Applications for 2024/25 are now closed.
The closing date for applications was Friday 12 January 2024 at 12:00 (noon) GMT UK time.
The South West Doctoral Training Partnership (SWDTP) is accredited by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) to provide postgraduate research training in the social sciences. The SWDTP is one of the UK’s largest centres of postgraduate research training for social scientists and comprises of staff and students from the Universities of Plymouth, Bath, Bristol, Exeter and the University of the West of England.
Pathways available at Plymouth
The University of Plymouth joined the SWDTP in 2016. We provide research expertise in Interdisciplinary Pathways – Advance Quantitative Methods; Sociotechnical Futures & Digital Methods and Disciplinary Pathways – Human Geography; Management and Business; Psychology; Social Policy. We have a wide range of opportunities for research study in these pathways based in relevant research centres and groups. Plymouth’s research is characterised by its partnerships with external organisations and provides excellent opportunities for placements during study and for research with impact. The ESRC SWDTP encourages collaboration across the universities of the partnership and with external organisations.
The SWDTP delivers a number of research training pathways. Each pathway may comprise two parts: a one year MSc course, followed by the three-year PhD research degree (1+3) or a stand-alone three-year research degree (+3).
We strongly encourage you to discuss your proposed research topic with an academic staff member in your field. You can explore the member lists of Plymouth's research groups and centres or search staff profiles using subject-area search terms (e.g. citizenship) or an individual's name.
If you would like advice on potential supervisors, please contact the Pathway Lead’s listed below.
We encourage applications from candidates who share research interests with any of our staff as detailed in the links below.
- Advanced Quantitative Methods pathway –
Dr Luciana Dalla Valle
- Human Geography pathway –
Dr Simon Dickinson– PhD Human Geography
- Management and Business pathway –
Professor Sheela Agarwal
- Psychology pathway –
Dr Patricia Kanngiesser– PhD Psychology
- Social Policy pathway –
Professor Alison Anderson
- Sociotechnical Futures and Digital Methods pathway –
Professor Katharine Willis
The ESRC SWDTP encourages collaboration across the universities of the partnership and with external organisations.