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.


Sustainable Lifestyle and Carbon Emissions: Presenting at the Departmental Seminar

Ting Liu discusses how she overcame nerves to present at a departmental seminar. The positive responses boosted her confidence – read the full blog.

Generation Delta

One of our Bending Boundaries podcast hosts discusses the benefits of attending a recent Generation Delta workshop. Read Meghan’s full blog.

Overseas Institutional Visit:  OIV to the University of British Colombia

Considering an OIV? Read about Matthew Perry’s experience of visiting Vancouver and how it aligned with his research.

Bending Boundaries Podcast: PhDs that move beyond the rules of academia

Join Seren, Ebru and Meghan as they discuss their experiences of doing their PhDs, as people who are part of groups who often aren’t seen, heard and celebrated in academia. With monthly guests, they encourage visibility, and acceptance of the intersectional layers of our identities within academic research and the PhD process.

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