Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

South West Doctoral Training Partnership (SWDTP)

Formally South West Doctoral Training Centre (SWDTC)

Professor Sally Barnes talks about the South West Doctoral Training Centre.

Together with the Universities of Bristol and Exeter (with the University of Plymouth and the University of West of England as pockets of excellence), we have formed one of the UK’s largest Centres of postgraduate research training for social scientists: the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) accredited South West Doctoral Training Partnership (SWDTP).

This builds on the extremely successful ESRC-funded South West Doctoral Training Centre (SWDTC) which commenced with the 2011/12 academic year and we are about to recruit its final cohort for 2016/17.

The Centre draws together the established research excellence of more than 770 academic and research staff at the three institutions.

Research training pathways

The SWDTP delivers a number of research training pathways. Each pathway comprises two parts: a one-year MRes course, followed by the three-year PhD research degree (known as the ‘1’ and the ‘+3’ stages respectively).

Discipline-specific pathways (as part of the SWDTP)

Pathway 1 Stage: Masters of Research +3 Stage: Doctor of Philosophy
Area and Development Studies MRes International Development Social & Policy Sciences PhD
Economics MRes Economics Economics PhD
Education MRes Education Education PhD
Management & Business Studies MRes Management Management PhD
Political Science & International Studies MRes Politics & International Studies Politics, Languages & International Studies PhD
Psychology MRes Psychology Psychology PhD
Social Policy MRes Social Policy Social & Policy Sciences PhD
Social Work MRes Social Work Social & Policy Sciences PhD

Interdisciplinary (SWDTP collaborative) pathways

Pathway Description 1 Stage: Masters of Research +3 Stage: Doctor of Philosophy
Advanced Quantitative Methods Whilst based in the Department of Social & Policy Sciences, this interdisciplinary pathway can include subject areas across the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences and the School of Management. MRes Advanced Quantitative Methods in Social Sciences PhD Advanced Quantitative Methods in Social Sciences
Global Political Economy Whilst based in the Department of Social & Policy Sciences, this interdisciplinary pathway can include subject areas across the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences and the School of Management. MRes Global Political Economy PhD Global Political Economy
Health and Wellbeing Whilst based in the Department for Health, this interdisciplinary pathway can include subject areas across the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences and the School of Management. MRes Health and Wellbeing PhD Health and Wellbeing
Security Conflict and Human Rights Whilst based in the Department of Social & Policy Sciences, this interdisciplinary pathway can include subject areas across the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences and the School of Management. MRes Security, Conflict and Human Rights PhD Security, Conflict and Human Rights
Sustainable Futures Whilst based in the Department of Psychology, this interdisciplinary pathway can include subject areas across the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences and the School of Management. MRes Sustainable Futures PhD Sustainable Futures

Apply for a SWDTP Pathway

To be considered for any of the Discipline or Interdisciplinary Pathways (either 1 + 3 or +3) you should first apply for the appropriate PhD following instruction on how to apply for a research degree.

Information on available studentships can be found in the funding section. If you have any further queries then please contact us.