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PhD Studentship (ESRC South Coast DTP) - Education as a source of growing social and political cleavage in Great Britain

Social Sciences

Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   £14553
Annual stipend of £14553 (2017/18 RCUK rate) plus payment of programme fees
Closing Date:   Wednesday 31 January 2018
Reference:  SCDTP946717CC

Education as a source of growing social and political cleavage in Great Britain

A fully funded studentship awarded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) South Coast Doctoral Training Partnership (SCDTP) commencing in 2018/19 Academic Year.

Supervisory Team:

Professor Patrick Sturgis (Social Statistics & Demography, Lead Supervisor) (, Professor Will Jennings (Politics & International Relations)

This PhD dissertation will apply advanced statistical methods to a range of key ESRC longitudinal data resources (the cohort studies, Understanding Society, the British Election Study) to investigate the nature and causes of educational polarization in modern Britain. As well as describing how public opinion has been shaped by increasing graduate concentration since the early 1990s, the thesis will address the extent to which the distribution of public attitudes are shaped, on the one hand, by non-random selection into universities and, on the other, the educational and experiental effects of university education.

Skills Required

An undergraduate degree in sociology, psychology, political science, or other relevant social science discipline. Evidence of aptitude and interest in the application of advanced quantitative methods.


South Coast DTP Funding provides an annual maintenance grant (tax free) of £14553 (2017/18 RCUK rate), plus payment of all programme fees.  Other funding available for SCDTP funded students can be found on the SCDTP website (

Funding is provided for 3 years full-time PhD study (pro-rata for part-time students).  Applications for 1+3 funding for students completing a Master's year prior to the commencement of PhD study are also welcome (details available at

Application Procedure

The closing date and time for applications is 11.59pm 31st January 2018.  The full application procedure, the funding application form, and more information on the South Coast Doctoral Training Partnership can be found at:

For further information about this project, please contact the lead supervisor detailed above.  For questions relating to the application procedure, or for more information about the SCDTP, please visit the SCDTP website or contact us at

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