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Welsh Graduate School for the Social Sciences – an ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership

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


WGSSS 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 – WGSSS and its predecessor the Wales DTP and DTC, have offered around 60 new postgraduate studentships every year. We prepare doctoral students for their future careers through the generation of knowledge and the 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 pathways:

  • bilingualism and linguistics
  • digital economy and society
  • economics
  • law and criminology
  • environmental planning
  • human geography
  • journalism, digital media and democracy
  • management and business studies
  • politics, international relations and area studies
  • psychology
  • social sciences, including education, science and technology studies, sociology, social policy, social work and social care


WGSSS is a collaboration between Cardiff University, and Aberystwyth UniversityBangor UniversityCardiff Metropolitan University, the University of South Wales, the University of Gloucestershire, and Swansea University. As an associate member of WGSSS, the University of Wales, Trinity St David participates in our shared training and researcher development.

WGSSS benefits from strategic partnerships with Welsh Government, Office for National Statistics, Cardiff Capital Region City Deal, Office of the Commissioner for the Well-Being of Future Generations, Natural Resources Wales and the Welsh Council for Voluntary Action. We work in close collaboration with the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW) and the Learned Society of Wales.

Please visit the WGSSS website for more details and how to apply.

Contact us

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.