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:

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

Entry requirements will depend on award length.

  • For 1+3 awards, you should have a 2:1 degree or higher in a relevant discipline
  • For +3 awards, you will need to show masters-level qualification in core research methods

To find out which award length is right for you, read the guidance notes on the Midlands Graduate School website.

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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