Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

Postgraduate research opportunities

Before applying for funding

These funding opportunities are for new PhD applicants only. Existing research students of the University of Bath cannot apply.

This process is very competitive, but if you meet the criteria you should not be deterred from applying. It is important that you follow the guidance, and that you develop the strongest case you can.


PhD studentship: Musculoskeletal modelling of bio-mechanical loading in simulated gravity situations for rehabilitation programmes

Applications are invited for a fully-funded full-time 3-year University of Bath and European Space Agency co-funded PhD studentship to support and work in the Department for Health. The student will also be attached to our £10M CAMERA centre.

The deadline for applications is 12.00 noon (GMT), Tuesday 16 January 2018.


Humanities and social sciences funded research projects 2018

Our staff in the University of Bath's Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences have suggested a number of PhD project ideas. The project descriptions are simply starting points for discussion, and it is possible that you and your potential supervisor will end up making changes to what you read online.

There are several sources of funding available for PhDs at Bath, including the South West Doctoral Training Partnership's ESRC studentships, and internal university studentships. All you need to do is indicate on your application that you need funding, and we will steer your application to the most appropriate funding competition.

The deadline for applications is 12.00 noon (GMT) 30 January 2018.



Award Eligibility
ESRC SWDTP Discipline-specific pathways
  • full-time or part-time students
  • Home/EU students only
Note: EU citizens may be eligible to receive tuition fees award only. For the Economics pathway only, international candidates are eligible to apply and can be considered for a full award.
ESRC SWDTP Interdisciplinary collaborative pathways
  • full-time or part-time students
  • for Home/EU students only
Note: EU citizens may be eligible to receive tuition fees award only. For the Advanced Quantities Methods pathway only, international candidates are eligible to apply and can be considered for a full award.
URSA studentships
  • full or part-time time students
  • Home/EU and Overseas students (Overseas candidates may receive a full tuition fee waiver but will not be eligible to receive a full stipend)

Applying for funding

You can apply for a PhD studentship by either developing your own research proposal or applying for a specific project.

Developing your own research proposal

You can develop your own PhD research proposal by working closely with a potential supervisor in an academic department.

The SWDTP has allocated four studentships per annum for projects which include the use of Large Data Sets.

Applying for a specific project

To aid you in the process, some supervisors have identified specific areas they are interested in supervising. These can be found on the Humanities and Social Sciences research projetcs 2018 page.

How to apply
  1. You should contact the lead academic for the project to discuss the opportunity and they will advise if you can apply.
  2. Ensure you meet the entry requirements for a PhD in the relevant department or interdisciplinary stream.
  3. Complete the application form for the relevant department or interdisciplinary stream. You must quote the title of the project and complete a 1,000 word initial research proposal in your application.
  4. ALL applicants applying for funding MUST complete the 'Student Statement Form' and submit this as part of their online application to study by the 30 January, 12 noon GMT, 2018 deadline. You can either cut and paste your 1,000 word research proposal into the 'Student Statement Form' OR adapt it to the specific criteria on the form.

The SWDTP has also identified a number of Cross-Council Remit Studentships.


AHRC South West & Wales Doctoral Training Partnership

The South West and Wales Doctoral Training Partnership (SWW DTP) gives the Arts & Humanities researcher access to the experience and skills that are essential for success, through a consortium of 8 leading Universities across the regions: Bath, Bristol, Aberystwyth, Cardiff, Bath Spa, Exeter, Reading and Southampton. The SWW DTP will be awarding up to 60 doctoral studentships in the Arts and Humanities for entry in September 2018.


Full studentships are open to Home and EU students who have been ordinarily resident in the UK for at least three years prior to the start of the studentship and cover Home/EU tuition fees and a maintenance stipend of £14,553 p.a. (2017/18 rate) for 3.5 years. EU citizens who do not meet the residency requirement may be eligible for a tuition fees only award.

How to apply

Applicants must apply directly to the University of Bath and the SWW DTP.

Applications for 2018/19 entry will open on the 27 November 2017.

The closing date is 11 January 2018.


Ideas for other sources of funding

If you are applying from overseas you can find other funding opportunties for your country.

For help searching for funding externally, view our guide to searching for postgraduate funding or register for the Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding Online.

If you are a prospective student and would like to access the site, you will need to request a PIN. Email studentfundingadvice@bath.ac.uk or call the Student Services Helpdesk on 01225 385538.

Current students can access further information about funding opportunities.