The UCL, Bloomsbury and East London Doctoral Training Partnership

We are delighted to announce our participation in the ESRC-funded UCL, Bloomsbury and East London Doctoral Training Partnership. We are seeking applicants for the first cohort of students in the following areas:

Archaeology and heritage studies

  • Pathway leader: Jen Baird
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  • Bloomsbury houses institutions recognised internationally for excellent research in archaeological and heritage disciplines and proven excellence at teaching and fostering research in the subjects. Students can approach this funded pathway through 6 training routes, depending on the nature of their research interests and training needs:
    • archaeological practice
    • cultural heritage studies
    • heritage studies
    • public archaeology
    • heritage science
    • sustainable heritage
  • Students can undertake study either part-time, or full-time, and can enter the doctoral programme either via a 1-year Master’s or directly into a PhD. Each of these routes builds on the concentration of academic resources between partnering institutions, including the Institute of Archaeology, Institute for Sustainable Heritage, Raphael Samuel History Centre, and partnerships with the British Museum and Museum of London.
  • Students will carry out cutting-edge research through our active archaeological and heritage field projects both in the UK and across the globe, and will develop their skills through teaching provision across our programme in central London.
  • Interested students should approach relevant possible supervisors at any of our partner institutions to discuss their proposed research projects in the first instance; alternatively, interested students should contact a representative within the relevant department:

Economic and social history

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  • Economic and Social History in the consortium is based primarily within the Department of History, Classics and Archaeology at Birkbeck and the Department of History and the Institute of the Americas at UCL. Together they are among the most prestigious centres of historical research in the United Kingdom, with long-established and world leading reputations for scholarship across the broad range of the discipline. Additional expertise is provided by UEL, which means that there is extensive supervisory capacity and many opportunities for joint supervision, training and research collaboration.
  • History at both Birkbeck and UCL spans time and space - from prehistory to the 21st century, from London to India and China, and from the history of ideas to the history of things. Established strengths include:
    • the study of Britain and its empire
    • medieval, early modern and modern Europe
    • the Americas
    • comparative and transnational history
  • The breadth of research is matched by a shared focus on key areas of historical enquiry, such as the relationship between society, the economy and power, state formation and emergent fields of growing importance such as educational history, healthcare, environmental history and the study of technology and material and consumer culture.
  • All training routes are available in full-time and part-time modes, to fit the varied backgrounds and professional commitments of students. There are two modes of entry either via a 1-year Master’s (1+3) or directly on to a PhD (+3).
    • The Birkbeck-based route is available to both 1+3 and +3 students.
    • The UCL Route is offered to +3 structures and UEL will provide +3 supervision in additional specialist areas.
  • Potential applicants should apply first to the department of their choice (by 1 December 2016) using the normal application procedure. They are encouraged to contact possible supervisors at our partner institutions or pathway leads:

Economics

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  • The Department of Economics at University College London (UCL) and the Department of Economics, Mathematics and Statistics (EMS) at Birkbeck provide exceptionally strong and complementary expertise in the field of economics and finance, and have been centrally involved in the operation of the UCL and Bloomsbury DTCs.
  • Students should apply independently to programmes at UCL and at Birkbeck. Applications will be scrutinised within the two institutions prior to agreement on joint evaluation.
  • Birkbeck and UCL have a long-established practice of collaborating in PhD training, through their Bloomsbury PhD programme, and aim to strengthen these links over the lifetime of the DTP, increasing the range of advanced training modules available to students of both institutions. Contributors from both institutions to teaching on the training pathways have backgrounds in economics, econometrics, statistics, mathematics and computational methods. Hence the Economics pathway will be able to provide substantial training to students in other pathways and groupings, such as:
    • economic and social history
    • education, health and wellbeing
    • interdisciplinary area studies
    • international development
    • politics
    • psychology
    • quantitative social science
    • social and policy studies of energy and environment
  • There is substantial scope for co-supervision, both within the pathway and with international development, psychology, and quantitative social science.
  • Birkbeck also has long-standing collaborative arrangements for advanced doctoral training with other London Colleges.
  • The Economics pathway offers three routes, all of which aim to provide research training at the international frontier, enabling graduates to conduct research of high academic merit and to make original contributions to the subject. All three routes are available in both 1+3 and +3 structures which formed part of provision within the UCL and Bloomsbury DTCs.
    • The 1+3 Economics route at UCL provides core training through the MRes Economics, a highly structured programme with research training comparable to top-10 US economics departments. Entering students are required to hold an MSc in economics with substantial training in economic theory and methods, at a level equivalent to the UCL MSc in Economics/Economic Policy. The programme then provides substantial further subject-specific training in theory and methods, and does so for both full-time and part-time students.
    • At Birkbeck, students on the 1+3 routes in Economics/Financial Economics and Finance/Mathematical Finance are trained in their first year through the MScs in Economics or Financial Economics; and Finance, Financial Engineering or Financial Risk Management respectively.

Gender and sexuality

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  • Gender and Sexuality research in the UCL, Bloomsbury and East London DTP is vibrant and diverse. It is characterised by interdisciplinarity and the innovative use of mixed methods. Expertise within the DTP is provided in the areas of gender and:
    • international development (Birkbeck, SOAS, UCL, UEL)
    • psychosocial studies and sociology (Birkbeck, UCL, UEL)
    • law (Birkbeck, SOAS)
    • media and cultural studies (Birkbeck, SOAS, UCL, UEL)
    • sexuality and history (Birkbeck, UCL, UEL)
    • education and childhood studies (UCL, UEL)
  • Cross-cutting research themes include:
    • issues of gender in social movements, citizenship and participation
    • the life-course, care, love and home
    • space, place, nation and the environment
    • ‘race’/ethnicity, migration, diaspora and belonging
    • violence, state violence and war
    • learning and higher education
    • human rights, journalism and new media
    • embodiment
    • communities and collective life
    • empire and postcoloniality
    • religion
  • The consortium members have particular regional expertise in Africa, Asia/Pacific region, the Middle East and Latin America.
  • The Gender and Sexuality pathway offers 1+3 routes at Birkbeck and UCL IOE, and +3 routes at Birkbeck, SOAS, UCL and UEL. These routes provide robust research training with opportunities for students to follow their diverse interests and training needs.
    • The Birkbeck-based 1+3 route is linked to the MSc Social Research.
    • The UCL IOE-based route is linked to the Education, Gender and International Development programmes, which are part of IOE’s extensive education-related provision.
  • Students entering the +3 routes will have already completed a master's involving social science research, and will have received good preliminary training in both quantitative and qualitative research methods, as well as having some background in gender/ sexuality issues.
  • All routes are offered in full-time and part-time modes; the taught component of the Birkbeck-based route is available in the evenings.
  • Potential PhD students should apply first (by 1 December 2016) to the institution of their choice using the normal application procedure.
  • Selected applicants will then have the opportunity to complete the DTP application process by 3 February 2017.

Health and wellbeing

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  • The Health and Wellbeing pathway involves LSHTM, Birkbeck and UEL and offers three training routes. The Health Economics and the Social Science Approaches in Public Health and Health Services Research routes are based at LSHTM and are available as 1+3, +3 or +4 studentships. The Psychological Approaches to Health and Wellbeing route is based at Birkbeck and 1+3 and +3 studentships are available.
  • Co-supervision and training in qualitative methods, particularly narrative research, is available at UEL. LSHTM has a global reputation for public health research in high-, middle-, and low-income settings and the Faculty of Public Health and Policy – which is made up of three large interdisciplinary departments and over 150 social scientists – conducts a wide range of research using the full spectrum of quantitative and qualitative approaches. Large official research centres reflect the thematic orientation (e.g. the Centre for Evaluation, the Gender Violence and Health Centre).
  • Birkbeck’s Department of Psychological Sciences complements the work conducted at LSHTM and has world-class researchers in the psychology of health and wellbeing, offering a wide range of methodological expertise. Within the department there are two principal research groups in health and wellbeing.
    • The Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis Research Group acts as a hub for a wide range of national and international activities and resources, and conducts research in the psychology of health and wellbeing.
    • The Institute for the Study of Children, Families, and Social Issues conducts major funded evaluations of programmes and policy initiatives that address national and international priorities in education, child and family health, and parenting support aimed at providing evidence to inform social policy.
    • The Centre for Narrative Research at UEL is the leading centre for narrative work in the social sciences. The centre runs ‘narrative methods’ training days and symposia and several Master's-level modules in narrative research and analysis.

Human geography

  • Pathway leader: Alan Ingram
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  • The Human Geography pathway is based in UCL Department of Geography, a world-leading centre for geographical research, teaching and public engagement. The pathway reflects the interdisciplinary orientation of much geographical research and the department is a leading centre for interdisciplinary and cross-RCUK research training. We welcome applications across the discipline, particularly where proposed projects complement our existing areas of research strength. Advanced (+3) training is also available through co-supervision with colleagues in Birkbeck Department of Geography, Environment and Development Studies.
  • Research interests of particular relevance to ESRC address:
    • culture and migration (aligned with the MSc Global Migration)
    • environment, politics and society (aligned with the MSc Environment, Politics and Society)
    • geospatial analytics and computing (aligned with the MSc Geographic Information Science and MSc Geospatial Analysis)
    • global urbanisms (linked with the cross-disciplinary MSc Urban Studies)
  • Four routes through the pathway are available in both 1+3 and +3 structures.
    • On 1+3 routes, students pursue core research methods training appropriate to their programme.
    • Advanced training is provided through close collaboration with supervisors, with further support provided to multidisciplinary research students through supervision by Geography academics working in environmental sciences including through joint supervision of ESRC-NERC multidisciplinary studentships.
    • Specialised advanced training in Big Data and geospatial analytics is available through integration with the ESRC Consumer Data Research Centre.
  • Potential applicants through the Human Geography Pathway should in the first instance contact potential supervisors to discuss project ideas, copying the Pathway Leader into correspondence.

Law and criminology

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  • Law, Socio-legal Studies and Criminology in the consortium are based within the School of Law at Birkbeck and SOAS. Together they are nationally and internationally renowned centres of legal and criminological scholarship, both within the top 10 law schools in the UK.
  • Birkbeck Law has a reputation for pioneering new fields of legal scholarship offering a strong critical, theoretically-driven and dynamic research culture.
  • SOAS Law has unmatched expertise in national legal systems of the developing world and the relationship between law globalisation and the enduring colonial heritage, as well as comparative, transnational and international law.
  • Staff in the Schools have a breadth of expertise and research interests including:
    • law and architecture
    • law and aesthetics
    • law and psychoanalysis
    • theological origins of legal thought
    • law and evidential image
    • critical criminology and criminal justice
    • corruption and political violence
    • postcolonial legal criticism
    • critical race theory
    • human rights
    • economic and commercial law
    • law and development
    • dispute resolution
    • environmental law
    • law and gender
    • regional and religious laws
    • law, culture and society
  • The Law and Socio-legal Studies pathway offers three routes covering different aspects of our research, two based at Birkbeck, Socio-legal Studies (Human Rights) and Criminology, and one at SOAS, Law. All will be available to DTP students in 1+3 and +3 structures. All 1+3 structures will be based on flexible MRes programmes that are either in place now or will be by 2017, allowing students to follow disciplinary and methods training in accordance with their research interests.
  • Potential applicants should apply first to the department of their choice (by 6th January 2017) using the normal application procedure. They are encouraged to contact possible supervisors and pathway leads: Birkbeck and SOAS .

Linguistics

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  • Linguistics training is based in UCL, Birkbeck and SOAS, covering a broad range of specialisms, from experimental speech and language sciences, quantitative and corpus linguistics, fieldwork-based language documentation and description, language acquisition and disorders, to critical discourse analysis, language policy and practice, language education and intercultural communication. Together we represent one of the largest, if not the largest, groupings in linguistics in the UK and the world.
  • With an emphasis on interdisciplinarity, we are united in our commitment to understanding how human beings in diverse linguistic and cultural contexts communicate and develop their linguistic and communicative competence to meet the challenges of the multilingual world, thus providing ample opportunities for joint supervision.
  • The Linguistics Pathway offers nine routes distributed across the three partners, including 1+3, +3 and +4 structures offered on both a full-time and part-time basis. All have advanced research training components, including quantitative methods training.
  • Interested students should first approach potential supervisors or graduate tutors at the relevant institution. For more information, please contact the partner college in the first instance:

Politics and International Relations

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  • Bloomsbury’s Politics and International Relations pathway brings together three departments with world-class reputations for research excellence:
    • Birkbeck’s Department of Politics
    • the School of Oriental and African Studies’ Department of Politics and International Studies
    • UCL’s Department of Political Science/School of Public Policy
  • Together, these departments span more subfields of politics and international relations and more geographical foci than any other ESRC doctoral training partnership in the UK.
  • Between 2008 and 2013, the three departments had in excess of £4.7 million in research funded by the ESRC, AHRC, EC and other bodies, and supervised more than 80 doctoral students to successful completion.
  • The Politics and International Relations pathway offers five routes:
    • politics
    • global politics
    • public policy and management
    • politics and international studies
    • political science
  • Each has a distinctive emphasis determined by focus and methodological approach, allowing students to follow disciplinary and methods training in accordance with their research interests.
  • All will be available in 1+3 and +3 structures, and there is also a +4 option for students who have a new or difficult language to learn.
  • In addition to provision within individual departments, students following the Politics and International Relations pathway will have the opportunity to take modules across Birkbeck, SOAS and UCL.
  • Potential applicants must apply first to the department of their choice (by 1 December 2016) using the normal application procedure to their MPhil/PhD programmes.
  • Applicants are encouraged to make contact with the relevant PhD programme director well in advance of this deadline to discuss their application: , and .

Psychology

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  • Within the Psychology Pathway, training is represented across three institutions, and a number of departments.
  • Within UCL, there are four research departments in the Faculty of Brain Sciences within the Division of Psychology and Language Sciences:
  • Some research centres additionally straddle other UCL departments (Computer Science in the case of UCLIC and the Institute of Neurology in the case of the ICN). All these departments have an intensive research focus, with highly visible and internationally leading outputs and facilities, considerable external research income and extensive national and international research collaborations with other institutions. The component departments together offer a wide range of state-of-the-art research facilities, including equipment for multimodal behavioural testing, auditory and visual psychophysics, eye-movement recordings, infant testing, and brain imaging.
  • The Psychology pathway offers great breadth, with interlocking areas of strength in development, education, social change, language, cognition, neuroscience, and computation. Thirteen training routes are available, including:
    • clinical and health psychology
    • cognitive neuroscience
    • computational modelling
    • deafness and sign language
    • decision and cognitive sciences
    • psychology of education
    • developmental sciences
    • educational neuroscience
    • experimental psychology
    • human-computer interaction
    • occupational and organizational psychology
    • psychology and social change
    • social psychology
  • Both FT and PT +3 and 1+3 structures are available across all routes, and 2+3 and +4 across some. Specific Master's degrees are aligned with training routes, including some options across institutions.
  • Interested students should approach relevant possible supervisors at any of our partner institutions to discuss their proposed research projects in the first instance; alternatively, interested students should contact a representative within the relevant department:

Psychosocial studies

  • Pathway leader: Margarita Palacios
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  • Psychosocial Studies is a new interdisciplinary field that is concerned with the interconnections between individual subjectivities, group identities, and historical and contemporary social and political formations. Its distinctive approach to research draws on a range of critical frameworks including psychoanalytic theory, social theory, feminist and queer theory, cultural and post-colonial studies and qualitative psychosocial methodologies.
  • Research interests lie in interdisciplinary areas such as:
    • violence, state violence and war
    • intimacy, parenting, care, friendship and love
    • learning and higher education
    • human rights, citizenship and social movements
    • embodiment
    • communities and collective life
    • ‘race’ and racism
    • empire and postcoloniality
    • religion and diaspora
    • gender and sexuality
    • youth and ageing
    • mental health and psychotherapy
  • The Psychosocial training route is based at Birkbeck, University of London. Students take two compulsory core ‘methods’ modules, Intermediate Quantitative Social Research and Qualitative Social Research plus two further modules from the discipline-specific masters programmes in Psychosocial Studies or Psychoanalytic Studies. As part of their subject-specific Psychosocial Studies training, students will also participate in the Psychosocial Studies Research Methods course that provides a systematic introduction to psychosocial methodologies (including archival research methods, narrative analysis, discourse analysis and ethnography as well as ethics training).
  • These modules will all be taken in year 1 of the 1+3 mode (years 1 and 2 of part time study). Students who have already completed a Masters and are accepted onto the +3 mode will still be expected to take the Psychosocial Studies Research Methods course in their first year, and will be encouraged to audit appropriate modules from available programmes.
  • Potential PhD students should apply by 1 December 2016 to the department of Psychosocial Studies at BIrkbeck; however. there is range of possible inter-institutional supervisory arrangements with UEL and UCL.
  • Selected applicants will then have the opportunity to complete the DTP application process by 3 February 2017.

Sociology

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  • Sociology in the UCL, Bloomsbury and East London DTP is highly innovative and unusual, embracing a range of sociological perspectives and particularly emphasising interdisciplinary social research. Its strengths lie in its wide thematic reach; its innovative and rigorous qualitative methodologies; its global outlook; and its commitment to ‘critical’, theory-building research.
  • At both Birkbeck and UEL there has been ground-breaking sociological research utilising psychoanalytically informed methods and working with narrative and discourse, which has led to the emerging field of psychosocial studies. Sociology in the DTP draws primarily on work at Birkbeck and UEL, although extensive sociological research elsewhere (UCL, SOAS) means that there are considerable joint supervision possibilities.
  • The sociology training routes are based at Birkbeck and UEL.
    • The Birkbeck training route involves two compulsory core methods modules, Intermediate Quantitative Social Research and Qualitative Social Research, plus two further sociological modules from the wide range of Master’s programmes in the Departments of Psychosocial Studies or Geography, Environment and Development Studies.
    • The UEL routes rest on a common core of Qualitative and Quantitative Social Research Methods modules, which parallel Birkbeck modules, alongside core Refugee Studies modules, with options from Arts and Digital Industries and Social Sciences School masters.
  • Supervision for +3 students will also be able to draw in staff working in Media.
  • At both Birkbeck and UEL, the required modules will all be taken in year 1 of the 1+3 mode (years 1 and 2 of part-time study). All formal teaching at Birkbeck and much at UEL is in the evening, making this provision highly suited to part-time students.
  • Potential PhD students should apply first (by 1 December 2016) to the department of their choice using the normal application procedure. Eligible departments at Birkbeck are:
  • At UEL the relevant departments are in the:
    • School of Social Science
    • School of Arts and Digital Industries
  • Selected applicants will then have the opportunity to complete the DTP application process by 3 February 2017.