South, West and Wales Doctoral Training Partnership (AHRC)

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Awards available PhD
Programme length Three years full-time;
Six years part-time
Location of programme Clifton campus
Part-time study available Yes
Open to international students No
Start date October 2017

Programme overview

The University of Bristol is delighted to be part of the South, West and Wales Doctoral Training Partnership (SWW DTP). The partnership is a collaboration of eight leading research universities and partners from the creative economy, working together to develop the arts and humanities researchers of the future. The SWW DTP is offering up to 50 fully-funded PhD studentships across the arts and humanities for entry in September 2017. The awards will be made on the basis of academic merit, with no fixed quota assigned to any one institution or subject area within the DTP. Proposals for interdisciplinary research are welcomed.

The South, West and Wales Doctoral Training Partnership has designed an innovative doctoral training programme that will equip students with the skills and understanding that stem from broad experience of not only their immediate research environment, but also of wider public and professional contexts.

A unique, dedicated programme, the Professional Arts and Humanities Researcher, extends doctoral training to include an understanding of public humanities; this encompasses engagement and knowledge exchange, both vital facets of contemporary research, and an understanding of the cultural economy and digital humanities.

The Professional Arts and Humanities Researcher will be delivered in collaboration with our partner organisations. Their in-house training and other tailored activities have been specially designed for the South West and Wales Doctoral Training Partnership. These will be brought together as a menu of opportunities for students that address the core themes of digital humanities and public humanities.

Due to funding restrictions, studentships are only open to home/EU students. You can check your eligibility for funding on the AHRC website.

Fees for 2017/18

Please see individual programme entries for fees information.

Fees quoted are provisional, per annum and subject to annual increase.

Alumni scholarship

University of Bristol students and graduates can benefit from a ten per cent reduction in tuition fees for postgraduate study. Check your eligibility for an alumni scholarship.

Funding for 2017/18

Funding provided by AHRC. Studentships can be applied for in the Faculty of Arts.

Further information on funding for prospective UK, EU and international postgraduate students.

Programme structure

SWW DTP students have access to a comprehensive research training programme, The Professional Arts and Humanities Researcher Programme. The programme is designed specifically for the needs of researchers in the arts and humanities and equips students with the necessary skills for their PhD, as well as for further academic work and careers outside academia. 

Entry requirements

Please see individual programme entries for details of entry requirements.

See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.

Application method Online application form
English language requirements
Please check the language requirement for the relevant programme of study.

Further information about English language requirements
Admissions statement Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.

Research groups

Students in the SWW DTP will join an exciting research community with access to a variety of resources. Cross-disciplinary research clusters have been developed with the following themes:

  • Understanding change
  • Pre-modern encounters
  • STEM subjects and objects
  • Culture and discourse
  • Communities of creative and critical practice.

Find out more about the DTP's research clusters.

Staff profiles

Please see individual programmes for staff details.

Application deadline:

Applicants wishing to apply for a SWW DTP studentship are expected to attend the information day which is normally held in November. For more information please see the SWW DTP website.

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REF 2014 results

Please see the full REF 2014 results for the University of Bristol.

Results are from the most recent UK-wide assessment of research quality, conducted by HEFCE. More about REF 2014 results.

Bristol Doctoral College

The Bristol Doctoral College facilitates and supports doctoral training and researcher development across the University.

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