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.


Are certain characters – stereotypes – in Agatha Christie’s novels more or less likely to be murderers than others?

100 years after The Mysterious Affair at Styles was first published, James Jackson tells us about his statistical analysis of her novels

My PhD has always been a bit unusual

Read about Judit’s life after submitting her PhD

Liverpool Fashion Summit

Julia Marcet Alonso’s blogpost on the Liverpool Fashion Summit, which took place online in September

Methods North West Methods Sessions 2020

Methods North West will be running a series of short, online Methods Sessions between July – December 2020, delivered by experts in their fields. A full list of sessions can be found here: https://nwssdtp.ac.uk/about/methods-north-west/methods-sessions-2020/

New sessions are still being added, so do keep checking back!

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