Nottingham ESRC Doctoral Training Programmes

ESRC Doctoral Training at Nottingham

The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) funds a national network of institutional and consortia level Doctoral Training Programmes, through which it funds over 500 new postgraduates each year. This network covers the full disciplinary range of the social sciences as well as areas of interdisciplinary research.

Since welcoming its first cohort in 2011, ESRC Doctoral Training at Nottingham has supported over 200 students to undertake cutting-edge interdisciplinary research that provide insights into some of the world’s biggest challenges.

Nottingham ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership

In 2017 University of Nottingham became a founding member of the ESRC Midlands Graduate School Doctoral Training Partnership (MGS DTP), offering a world-class multidisciplinary environment in which social science research and those undertaking it can flourish. The Partnership was renewed in 2023 and awarded further funding from ESRC to recruit and train Social Scientists of the future. 

We provide dedicated support for academic research in social sciences along with superb teaching, learning and lifestyle facilities for postgraduates, early career researchers and post-doctoral fellows.

World-changing research

The University of Nottingham is a research-intensive university with a global reputation that has yielded major social science breakthroughs in areas such as international human rights law, geospatial technology, ethical business practices, globalisation and economic policy, and citizenship and transnational migration.

Engaging with industry 

The DTP fosters interdisciplinary excellence, improves engagement with external partners and enhances our reputation as a world-changing research university. 

We work with global businesses and regional enterprises to drive innovation into the marketplace and at the heart of everything we do is a commitment to meet the future research needs of society, industry and government.

Benefits of studying with us

  • The ESRC DTP offers a diverse and exciting range of research opportunities.
  • Social scientists are pivotal in improving our understanding of a rapidly changing world, providing new solutions to the key challenges facing contemporary global society.
  • Our graduates are highly sought after by top employers and can consider an extraordinarily wide range of career options.
  • Social scientists build a range of key transferable skills, including excellent communication, research and analysis, problem solving, and strategic planning.

Nottingham ESRC Doctoral Training Programmes

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