Leeds Social Sciences Institute

The White Rose DTP at Leeds

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About the DTP

The White Rose Social Sciences Doctoral Training Partnership, accredited by the Economic and Social Research Council in 2016, is a collaboration across the social sciences at the Universities of Leeds, Sheffield, York, Bradford, Sheffield Hallam, Hull, and Manchester Metropolitan.

By combining the experience of the White Rose Universities (Leeds, Sheffield, and York) previously involved in the White Rose Doctoral Training Centre (DTC) with the new partners (Bradford, Sheffield Hallam, Hull, and Manchester Metropolitan), WRDTP will deliver excellent supervision, first class discipline and cutting-edge interdisciplinary research and transferable skills training, and a world-class intellectual environment for postgraduate research students. It will enable PhD students to participate in local, national and international networks of non-academic partners, opinion formers, policy makers, as well as leading academics.

The WRDTP aims to produce doctoral graduates with outstanding skills and flexibility, with the imagination to tackle the thorniest challenges confronting the social sciences.

Like the WRDTC, the WRDTP will offer a range of scholarships across core disciplines and interdisciplinary areas, meaning greater scope for ground-breaking research projects. PhD researchers will have access to national and international networks of industrial partners, opinion formers, policy makers and academics, enabling us to produce doctoral graduates with outstanding skills and flexibility.

Some of the activities offered or supported by the WRDTP are:

•Training courses, seminars, and workshops
•Pathway specific and interdisciplinary activities
•Networking events
•Knowledge exchange and research impact
•Collaborative links to organisations in the private, public and third sector

It is important to note that currently, all social sciences PGRs, regardless of their source of funding, are considered to be part of the White Rose DTP and are invited to take advantage of training opportunities and events. Occasionally, there are opportunities available only to ESRC-funded students, and it is clearly specified when this is the case.

The main point of information on policies and upcoming events is the WRDTP website at the address http://wrdtp.ac.uk/.

Updated November 2017

Who we are

Schools and faculties involved in the Social Sciences at Leeds

Social science disciplines at Leeds are spread out in four different Faculties. The Schools involved are:

Structure and Roles

– Pathways

There seven thematic Pathways in the DTP. Each of the training pathways offers a variety of opportunities for students to get involved in, for example: research seminars given by invited guests, attend advanced training courses, short course, day schools, summer schools and network with other students. The seven Pathways are:

1. Cities, Environment, and Liveability (CEL)
2. Security, Conflict, and Justice (SCJ)
3. Education, Childhood, and Youth (ECY)
4. Data, Communication, and New Technologies (DCT)
5. Wellbeing, Health, and Communities (WHC)
6. Sustainable Growth, Management, and Economic Productivity (SMP)
7. Civil Society, Development, and Democracy (CDD)

Each Pathway has a Pathway director and deputy director. The Pathway directors coordinate activities within the Pathway. For a detailed role description and contact of Pathway leaders please see the dedicated page on the WRDTP website.

– The Academic Quality Committee

The White Rose DTP is managed by an Academic Quality Committee (AQC), which consists of members from the seven partner institutions.

– Contacts

The Academic Lead for the White Rose DTP at Leeds is Stuart Lister (School of Law).

The DTP at Leeds is supported by a coordinator, Vicky Burrett.

Queries relating to studentships are dealt with by Shirley Yeadon in the Scholarships Office, who is the ESRC nominated contact for the University of Leeds

Studentships 2018-19

ESRC WRDTP Studentships at the University of Leeds 2018-19

As a partner of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) White Rose Social Sciences Doctoral Training Partnership (WRDTP), the University of Leeds is pleased to offer a number of fully-funded research studentship opportunities in social sciences.

The WRDTP is one of 14 Doctoral Training Partnerships to be accredited by the ESRC in recognition of its strengths in postgraduate research training and development. These highly prestigious studentships and will be awarded on academic merit, allowing successful applicants to commence their studies in October 2018.

Studentship applications are invited within the following thematic pathway areas:

  • Cities, Environment, and Liveability
  • Security, Conflict, and Justice
  • Education, Childhood, and Youth
  • Data, Communication, and New Technologies
  • Wellbeing, Health, and Communities
  • Sustainable Growth, Management, and Economic Productivity
  • Civil Society, Development, and Democracy

In addition to these Pathway awards, we welcome applications for Advanced Quantitative Methods (AQM) studentships from applicants who expect to use AQM in their research project.

Successful candidates will join a diverse and vibrant community of postgraduate researchers studying social sciences across the University. The University has an internationally excellent reputation for the provision of doctoral training and education, and provides outstanding facilities and support for postgraduate researchers.

A key part of the University’s mission is to tackle some of the important societal challenges currently facing the world through interdisciplinary work, enabling greater knowledge exchange and research opportunities and impact within and beyond the social sciences. Details of our world leading research centres can be found on the websites of each of our academic departments.

The awards

All awards are available as either three year PhD (+3) or four year MA + PhD (1+3) studentships, depending on the level of research training already achieved, on a full-time or part-time basis. Whilst these awards are in the main only available to nationals from the UK and EU, a small number of AQM awards are open to applicants paying fees at the international rate.

Full awards (for eligible candidates) provide fees and maintenance at standard Research Council rates (£14,533 in Session 2017/18). EU applicants are normally eligible for a fees only award, unless they have been resident in the UK for a full 3 years immediately preceding the start date of the award. AQM awards include an enhanced stipend of £3,000 per annum for full-time (+3 award) PhD study.

Timescales and how to apply

Candidates for these studentships must firstly apply for a postgraduate research programme to be eligible and then apply separately for the studentship funding awards. Full details about these studentships, including eligibility, regulations and how to apply can be found in this information sheet.

Research programme application deadline: 5pm, 10 January 2018
Studentship application deadline: 5pm 24 January 2018

Prospective candidates should contact departments directly for more information:


ESRC CDT – Data Analytics and Society

Centre for Doctoral Training in Data Analytics and Society

16 funded PhD positions are available for 2018 in the ESRC Centre for Data Analytics and Society at the Universities of Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester and Sheffield.

The CDT will encourage significant advances which bring together social science with methods from computing, mathematics and the natural sciences.

This is an exciting opportunity to undertake a 4-year funded integrated PhD and MSc in Data Analytics and Society.

The programme will include an integrated MSc in Data Analytics over the first two years which will provide you with the foundation skills to complete your research project.

The Centre will focus on

  • Promoting the creation and analysis of new longitudinal and streamed data resources for socio-economic investigations.
  • Creating new methods (e.g. scaling up existing methods for real time big data analytics),
  • Investigating social processes (e.g. virtualisation of retailing; data-driven decision making and social behaviours)
  • Facilitating interventions (e.g. resource targeting, network planning, social media apps for diet, travel, lifestyle planning).

Projects are available across a range of subject areas including Demographics, Transport, Health, Retail, and Politics. All projects have been developed in conjunction with external organisations and can be seen here – https://datacdt.org/projects/

Visit https://datacdt.org/industry-partners/ for a list of our industrial partners.

For more information about the programme, curriculum, partners involved and the eligibility criteria please visit https://datacdt.org/  or email DataCDT@leeds.ac.uk


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