About Us

Welcome to the North West Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership! The NWSSDTP is a consortium of the Universities of Keele, Lancaster, Liverpool and Manchester. Funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), we support postgraduate studentships and training in the social sciences in the North West.

How to Apply

The North West Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership holds an annual competition for ESRC postgraduate studentship funding. Candidates may apply for funding towards master’s and doctoral study, or doctoral study only. Candidates can opt to study on a full or part-time basis. The competition for Oct 2021 entry will launch in August 2020.

Methods North West

Methods North West provides interdisciplinary and innovative methodological training for researchers across the North West. Methods North West highlights the breadth and depth of methodological expertise in the region, bringing together institutional training initiatives at Keele, Lancaster, Liverpool and Manchester.


Bittersweet: Falconry, behind the glove

Emma Randall talks about attending a falconry course and how it relates to her PhD.

The PhD journey so far

The pandemic has changed many aspects of ‘normal’ life – Sarah Garlick discusses how it impacted her PhD and Viva experience.

MAG Internship

Internships can be a valuable part of the PhD journey. Alex Holder discusses the skills and experience he obtained from his recent placement.

Studentship Competition for 2022 Open!

The NWSSDTP Standard Studentship Competition for October 2022 entry is now open! We welcome applications for 1+3/2+2/2+3 Study (Master’s + PhD) and for +3/+2 Study (PhD Only). We also welcome applications for part-time study.

Details of the award, eligibility criteria and how to apply can be found here: https://nwssdtp.ac.uk/how-to-apply/ 

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