9th March 2009

PhD Studentships available:



Three ESRC Quota PhD Studentships in Criminology and/or Sociology – Department of Sociology, University of Surrey

Applications are invited for three ESRC Quota Studentships to commence in October 2009. The awards may be for ‘1+3’, or ‘+3’ for candidates who already hold an ESRC recognised Masters degree. Successful applicants for a ‘1+3’ award will take the MSc in Criminology, Criminal Justice and Social Research, the MSc in Social Research Methods, or the part-time MSc in Social Research.

The Department was ranked joint 6th out of all UK Sociology departments in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise, has a thriving PhD programme, and particular research and teaching strengths in Criminology and Criminal Justice. For further information about the Department, its research and its PhD programme go to http://www.soc.surrey.ac.uk

ESRC full studentships are open to UK residents, EU nationals who have lived in the UK for at least 3 years immediately prior to the award, or non-EU nationals who have been resident in the UK for at least 3 years immediately prior to the award for purposes other than education.

Maintenance grants for all studentships are worth £13,290 per annum (2009-10) and do not attract income tax or national insurance. PhD students also have the opportunity, and are encouraged, to undertake some paid undergraduate teaching in the department. Applicants whose proposals have a strong quantitative focus and wish to gain additional training in advanced quantitative methods, which could include social simulation, will be eligible to apply for an additional ESRC annual stipend of £3,000.

To make an application, go to http://www.soc.surrey.ac.uk/study/studentships2009.html

The closing date for applications is 18th March, 2009


ESRC studentships in The School of Law, 

The University of Manchester

The School of Law in The University of Manchester is pleased to be able to offer two ESRC 1+3 or +3 ‘Quota Studentships’ to commence in October 2009 for those wishing to undertake doctoral research in criminology or socio-legal studies.
The awards cover the costs of University tuition fees, along with a full annual stipend (approximately £13,000 for 2009-2010, which is not subject to income tax or National Insurance deductions). Students wishing to undertake research involving advanced quantitative methods may be eligible for an advanced stipend.

These studentships are for UK and EU applicants who fulfil residency requirements and who have a first class or upper second class degree or equivalent, as a minimum academic requirement. Please refer to the ESRC website (http://www.esrc.ac.uk/ESRCInfoCentre/) for further details of eligibility criteria.

 A 1+3 studentship is divided into two connected parts: the undertaking of the School’s Master of Research (MRes) programme in Criminology & Socio-Legal Studies in the first year of study immediately followed by a three year doctoral programme of independent research.

The +3 studentship is available to prospective doctoral students who have already completed an ESRC-recognised Masters programme.

Applicants should express an interest in these studentships as early as possible in the admissions process.   Informal enquiries can be made to Judith Aldridge, Director of Doctoral Studies in Criminology and Socio-Legal Studies at judith.aldridge@manchester.ac.uk.

How to apply

  1. The first step is to make an application for a place on the School’s PhD programme.  A full application for a place on the PhD programme must be made and received by the School at least two weeks prior to the application deadline for the ESRC studentship (see step 2, below).

The full application is to be comprised of:

* further guidelines are available from the following page from The School of Law website:   http://www.law.manchester.ac.uk/postgraduate/research/apply/index.html

  1. The deadline for studentship applications to be received is Thursday, 19th March 2008.  Full applications for a place on the PhD programme must have been made and received by the School at least two weeks prior to this deadline.  Having already completed step 1 above, you need only send an e-mail to Stephen Wadsworth (stephen.wadsworth@manchester.ac.uk) by this deadline to officially register your candidature for one of the available studentships.  Your studentship application will be considered on the basis of the application documents that you will have already submitted to the School at this stage.
  1. The School will make its decisions on applications for the studentships by the end of March 2009.  Candidates will be informed by e-mail as soon as the outcome of their application is known.
  1. Successful candidates will be required to complete online application forms specifically for the ESRC, and will be given advice and guidance from the School on how to do that.  This will take place in the months of April and May.

If you have any enquiries concerning any point or aspect of the application process, please contact the School’s Postgraduate Administrator, Mr. Stephen Wadsworth (Telephone (0161) 275 7554, E-mail stephen.wadsworth@manchester.ac.uk.