O VERVIEW OF THIS AFTERNOON Doing a PhD in Manchester Social Sciences. A view from current students
D OING A P H D A PhD is: A concentrated, extensive, intensive program of research. Applied training in research skills in a particular discipline. The first step on an academic career. An entry badge for an academic/research career. An apprenticeship. A qualification!
W HAT DOES IT TAKE TO DO A P H D Excellent research skills. An appetite for learning/curiosity. The capacity for independent thought and work. The capacity to persist in the face of difficulties. A willingness to work hard. A good relationship with one’s supervisor.
W HAT DO S OCIAL S CIENCE P H D STUDENTS DO ? Read a lot Write a lot Collect Research Data Analyse Research Data Theorise Present their work Network Publish Teach Learn
W HY DO A P H D? Intellectual Challenge Want an academic/research career Want a (better) job
E MPLOYMENT DATA Academic Research Other professional Non- professional Unemployed Other inactive Unknown Total Positive /Known Anthropology151410000746100.0% Econmics281223000770100.0% Social Stats222201012896.3% Sociology24168011247496.0% Philosophy53320021584.6% Politics5214133011710095.2% Social Change02000024100.0% SOSS12683595226033796.8%
B AD R EASONS FOR DOING A P H D Carry on with the student life Don’t know what else to do Seems like an easy option
T HE S OCIAL S CIENCE P ROGRAMS Economics PhD Philosophy PhD Politics PhD Social Anthropology PhD Social Anthropology with Visual Media PhD Social Statistics PhD Sociology PhD Applied Social Research PhD
C ONSIDER I NTERDISCIPLINARITY Some research problems such interdisciplinary approaches. You can be co-supervised by academics from different disciplines. Funders like interdisciplinarity! Some combinations we have seen: Sociology & Social Stats. Politics &Philosophy Politics & Economics Economics & Health, Econ & Environment, Econ and Development Studies Latin American Studies and Anthropology; Anthropology, Media and Performance (with Drama)
F UNDING School and discipline Studentships (17) President’s Doctoral Scholars (PDS) studentships (5 expected) NWDTC studentships (0-64) Standard Economics AQM CASE EPSRC studentships (0-3) Grant Linked Studentships
W HAT IS THE NWDTC? The North West Doctoral Training College (DTC) is a quasi independent virtual organisation which funds 64+ social science PhD studentships per year with ESRC funding. A consortium of three universities: Manchester Lancaster Liverpool Has a methods training arm methodsNW which runs regional training events throughout the year
W HAT D OES X+Y MEAN ? +3: Three years of funding a three year funded PhD programme 1+3: 4 years of funding. A 1 year taught masters followed a three year PhD Program 2+2: Fours years of funding within economics only A two year MRes followed by a two year PhD program
F UNDING DTC standard studentships (0-50, realistically about 8-10) £14210 stipend Fees paid £750 research training grant 1+3 or +3 Home only
F UNDING DTC AQM (up to 10, realistically about 4-5) £17210 stipend Fees paid £1000 Research training grant +3 or 2+2 or 1+3 Home or overseas
F UNDING DTC Economics (>=3) studentships £17210 stipend Fees paid £1000 Research training grant 1+2 or 2+2 Home or overseas
F UNDING PDS studentships (5),school and DA studentships (17) £14210/£17210 stipend Fees paid £750/£1000 Research training grant +3 (or 1+2) only Home or overseas (but only home fees)
F UNDING Philosophy AHRC award (1) £13283 stipend Fees paid RTSG +3/1+3
F UNDING EPSRC Awards (up to 3 realistically 1-2); have to be related to one of the EPSRC themes: Digital economy Energy Living With Environmental Change (LWEC) Global uncertainties Healthcare technologies Engineering Information and communication technologies (ICT) Manufacturing the future Mathematical sciences Physical sciences Quantum technologies Research infrastructure
F UNDING EPSRC Awards (up to 3 realistically 1-2) ~£14000 stipend Fees paid 1000 Research training grant +3 only Home or overseas (but only home fees)
DA ENHANCED STUDENTSHIP AWARDS DA Based funds Can fund the difference between home and overseas Or occasionally used to top up exceptional applicants
P ROJECT L INKED STUDENTSHIPS Privacy and big data Contact firstname.lastname@example.org Accounting for Informative Item Nonresponse in Hierarchical Linked Data Contact email@example.com Beyond numbers: do immigrant-origin MPs speak for immigrant-origin minorities in the UK Parliament? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
F UNDING SUMMARY We have multiple sources of funding for studentships About 35-50 in total Some programme specific Some home only some overseas or home Some +3 (or 1+2) only some also 1+3 to 2+2
T O APPLY FOR FUNDING On your application form there is a section for funding. You should indicate each source of funding you are interested in: School this is sufficient to apply PSA this is sufficient to apply DTC a separate application will be necessary AHRC DTP a separate application will be necessary
T IMETABLE F OR A PPLICATIONS Deadline for programme applications into the school via the on-line applications system. Anthropology 19 th January 2015 ASR 19 th January 2015 Economics for DTC awards 19 th January 2015 Economics for DA awards 30 th April 2015 Philosophy: 19 th Jnauary 2015 Politics: 15 th December 2014 Social Statistics 19 th January 2015 Sociology 19 th January 2015
T IMETABLE F OR A PPLICATIONS Deadline for applications to the DTC via: http://www.nwdtc.ac.uk/prospective.html. http://www.nwdtc.ac.uk/prospective.html 3 rd February 2015 Deadline for applications to the AHRC DTP via: ????? Deadline for applications to EPSRC 3rd February 2015 If you have your own source of funding then you could apply at any time.
T IMETABLE By 15th February: Applicants informed if they have been awarded a place on the programme. By 28th March: Applicants informed if they have been awarded a funded studentship. Exception Economics Da awards.
W HAT DO YOU NEED TO APPLY Application form 2 referees A research proposal
W HAT IS A R ESEARCH P ROPOSAL ? A document which outlines the Why, What and How of a proposed programme of research. What is the field in which the proposed research is located? What is the research questions? Why are these questions interesting? How will the research be carried out?
W HAT DOES A GOOD RESEARCH PROPOSAL LOOK LIKE ? The language should be precise and concise. Proposal length is 1500 words. The proposal should demonstrate the curiosity and independence of thought that will be required. The “How” question is important – if you don’t know how you are going to go about your research then that will not inspire confidence in the reviewers.
N EXT STEPS. Attend your DA recruitment event. It helps if you have some idea about: Research Topic. Research questions. Methods. Your DA’s will identify a potential supervisor (assuming there is one).
NEXT STEPS: DA SESSIONS After this event Breakout groups 3.205 Economics 3.211 Sociology 3.212 Social Anthropology 3.213 Social Statistics and Applied Social Research 3.214 Politics and Philosophy
N EXT STEPS. Draft your proposal and send it to your potential supervisor for feedback. Revise your proposal (possibly in consultation with your proposed supervisor) and then submit your application!