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Apply for a research project in the humanities and social sciences

Join our collaborative and supportive research community, and start your journey to becoming an expert in your field.

Research project ideas

The Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences offers a variety of postgraduate research degrees. Below you will find a list of PhD project ideas that our academic staff have suggested.

If you find a project that interests you, please contact the associated lead academic directly. This person might also be the potential supervisor. Discussing with them the potential project idea before you apply is vital to maximising the strength of your application. We will not be able to consider applications for funding where a potential supervisor has not been named.

The project descriptions below are simply starting points for discussion and intended to help you find a good supervisory match. Any conversations you have with a potential supervisor may lead to developing a more concrete project. They will want to hear your ideas too.

Academic departments projects

Interdisciplinary projects

Several projects are interdisciplinary and may span across more than one department. These projects may be considered just within the University of Bath or within the ESRC South West Doctoral Training Partnership, with joint supervision from the Bath supervisor and a supervisor from another South West university.

  • Advanced Quantitative Methods in Social Sciences
  • Global Political Economy
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Security, Conflict and Human Rights
  • Sustainable Futures

If you have an idea for a project that is not listed here please do still get in touch with a potential supervisor directly to discuss your idea further.

Start your research at the University of Bath

Apply for doctoral study The deadline for applications is 12:00 (noon) GMT Friday 14 January 2022. If successful, you will be expected to commence your studies in October 2022.


For queries about a research project idea, please contact the relevant academic directly. For application enquiries only, please contact the Doctoral College Admissions team.