PhD Studentships in Social, Political and Geographical Sciences PhD

Entry requirements:
3 years
not available
Reference number:
Start date:
01 October 2018
Is funding available?
UK/EU fees:
International fees:
Application deadline:
28 February 2018



of research classed as 'internationally recgonised'

REF 2014


in the UK for Geography

The Complete University Guide 2018

Top 20

in the UK for Geography

Guardian University Guide 2018


Loughborough University is a top-ten rated university in England for research intensity (REF2014) and an outstanding 66% of the work of Loughborough’s academic staff who were eligible to be submitted to the REF was judged as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’, compared to a national average figure of 43%.

In choosing Loughborough for your research, you’ll work alongside academics who are leaders in their field. You will benefit from comprehensive support and guidance from our Doctoral College, including tailored careers advice, to help you succeed in your research and future career. 

Project detail

Applications are invited for up to six fully funded studentships in the School of Social, Political and Geographical Sciences at Loughborough University.

Internationally renowned for its research excellence, the University has a vibrant research student community of around 1200 students supported by a £6 million annual investment. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, every department was found to be undertaking research that is internationally recognised, with many regarded as ‘world leading’. The University is comfortably ranked in the top 20 of all major UK university league tables and was voted The Times Higher Education ‘Best Student Experience’ in England for the past six years. Social Science is listed in the top 100 THES 2018 world university rankings.

The School comprises the Departments of Geography (physical and human), Politics, History and International Relations and Social Sciences (Communication and Media Studies; Criminology and Social Policy; Social Psychology; Sociology). It is a partner in the Central England NERC Training Alliance (CENTA) for doctoral training and the Midlands Graduate School ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership.

The studentships are central to developing and sustaining the School’s research strengths in Communication and cultures; Migration, identities and governance; Environmental processes and management; Families, young people and children; and Democracy, crisis and security. We are keen to recruit students to areas recognised as world-leading in REF 2014, including political communication; conversation analysis; social theory; nationalism and migration; climate change, sedimentology; the geography of globalisation; crime and victimisation; social exclusion and poverty; European comparative politics; and children and families.

You must contact the School/Department before submission to discuss your proposal. Research studentships should relate to SSPGS staff expertise. As a research student you will be provided with research skills training and support from internationally recognised academics.

Find out more

For further project details email Audrey Pridmore/Deirdre Lombard or register your interest and ask us a question.

To find out more about the School of Social, Political and Geographical Sciences, please visit our website.

Entry Requirements

Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in the major discipline of their research field (Geography/Politics/Social Science or a related subject. A relevant Master’s degree will be an advantage.

Applicants must meet the minimum English Language requirements, details available on the website.

Fees and funding


Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessment and operating University facilities such as the library, IT equipment and other support services. University fees and charges can be paid in advance and there are several methods of payment, including online payments and payment by instalment. Special arrangements are made for payments by part-time students.

The studentships are open to UK/EU graduates with backgrounds in relevant disciplines and who are articulate, well qualified and highly motivated. The studentship provides a tax free stipend of £14,553 per annum for the duration of the studentship plus tuition fees at the UK/EU rate. International (non EU) students may apply however the total value of the studentship will be used towards the cost of the International tuition fee in the first instance. Studentships are for three years and all candidates will be expected to register for 1st October 2018.

How to apply

All applications should be made online.  Under programme name, select Social, Political and Geographical Sciences   

Please quote reference number: SSPGS/OCT18

Application details

Reference number: SSPGS/OCT18
Application deadline: 28 February 2018
Start date: 01 October 2018
Interview date: TBC