South West Doctoral Training Partnership

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.

Closing date for applications is Thursday 2 February 2017 at 12:00.

Pathways available at UWE Bristol

Students (including self-funded) may apply to any of the SWDTP Interdisciplinary pathways:

UWE Bristol joined the SWDTP in 2016 to provide research expertise in the Sustainable Futures and Health and Wellbeing pathways. We have a wide range of opportunities for research study in these pathways based in relevant research centres and groups. Our research is characterized by its partnerships with external organisations and provides excellent opportunities for placements during study and for research with impact.

For the Sustainable Futures pathway relevant research at UWE Bristol is primarily located in the Centre For Transport and Society and the Centre for Sustainable Planning and Environments. There is also research in our Centre for Floods, Communities and Resilience, the WHO Collaborating Centre for Healthy Urban Environments, that may be of interest.

For the Health and Wellbeing pathway relevant research at UWE Bristol is primarily located in the Centre for Appearance Research, Centre for Health and Clinical Research, Social Science Research Group and Public Health and Wellbeing Group. There is also research in our Institute of Bio-Sensing Technology and Centre for Research in Biosciences, that may be of interest.

The ESRC SWDTP encourages collaboration across the universities of the partnership and with external organisations.

The closing date for application is 12:00 Thursday 2 February 2017.
Studentships will start on 1 October 2017.

Initial enquiries

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 our research groups and centres or search staff profiles using subject-area search terms (eg robotics) or an individual's name.

If you still can’t find what you’re looking for, please contact us and we’ll try to put you in touch with the right people.

Application process

You will need to submit the following documentation in order for us to consider your application:

  • Completed SWDTP application form which includes a 1000 word Research Proposal
  • Copies of your academic qualifications (both certificates and transcripts of module/course marks)
  • Two references (at least one should be an academic reference from the institution where you gained your highest degree)
  • If applicable, appropriate proof of English Proficiency 
  • Please include a CV with your application.

Your application will only be considered if it contains the above and you have met our minimum criteria. If we need further details or additional documentation we will contact you.

If researchers in the appropriate pathway are interested in your research proposal, we will invite you to a formal interview for a more in-depth discussion about your application.

This project is ideal for a self-motivated and enthusiastic student with a broad interest in ecology and conservation who is willing to learn the interdisciplinary skills required for this project. Although the successful student will receive in-depth training, it is desirable that applicants have some experience of molecular work. The student should also demonstrate a willingness to communicate with local water companies and regulatory bodies to whom this work will be of interest. 

Application pack

Download and complete the SWDTP application form and ensure that you read the SWDTP Guidance Notes and SWDTP eligibility criteria carefully before submitting your application and CV to the UWE Graduate School. Missing or incorrect information will delay the processing of your application.

Please also complete the Equal Opportunities form and complete the first section of the Application reference sheet before sending to your nominated referees.


Back to top