How to Apply

Competition for ESRC Studentships is now OPEN. The submission deadline for applications is Monday 29th January 2018 AT 4.00PM

Soc-B studentships are based across social and biological science departments in three centres of excellence in biosocial research: UCL, University of Manchester and University of Essex. Soc-B PhD studentships are four-year (+4) studentships with the first year spent in project rotations and biosocial training before selecting a PhD research topic for years 2-4.Soc-B CDT Application Form

Applicants are expected to have a First Class or Upper Second Class Bachelor’s degree and/or a Master’s degree (preferably with a merit or distinction) in a social or biological science. Candidates must apply to only one of the three participating Soc-B institutions (University College London, University of Manchester or University of Essex).

Please note: You must be ‘ordinarily resident’ in the UK for the three years prior to the start of the studentship in order to qualify for a full award. EU residents may be considered for fee only awards.

To apply, please fill out the Soc-B CDT Application Form and submit to  by Monday 29 January 2018 4:00pm.

Completed applications will include

For more details regarding supervisory support at each institution, please check our supervisors pages, under the People section.

*University of Essex also have more details about their Soc-B’s doctoral programmes on their website here:

*University of Manchester too have more details about Soc-B’s doctoral opportunities here:

For further advice or guidance please contact one of the Soc-B CDT Director: Professor Yvonne Kelly (