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The North West Doctoral Training Centre holds an annual Studentship Competition for postgraduate funding.

The largest in England, the North West Doctoral Training Centre comprises the Universities of Lancaster, Liverpool and Manchester and offers studentships across the full range of social sciences through its nineteen pathways. It contributes to the nationwide development of specific research areas such as Business and Management, Language Based Area Studies and Economics and also focuses on the development of Advanced Quantitative Methods across the social sciences. There is strong and growing emphasis on interdisciplinary and cross-institutional projects, fostered by the NWDTC's methodological training centre, Methods NorthWest.

There are a number of programmes eligible for consideration. For more information please see the pathways web pages.

A masters is not a prerequisite for studying at the NWDTC.  A range of training programmes are available based on an assessment of the applicant’s prior learning and training needs.  All studentships can be offered on a full or part time basis.


The competition for October 2016 entry is now open. The deadline for applications is the 1st February 2016. Please find the application guidelines and form below:

Please ensure you read the guidelines fully prior to completing the application form. Please submit a completed Equal Opportunities Monitoring form with your application form.

Students will need to apply separately to the institution of their choice for admission:

Students will normally have been offered a place at one of the three NWDTC institutions on one of the programmes eligible for NWDTC funding prior to submitting their Standard Studentship Funding Application to the NWDTC. However, Studentship Applications will be accepted from students who have submitted their institutional application but have yet to receive a formal offer, providing that such an offer has been made by the time of the Studentship Allocation meeting.

Please consider the document below if you believe that your project may employ Advanced Quantitative Methods (AQM)

If you have any queries about your application please contact the NWDTC Administrator Hayley Meloy:

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