Midlands Graduate School ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership


The University of Nottingham has joined forces with five 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.

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:



Studentships include paid home/EU tuition fees and an annual tax-free stipend (£14,777 in 2018/19). These are restricted to home students only, though EU students can apply for a fees only award. International students may be eligible to apply to the economics pathway. Please see the Midlands Graduate School website for full eligibility criteria.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements will depend on award length. For 1+3 awards, candidates should have a 2:1 degree or higher in a relevant discipline. For +3 awards, candidates will need to show masters-level qualification in core research methods. Please refer to the guidance notes (PDF) for further infromation.

How to apply

Applications are open for collaborative and joint studentships starting in October 2019.

Applications for pathway-specific studentships are now closed. Please visit the pathway pages for further information.


This online prospectus 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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