PHDS IN THE SCHOOL OF SOCIAL SCIENCES OVERVIEW OF THIS AFTERNOON Doing a PhD in Manchester Social Sciences. A view from current students DOING A PHD A PhD is: A concentrated, extensive, intensive program of research. Applied training in research skills in a particular discipline. The first step on an academic career. An entry badge for an academic/research career. An apprenticeship. A qualification! WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO DO A PHD Excellent research skills. An appetite for learning/curiosity. The capacity for independent thought and work. The capacity to persist in the face of difficulties. A willingness to work hard. A good relationship with one’s supervisor. WHAT DO SOCIAL SCIENCE PHD STUDENTS DO? Read a lot Write a lot Collect Research Data Analyse Research Data Theorise Present their work Network Publish Teach Learn WHY DO A PHD? Intellectual Challenge Want an academic/research career Want a (better) job Other professional Nonprofessional Unemployed Other inactive 14 12 22 16 3 14 2 83 10 23 2 8 3 13 0 59 0 0 0 0 2 3 0 5 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 2 Total Research Anthropology 15 Econmics 28 Social Stats 2 Sociology 24 Philosophy 5 Politics 52 Social Change 0 SOSS 126 Unknown Academic EMPLOYMENT DATA Positive /Known 7 46 100.0% 7 70 100.0% 1 28 96.3% 24 74 96.0% 2 15 84.6% 17 100 95.2% 2 4 100.0% 60 337 96.8% BAD REASONS FOR DOING A PHD Carry on with the student life Don’t know what else to do Seems like an easy option THE SOCIAL SCIENCE PROGRAMS Economics PhD Philosophy PhD Politics PhD Social Anthropology PhD Social Anthropology with Visual Media PhD Social Statistics PhD Sociology PhD Applied Social Research PhD CONSIDER INTERDISCIPLINARITY Some research problems such interdisciplinary approaches. You can be co-supervised by academics from different disciplines. Funders like interdisciplinarity! Some combinations we have seen: Sociology & Social Stats. Politics &Philosophy Politics & Economics Economics & Health, Econ & Environment, Econ and Development Studies Latin American Studies and Anthropology; Anthropology, Media and Performance (with Drama) FUNDING School and discipline Studentships (17) President’s Doctoral Scholars (PDS) studentships (5 expected) NWDTC studentships (0-64) Standard Economics AQM CASE EPSRC studentships (0-3) Grant Linked Studentships WHAT IS THE NWDTC? The North West Doctoral Training College (DTC) is a quasi independent virtual organisation which funds 64+ social science PhD studentships per year with ESRC funding. A consortium of three universities: Manchester Lancaster Liverpool Has a methods training arm methodsNW which runs regional training events throughout the year WHAT DOES X+Y MEAN? +3: Three years of funding 1+3: 4 years of funding. a three year funded PhD programme A 1 year taught masters followed a three year PhD Program 2+2: Fours years of funding within economics only A two year MRes followed by a two year PhD program FUNDING DTC standard studentships (0-50, realistically about 8-10) £14210 stipend Fees paid £750 research training grant 1+3 or +3 Home only FUNDING DTC AQM (up to 10, realistically about 4-5) £17210 stipend Fees paid £1000 Research training grant +3 or 2+2 or 1+3 Home or overseas FUNDING DTC Economics (>=3) studentships £17210 stipend Fees paid £1000 Research training grant 1+2 or 2+2 Home or overseas FUNDING PDS studentships (5),school and DA studentships (17) £14210/£17210 stipend Fees paid £750/£1000 Research training grant +3 (or 1+2) only Home or overseas (but only home fees) FUNDING Philosophy AHRC award (1) £13283 stipend Fees paid RTSG +3/1+3 FUNDING EPSRC Awards (up to 3 realistically 1-2); have to be related to one of the EPSRC themes: Digital economy Energy Living With Environmental Change (LWEC) Global uncertainties Healthcare technologies Engineering Information and communication technologies (ICT) Manufacturing the future Mathematical sciences Physical sciences Quantum technologies Research infrastructure FUNDING EPSRC Awards (up to 3 realistically 1-2) ~£14000 stipend Fees paid 1000 Research training grant +3 only Home or overseas (but only home fees) DA ENHANCED STUDENTSHIP AWARDS DA Based funds Can fund the difference between home and overseas Or occasionally used to top up exceptional applicants PROJECT LINKED STUDENTSHIPS Privacy and big data Accounting for Informative Item Nonresponse in Hierarchical Linked Data Contact [email protected] Contact [email protected] Beyond numbers: do immigrant-origin MPs speak for immigrant-origin minorities in the UK Parliament? Contact [email protected] FUNDING SUMMARY We have multiple sources of funding for studentships About 35-50 in total Some programme specific Some home only some overseas or home Some +3 (or 1+2) only some also 1+3 to 2+2 TO APPLY FOR FUNDING On your application form there is a section for funding. You should indicate each source of funding you are interested in: School PSA this is sufficient to apply DTC this is sufficient to apply a separate application will be necessary AHRC DTP a separate application will be necessary TIMETABLE FOR APPLICATIONS Deadline for programme applications into the school via the on-line applications system. Anthropology 19th January 2015 ASR 19th January 2015 Economics for DTC awards 19th January 2015 Economics for DA awards 30th April 2015 Philosophy: 19th Jnauary 2015 Politics: 15th December 2014 Social Statistics 19th January 2015 Sociology 19th January 2015 TIMETABLE FOR APPLICATIONS Deadline for applications to the DTC via: http://www.nwdtc.ac.uk/prospective.html. 3rd February 2015 Deadline for applications to the AHRC DTP via: ????? ????? Deadline for applications to EPSRC 3rd February 2015 If you have your own source of funding then you could apply at any time. TIMETABLE By 15th February: Applicants informed if they have been awarded a place on the programme. By 28th March: Applicants informed if they have been awarded a funded studentship. Exception Economics Da awards. WHAT DO YOU NEED TO APPLY Application form 2 referees A research proposal WHAT IS A RESEARCH PROPOSAL? A document which outlines the Why, What and How of a proposed programme of research. What is the field in which the proposed research is located? What is the research questions? Why are these questions interesting? How will the research be carried out? WHAT DOES A GOOD RESEARCH PROPOSAL LOOK LIKE? The language should be precise and concise. Proposal length is 1500 words. The proposal should demonstrate the curiosity and independence of thought that will be required. The “How” question is important – if you don’t know how you are going to go about your research then that will not inspire confidence in the reviewers. NEXT STEPS. Attend your DA recruitment event. It helps if you have some idea about: Research Topic. Research questions. Methods. Your DA’s will identify a potential supervisor (assuming there is one). NEXT STEPS: DA SESSIONS After this event Breakout groups 3.205 3.211 3.212 3.213 3.214 Economics Sociology Social Anthropology Social Statistics and Applied Social Research Politics and Philosophy NEXT STEPS. Draft your proposal and send it to your potential supervisor for feedback. Revise your proposal (possibly in consultation with your proposed supervisor) and then submit your application!