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The South West Doctoral Training Partnership (ESRC) programme offered by the University of Bristol in collaboration offers funding for 1+3 or +3 awards in a range of disciplines and interdisciplinary themes.

Visit the official programme website for more information


Established in 2011, the South West Doctoral Training Partnership, has recently been re-launched (it was formerly known as the SWDTC). The partnership now comprises the Universities of Bristol, Bath, Exeter, Plymouth and UWE. As recognised research leaders, all institutions are committed to providing excellent training, development and teaching for the postgraduate community across disciplinary and interdisciplinary research fields.

Key facts:

The SWDTP is a strategic partnership accredited by the Economic and Social Sciences Research Council. As well as developing tailored training programmes for our students and staff, the partnership also supports a wide variety of collaborative activities, including events and student placements in public, private and civic society organisations.

The South West Doctoral Training Partnership (ESRC) programme is offered by the University of Bristol .


The SWDTP is a strategic partnership accredited by the Economic and Social Sciences Research Council.

Programme Structure

Research groups:

  • The SWDTP is representative of the institutions' commitment to collaborative working models, and the centre will be developing its own collaborative working practice with external partners as a core part of our strategy.
  • Collaboration from the research perspective can mean working with a wide variety of organisations and individuals from the private, public and civic sectors. Forms of collaboration may vary from an entirely co-organised and co-produced project to a workshop, the design of a specific data-gathering exercise, participation in a policy review, a conference or an internship.
  • Through collaboration, we are committed to building opportunities for knowledge transfer and sharing of best practice, as well as developing critical mass in key research areas.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months
  • Part-time
    • 84 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines




On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Student insurance

Make sure to cover your health, travel, and stay while studying abroad. Even global coverages can miss important items, so make sure your student insurance ticks all the following:

  • Additional medical costs (i.e. dental)
  • Repatriation, if something happens to you or your family
  • Liability
  • Home contents and baggage
  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Applicants for a +3 award should have completed, or be due to complete, an ESRC-accredited or an equivalent research master's with a significant element of research training. 
  • The research training should include significant social sciences research design, and quantitative and qualitative research methods elements. The transcript will need to show that a minimum of a third of the taught stage of your programme entailed research methods elements. 
  • Applicants should have achieved an average grade of their master's (at the point of application) of at least merit (60 per cent).

Living costs for Bristol

750 - 1260 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

Our partners

South West Doctoral Training Partnership (ESRC)
University of Bristol


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