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Review of the PhD in the Social Sciences

At the beginning of 2020, ESRC launched a fundamental Review of the Social Science PhD.

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The ESRC invests heavily in PhD studentships to cultivate the next generation of social scientists. Despite only funding a minority of UK social science PhDs, the ESRC has considerable influence over the UK social science doctoral agenda. It has been more than ten years since the ESRC last conducted a review of its doctoral training. During that time, demand for challenge-led, inter-disciplinary research and evaluation, including the use of digital methods and ‘big data’ has increased. It is timely, therefore, to re-examine the social science doctoral offer, to identify its strengths as well as areas where it could be improved.


  • 18 March 2024
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