Midlands Graduate School ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership

The University of Nottingham has joined forces with seven other universities across the Midlands to form the Midlands Graduate School ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership.

Welcoming its first cohort in 2017, the partnership offers postgraduate studentships across the full breadth of social sciences. The Partnership was renewed in 2023 and awarded further funding from ESRC to recruit and train Social Scientists of the future.

Programme overview

Nottingham is a world-class research institution and ESRC-funded students benefit from training in a wide range of social science research methods and skills, as well as broader capabilities such as communication and leadership.

Opportunities are available across the following training pathways at the University:

Collaborative and Joint Studentships

We also offer a number of Collaborative and Joint Studentships involving research or other activities with external public, private or third sector organisations.

Full details for each project, application deadlines and how to apply are on the Midlands Graduate School website.


Studentships include home tuition fees and an annual tax-free stipend at UKRI rates. Find out more about the UKRI doctoral stipend.

Applicants who are classed as international for fees purposes may apply. See the Midlands Graduate School website for full eligibility criteria.

Entry requirements

  • A good honours degree at 1st or 2.1 level.
  • Applications are welcome from all, regardless of academic background, however For applicants who are applying from undergraduate studies or doing a ‘discipline shift’, a Masters in Social Science Research (MSSR) will be completed before progressing onto the PhD.
  • Direct entry to the PhD will be possible for applicants who have already completed a Social Science Masters. The content of your Masters will be assessed at application stage to determine the duration of ESRC funding to be awarded.

How to apply

Applications for open, joint or collaborative studentships should be made directly to the Midlands Graduate School.

You will also need to apply directly to the University of Nottingham. Full details can be found on the Midlands Graduate School website.


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This information has been drafted in advance of the academic year to which it applies. Every effort has been made to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content) are likely to occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for the course where there has been an interval between you reading this website and applying.


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