The SENSS Doctoral Training Partnership The SENSS Doctoral Training Partnership

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The South East Network for Social Sciences (SeNSS), a social sciences focused research and doctoral training partnership (DTP) funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), enables doctoral students to build strong relationships with both academic, user, and practitioner networks at a number of different levels. The consortium already contains over 200 existing partnerships with external organizations and opportunities to engage with these organizations embedded in the design of its various training pathways and cohort development activities. UEA's doctoral students will also be able to access excellent research, transferable skills, and advanced training, provisioned in their home institution and across the other nine consortium institutions (which include the Universities of Essex, Kent, Surrey, Sussex, Reading, Royal Holloway, Goldsmiths College, Roehampton, & City University).

As a member of SeNSS, UEA will be offering fully-funded doctoral studentships over the next six years across 12 different training pathways.

Applications opened 2nd October 2017 for full and part-time +3 (PhD) and 1+3 (Masters and PhD) ESRC funded studentships. Funding is available to candidates who meet the UK/EU residency requirements defined in the RCUK's Conditions of Research Council Grants and relative to all subject areas in the Faculty of Social Sciences at UEA - Business, Education, Economics, International Development, Law, Psychology, and Social Work.

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Research Environment in the Social Sciences at UEA Research Environment in the Social Sciences at UEA

The Faculty of Social Science (SSF) Graduate School at the University of East Anglia (UEA) provides a vibrant and interdisciplinary research and training environment for postgraduate research (PGR) students. UEA is ranked in the top 20 universities in the UK (20th in the Guardian University Guide 2016; 14th in the Complete University Guide 2017) and is one of the top 150 universities in the world (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2015-16). 

SSF has an excellent and international reputation with well-established links to other institutions, organisations, international networks and research councils throughout Europe and the wider world. UEA is ranked 5th in the UK, 15th in Europe and 57th in the world for the impact of its social science research (Leiden Ranking 2014). The University has also been ranked 10th in the UK for the quality of its research output and 21st overall amongst all mainstream British institutions in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014. The results show that more than 82 per cent of UEA research is classified as either ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’, confirming UEA’s position as a premier research institution making a substantial impact on the global challenges facing society.

The Faculty is divided into seven Schools - the Norwich Business School (NBS), Economics (ECO), Education (EDU), International Development (DEV), Law (LAW), Psychology (PSY) and Social Work (SWK) – and the SSF Graduate School oversees an advanced programme of supervised research degrees and research training across this range of disciplines.

The SSF Graduate School offers you the opportunity to conduct high quality and impactful research under the supervision of internationally renowned academics and to develop research and transferable skills that will support your future career in academia, industry or elsewhere. Information about all our supervised research degrees, how to apply and further information and contact details for each School are provided in the links below. We hope to hear from you soon.

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