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PhD Opportunities at CCSR

The CCSR is always on the lookout for high quality PhD students. Our aim is to ensure that students develop advanced research and project management skills. The skills you gain can lead to employment in research and teaching in the university sector as well as positions in government and in private sector research and policy making.

PhD students who gain a position at the CCSR become highly valued members of the research centre and we strive to provide a supportive and stimulating environment for study. We have a specially designated PhD room providing an office environment for our students to work from. Our Graduate courses are formally recognised by the Economic and Social Research Council (1+3 and +3 schemes) and we have recently been awarded a regional Doctoral Training Centre Status.

What topic?

We welcome research proposals across a broad range of research areas. Our unifying specialism is a commitment to supervising research topics that apply advanced and cutting edge research methods to contemporary research issues. Many of our PhD students benefit from joint concurrent supervision with specialists from both within the CCSR as well as from other disciplines within the School of Social Science or from other Schools within the University.

Substantively, we are particularly interested in research proposals that relate to our following areas of expertise (Please click on the link for further information):

You are also encouraged to browse our list of supervisors to identify synergies between your research interests and those of our current staff profile.

PhD students are highly valued members of the research centre and we strive to provide a supportive and stimulating environment for study. Our Graduate courses are formally recognised by the Economic and Social Research Council (1+3 and +3 schemes).

How to apply

Potential PhD applicants are required to have a good first degree (first or upper second) in either a social science subject or statistics. Exceptional candidates from other backgrounds will also be considered. If you are interested in doing a PhD at the CCSR, please contact our director of postgraduate training: Mark Tranmer .

Funding Update 2012: Social Statistics and CCSR have a number of PhD studentships available for 2012. The University of Manchester, along with the Universities of Liverpool and Lancaster, are currently guaranteed a total of 63 postgraduate studentships per annum as a result of our new regional Doctoral Training Centre Status. These prestigious, and highly competitive, awards include fees, an annual stipend as well as an allowance for research expenses.

 

Advanced Quantitative Methods Studentships:

Applicants with an interest in conducting their research using advanced quantitative methods (AQM) will benefit from a targeted funding stream, there will be a minimum of 10 of these studentships per annum. This funding stream offers successful applicants the same benefits as a standard studentship though with an additional stipend of £3,000 per annum. AQM studentships are open to all students regardless of country of origin. Students who are interested in applying sophisticated statistical analyses to their research questions are likely to be eligible for the AQM funding stream. Further details on what consistutes AQM can be found here.

The deadline for these funded studenthips is the 1st of March 2012.

 

Students interested in applying should contact Mark Tranmer well before this deadline to ensure you have sufficient time to prepare a competitive proposal and application.

 

Formal applications can be made on-line at http://www.socialsciences.manchester.ac.uk/postgraduate/

or by mail (forms available from Vicky Barnes who administers our postgraduate admissions).

Useful links

list of supervisors and potential topic areas

Being a PhD student at CCSR.

The MSc Social Research Methods and Statistics.

Copy of our Postgrad Brochure

PhD Student Handbook

University of Manchester CCSR