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ESRC NINE DTP: Delivering doctoral training in the social sciences

Northumbria University is proud to be part of the Doctoral Training Programme (DTP) for social sciences funded by the ESRC. This DTP will focus on the provision of exceptional PG social sciences training. The new NINE DTP is an exciting collaboration with six other universities: Newcastle, Durham, Sunderland, Teesside, Queen’s Belfast and Ulster.

At Northumbria we are offering studentship opportunities, across the following interdisciplinary training pathways:

Department of Nursing, Midwifery and Health: Health, Wellbeing & Society

The Health, Wellbeing and Society Pathway at Northumbria is located within the Department of Nursing, Midwifery and Health, providing a vibrant research environment in which more than 80% of research activity is rated as world leading or internationally excellent. The Department offers a strong cross-disciplinary research focus which brings together practitioner researchers and social scientists engaging in health-related research. Examples of areas of significant research activity include integrated health and social care, healthy ageing, health economics, patient safety, implementation science, and military veterans and families health.

We would encourage PhD proposals which aim to examine health and healthcare practices in their widest sense via interdisciplinary approaches which demand integration of practice-led concerns with those of health-related social sciences (including e.g. health economics, health policy, health psychology, medical geography, medical sociology, social gerontology, social epidemiology, sociology, social policy, social work and education). For more information please contact Dr Michael Hill

Department of Social Sciences and Languages: Media & Society

The Media & Society Pathway at Northumbria is located within the Department of Arts which offers a rich research environment for ambitious, cross-disciplinary and intercultural proposals for PhD study. Our Moving Image, Popular Media and Culture researchers are experts in screen media (including film, television, video, social media and their socio-economic histories); theoretical and historical approaches to popular genres (particularly horror and pornography); media audiences and consumption; youth, gender and sexualities; digital inequalities and contemporary media practice and creation.

We encourage PhD proposals which will examine contemporary and/or past media cultures and their intersection with social lives and identities. Proposed projects should push at the boundaries of disciplines to create new ideas and ways of thinking about the significances of media. We provide expert supervision by internationally leading researchers. For more information or to discuss your application please contact Professor Clarissa Smith  


How to apply: application deadline - 20 January 2023

Candidates wishing to apply for a studentship must complete Northumbria's online postgraduate application form and submit that to the University by 4pm on Friday 20 January 2023. Please quote the reference number NINE23/HILL (for Health, Wellbeing and Society) or NINE23/SMITH (for Media and Society) on your application form in the specified field.

For further details of how to apply and entry requirements please visit the NINE DTP website.

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