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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 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 training attached to your chosen PhD programme, if you do not already hold a Master's qualification recognised by the ESRC.

HOW TO APPLY 

ESRC UBEL applications for 2022/23 entry are now open.

Deadline for UBEL preliminary applications: Monday 10 January 2022.

If you would like to apply for ESRC UBEL funding for postgraduate research studies at Birkbeck, please read the following sections.

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 named below.

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 so they can provide you with information about how to apply via your chosen pathway.

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: Applicants are advised to be in discussion with prospective supervisors by early December, and must apply to Birkbeck by Monday 13 December 2021 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:
    • Applicants are advised to be in discussion with prospective supervisors by early December, and must apply to Birkbeck by Monday 13 December 2021 in order to be considered for this pathway.

ECONOMICS 

  • We have exceptionally strong and complementary expertise in the field of economics and finance.
  • Find out more about the UBEL economics pathway
  • Birkbeck pathway lead:
  • Birkbeck internal deadlineApplicants are advised to be in discussion with prospective supervisors by early December, and must apply to Birkbeck by Monday 13 December 2021 in order to be considered for this pathway.

GENDER AND SEXUALITY

  • We offer particular expertise in the areas of gender and: 
    • international development 
    • law 
    • media and cultural studies 
    • psychosocial studies 
    • sociology. 
  • Find out more about the UBEL gender and sexuality pathway
  • Contact:
  • Birkbeck internal deadlineApplicants are advised to be in discussion with prospective supervisors by early December, and must apply to Birkbeck by Monday 13 December 2021 in order to be considered for this pathway.

HEALTH AND WELLBEING

  • We offer particular expertise and interests in: 
    • health and well-being in the family
    • lived experience of health and illness
    • resilience in breast cancer
    • health psychology
    • quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods.
  • Find out more about the UBEL health and wellbeing pathway
  • ContactJonathan Smith 
  • Potential candidates for this pathway at Birkbeck must have made contact with a suitable supervisor and with the Birkbeck pathway lead Jonathan Smith by Monday 13 December 2021.

HUMAN GEOGRAPHY

LAW AND CRIMINOLOGY

LINGUISTICS

  • With an emphasis on interdisciplinary methods, we seek to understand the nature and functions of language and communication in real-life contexts through rigorous, critical examination. 
  • Find out more about the UBEL linguistics pathway
  • Contact:
  • Birkbeck internal deadline: Applicants are advised to be in discussion with prospective supervisors by early December, and must apply to Birkbeck by Monday 13 December 2021 in order to be considered for this pathway.

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.
  • 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 deadlineApplicants are advised to be in discussion with prospective supervisors by early December, and must apply to Birkbeck by Monday 13 December 2021 in order to be considered for this pathway.
  • Contact:

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

  • This is an interdisciplinary field drawing on critical frameworks to study the interconnections between individual subjectivities, group identities and historical and contemporary social and political formations. 
  • Find out more about the UBEL psychosocial studies pathway
  • Contact:
  • Birkbeck internal deadlineApplicants are advised to be in discussion with prospective supervisors by early December, and must apply to Birkbeck by Monday 13 December 2021 in order to be considered for this pathway.

SOCIOLOGY

  • We have a range of sociological perspectives, emphasising interdisciplinarity, wide thematic reach, innovative and rigorous methodologies, global outlook and a commitment to critical, theory-building research. 
  • Find out more about the UBEL sociology pathway
  • Contact:
  • Birkbeck internal deadlineApplicants are advised to be in discussion with prospective supervisors by early December, and must apply to Birkbeck by Monday 13 December 2021 in order to be considered for this pathway.