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ESRC Wales Doctoral Training Partnership

We are the lead partner in the Economic and Social Research (ESRC) Wales Doctoral Training Partnership, providing PhD students across Wales and beyond with access to top quality research training in the social and economic sciences.

ESRC Economic & Social Research Council


The Wales Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) trains top-level social scientists across Wales on a range of issues affecting society today. We are building on and developing a track record of successful social science doctoral training collaboration in Wales – the DTP and its predecessor have offered around 60 new postgraduate studentships every year. We prepare doctoral students for their future careers through the generation of knowledge and building of intellectual capacities and research skills that allow outstanding contributions to be made to environmental, political, economic and social development.

In response to the new UKRI eligibility criteria, we are pleased to announce that we will be offering International fee discounts for successful UKRI applicants. The fees will be discounted to the home fees level. This approach ensures that students regardless of nationality or financial means will be able to apply for our prestigious UKRI studentships. Successful applicants will receive a fully-funded studentship and will not be charged the international fee difference.

Research themes

We offer PhD supervision in the following subject areas:

  • Digital Economy and Society
  • Economics
  • Empirical Studies in Law
  • Environmental Planning
  • Human Geography
  • Journalism and Democracy
  • Global Language Based Area Studies
  • Linguistics
  • Management and Business Studies
  • Politics and International Relations
  • Psychology
  • Social Sciences, including Criminology, Education, Science and Technology Studies, Sociology, Social Policy, Social Work and Social Care.


The ESRC DTP is a collaboration between lead institution Cardiff University, and Aberystwyth UniversityBangor UniversityCardiff Metropolitan University, the University of Gloucestershire and Swansea University.

Please visit our DTP website for more details and how to apply

Contact us and indicate your interest in this funding and if you want to be kept up-to-date with any further studentships that are published under this scheme.