC studentship to cover the costs of a Master's degree before moving on to a PhD.
  • In addition to provision within Birkbeck, students following the Politics and International Relations pathway will have the opportunity to take modules across SOAS and UCL.
  • Find out more about the UBEL politics and international relations pathway
  • Additional application requirement: You should include a covering letter with your application stating that you wish to be considered for an ESRC studentship. This letter should make clear that Birkbeck and the UBEL DTP are your first choice in applying for an ESRC studentship and explain why your academic studies to date and proposed research project make you a suitable candidate for this highly competitive source of funding.
  • Birkbeck internal deadline: You must apply to Birkbeck by Monday 9 December 2019 in order to be considered for this pathway.
  • ContactDermot Hodson.

PSYCHOLOGY

  • We offer great breadth with interlocking areas of strength in: 
    • cognition 
    • computation 
    • development 
    • education 
    • language 
    • neuroscience 
    • social change. 
  • Find out more about the UBEL psychology pathway.
  • Application advice: Applications are student-led, but in practice are joint with the supervisor. The initial application involves a two-page expression of interest, describing the student profile, supervisor experience and intended project. Expressions of interest will be triaged, and a subset of students will be invited to make full applications by the end of February (since the full application process is time-consuming, the triage is intended to save everyone time by ensuring all full applications are competitive).
  • Contact 

PSYCHOSOCIAL STUDIES

SOCIOLOGY