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 across the full breadth 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 pathways at the University:

  • Applied Linguistics
  • Area Studies     
  • Digital Society
  • Economic and Social History
  • Economics
  • Education
  • Mental Health and Wellbeing
  • Management and Business Studies
  • Political Science and International Relations
  • Psychology
  • Social Policy and Social Work
  • Socio-legal Studies
  • Sociology



Studentships include paid home/EU tuition fees and an annual tax-free stipend (£14,553 in 2017/18). 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

Honours degree, upper-second-class or higher, or a masters in a relevant discipline. 

How to apply

Applications are now open. The deadline for applications is 18th January 2018 (for October 2018 start)

Visit the Midlands Graduate School DTP website to find out more.


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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