Current Studentships

Keele University studentships, when available, are funded internally or from external sponsors such as research councils or from industry. If you are interested in any of the studentships available you can apply online.

Research Topic Fully Funded PhD Studentships and Graduate Teaching Assistantships in Economics and Management for 2016-2017
Reference number: HumSS2016/17-2
Abstract

The Centre for Economics and Management in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at Keele University is home to world-class scholars and research clusters.  In the most recent Research Excellence Framework in 2014, the Centre increased its grade point average compared to the previous exercise, and 49% of outputs were judged to be in the top two categories – world leading or internationally excellent (3* and 4*).  The Centre brings together approximately 45 active researchers and 30 postgraduate research students in a vibrant, interdisciplinary environment.  Our facilities include dedicated office suites and meeting rooms for postgraduate research students, transferable skills training, and funding to support research expenses and conference attendance.

For 2016-2017, the Centre is offering a range of studentship opportunities. Applications are invited from high quality prospective doctoral students in all areas of Economics and Management, though we are particularly keen to encourage applicants whose research falls into the following specific areas:

 

  • Applied Microeconomics and Finance
  • Any area of Accounting
  • Human Resource Management
  • Marketing and Consumer Behaviour
  • Organisation Studies and International Business

For further details of our specific research specialisms and the expertise of our supervisors please visit:

www.keele.ac.uk/humssr/researchcentres/economicsandmanagement/

 

Our postgraduate funding opportunities for 2016-17 include:

 

  • Full Studentships (fees at UK/EU rate and annual maintenance grant)
  • Graduate Teaching Assistantships (fees at UK/EU rate and annual maintenance grant)
  • Bursaries and Fee Waivers (fees/part fees at UK/EU rate)

A full studentship comprises an annual tax-free stipend at RCUK rate plus tuition fee (currently £14,057 and £4,052).

The closing date for applications is Monday 22 February 2016

Please note that candidates will be informed of the final decision by 29 April 2016

 

Applicants are strongly advised to discuss their interests with the Postgraduate Research Director, and/or prospective supervisors in advance of submitting their application.  Please liaise with Helen Farrell for advice on the most appropriate contact point: socialsciences.phd@keele.ac.uk; tel. +44 (0)1782 733641.

Full details and application procedures can be found on the website:

www.keele.ac.uk/humssr/prospectivestudents/studentships-socialsciences2016-17

 

Details See Advert and details and Supplementary Information
Duration 3 years
Fees £4,052
Stipend £14,057
Closing date 22 February 2016 Candidates will be informed of the final decision by 29 April 2016.

Apply online here


Research Topic Law & Ethics for 2016-2017 (including AHRC studentships)
Reference number: HumSS2016/17-3
Abstract

The School of Law at Keele University comprises world-class scholars and research clusters. In the most recent Research Excellence Framework in 2014 26% of Law's submitted research was world leading (4*) and 65% judged at 3* and 4*.  It is ranked 15th out of 67th nationally for the Impact of its research. It was also awarded a particularly high Environment GPA of 3.13, with 88% of its research activities regarded as 3* and 4*. The School has particular research strength in Healthcare and Bioethics; International and European Law; Professions, Practice, and Legal Education; Private Law, Theory and Practice; and Social Justice and Human Rights http://www.keele.ac.uk/law/research/researchclusters/. Across these clusters, researchers draw on a range of socio-legal, critical, analytical-philosophical and doctrinal approaches.

 

The School brings together approximately 25 active researchers and 35 postgraduate research students in a vibrant, interdisciplinary environment. Our facilities include dedicated office suites and meeting rooms for postgraduate research students, transferable skills training, and funding to support research expenses and conference attendance.

 

Keele University is a member of the AHRC Northwest Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership (NWCDTP) with the University of Manchester, Lancaster University, RNCM, University of Liverpool, Manchester Metropolitan University and University of Salford.  Full details of the consortium can be found here: http://www.nwcdtp.ac.uk/.

 

For 2016-2017, the Centre is offering a range of studentship opportunities. Applications are invited from high quality prospective doctoral students in all areas of legal scholarship in which we have appropriate supervisory expertise.

 

For further details of our specific research specialisms and the expertise of our supervisors please visit:

http://www.keele.ac.uk/researchsubjects/

 

Our postgraduate funding opportunities for 2016-17 include:

 

  • Fully funded AHRC studentships
  • Full Studentships (fees at UK/EU rate and annual maintenance grant)
  • Graduate Teaching Assistantships (fees at UK/EU rate and annual maintenance grant)
  • Bursaries and Fee Waivers (fees/part fees at UK/EU rate)

 

A full studentship includes an annual tax-free stipend at RCUK rate plus tuition fee (this was £14,057 and £4,052 for 2015/16).

 

The closing dates for applications are:

Friday 22 January 2016 if you are applying for AHRC sponsorship

Monday 22 February 2016 if you are applying for Keele sponsorship

Please note that candidates will be informed of the final decision by 29 April 2016.  

 

Applicants are strongly advised to discuss their interests with the Law Postgraduate Research Director, Professor Alex Sharpe and/or prospective supervisors in advance of submitting their application. Please liaise with Helen Farrell for advice on the most appropriate contact point: socialsciences.phd@keele.ac.uk; tel. +44 (0)1782 733641.

 

If you are considering applying for an AHRC studentship from outside the UK, please check your eligibility to apply under section 9 of this document: http://documents.manchester.ac.uk/display.aspx?DocID=18758 

 

Full details and application procedures can be found on the website:

 

www.keele.ac.uk/humssr/prospectivestudents/studentships-socialsciences2016-17

Details See Advert and details and Supplementary Information
Duration 3 years
Fees £4,052
Stipend £14,057
Closing date 22 January 2016 (if applying for an AHRC studentship) 22 February 2016 Candidates will be informed of the final decision by 29 April 2016.

Apply online here


Research Topic Social Policy studentships 2016-2017
Reference number: HumSS2016/17-4
Abstract

The interdisciplinary Centre for Social Policy at Keele University is home to world-class scholars and research groups. Our excellence in research has been recognised in REF2014: in the latest national assessment of research quality, 74% of our research was judged as either world leading (4*) or internationally excellent (3*). We were also ranked 1st in the sector for our research environment. The Centre brings together 45 active researchers and 105 postgraduate research students in a vibrant, interdisciplinary environment. Our facilities include dedicated PGR office suites and meeting rooms, transferable skills training and funding to support research expenses and conference attendance.

 

For 2016-2017, the Centre is offering a range of studentship opportunities across its five main clusters:

 

  • Ageing and Intergenerational Relations
  • Children, Families and Society   
  • Communities, Identities and Mobilities  
  • Crime, Social Justice and Policing 
  • Public Policy 

 

For further details of our specific research specialisms and the expertise of our supervisors please visit:

 

http://www.keele.ac.uk/humssr/researchcentres/socialpolicy/

 

Our postgraduate funding opportunities for 2016-17 include:

 

  • Fully funded AHRC studentships
  • Full Studentships (fees at UK/EU rate and annual maintenance grant)
  • Graduate Teaching Assistantships (fees at UK/EU rate and annual maintenance grant)
  • Bursaries and Fee Waivers (fees/part fees at UK/EU rate)

 

A full studentship includes an annual tax-free stipend at RCUK rate plus tuition fee (currently £14,057 and £4,052).

 

The closing date for applications is 22 February 2016.

Please note that candidates will be informed of the final decision by 29 April 2016.  

 

Applicants are strongly advised to discuss their interests with the Professor Ronnie Lippens (r.lippens@keele.ac.uk) and prospective supervisors. Please liaise with Helen Farrell for advice on the most appropriate contact point: socialsciences.phd@keele.ac.uk; tel. +44 (0)1782 733641.

 

Full details and application procedures can be found on the website:

 

www.keele.ac.uk/humssr/prospectivestudents/studentships-socialsciences2016-17

Details See Advert and details and Supplementary Information
Duration 3 years
Fees £4,052
Stipend £14,057
Closing date 22 February 2016. Candidates will be informed of the final decision by 29 April 2016.

Apply online here


Research Topic Politics, International Relations & Environment studentships 2016/17
Reference number: HumSS2016/17-5
Abstract

The School of Politics, Philosophy, International Relations and Environment (SPIRE) in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at Keele University is home to world-class scholars and research clusters. In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF2014), the Times Higher Education ranked us 4th out of 56 in the country for the impact of our research, and 90% of the overall submission was assessed as world-leading, internationally excellent, or internationally recognised. The School brings together approximately 20 active researchers and 50 postgraduate research students in a vibrant, interdisciplinary environment.

 

For 2016-2017, we are offering a range of studentship opportunities. Applications are invited from high quality prospective doctoral students in area of Politics and International Relations with a good fit with the research specialisms and expertise of our academic staff. For further details please visit:

 

http://www.keele.ac.uk/researchsubjects/politicsandinternationalrelations/#tabs-2

 

Students from SPIRE have an excellent record of successful completion of their PhDs. We offer a carefully designed programme of research training tailored to individual projects, the support of a dedicated supervisor and a wider supervisory team. Postgraduate research students have access to modern office suites and meeting rooms, funding for research expenses and conference attendance. SPIRE provides a supportive research environment and students are encouraged to take a full part in a wide ranging programme of seminars and graduate classes.

 

Our postgraduate funding opportunities for 2016-17 include:

 

  • Full Studentships (fees at UK/EU rate and annual maintenance grant)
  • Graduate Teaching Assistantships (fees at UK/EU rate and annual maintenance grant)
  • Bursaries and Fee Waivers (fees/part fees at UK/EU rate)

 

A full studentship includes an annual tax-free stipend at RCUK rate plus tuition fee (currently £14,057 and £4,052)

 

The closing date for applications is Monday 22 February 2016.

Please note that candidates will be informed of the final decision by 29 April 2016.  

 

Applicants are strongly advised to discuss their interests with the Postgraduate Research Director, Professor Chris Bailey (c.j.bailey@keele.ac.uk), and/or prospective supervisors in advance of submitting their application. Please liaise with Helen Farrell for advice on the most appropriate contact point: socialsciences.phd@keele.ac.uk; tel. +44 (0)1782 733641.

 

Full details and application procedures can be found on the website:

 

www.keele.ac.uk/humssr/prospectivestudents/studentships-socialsciences2016-17

Details See Advert and details and Supplementary Information
Duration 3 years
Fees £4,052
Stipend £14,057
Closing date 22 February 2016. Candidates will be informed of the final decision by 29 April 2016.

Apply online here


Research Topic Philosophy studentships 2016/17 including Arts and Humanities Research Council studentships
Reference number: HumSS2016/17-6
Abstract

The School of Politics, Philosophy, International Relations and Environment (SPIRE) is home to world-class scholars in a small, friendly and research-intensive environment. In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF2014) 100% of work submitted in Philosophy was assessed as international standard, with 57% achieving the top two grades of Internationally Excellent or World Leading (3* and 4*).   SPIRE brings together approximately 20 active researchers and 50 postgraduate research students in a vibrant, interdisciplinary environment.

 

Applications are invited from high quality prospective doctoral students in areas of Philosophy with a good fit with the research specialisms and expertise of our academic staff. For further details please visit:

 

http://www.keele.ac.uk/spire/philosophy/phd/

 

Students from SPIRE have an excellent record of successful completion of their PhDs. We offer a carefully designed programme of research training tailored to individual projects, the support of a dedicated supervisor and a wider supervisory team. Postgraduate research students have access to modern office suites and meeting rooms, funding for research expenses and conference attendance. SPIRE provides a supportive research environment and students are encouraged to take a full part in a wide ranging programme of seminars and graduate classes.

 

Our postgraduate funding opportunities for 2016-17 include:

 

  • Fully funded AHRC Studentships
  • Full Studentships (fees at UK/EU rate and annual maintenance grant)
  • Graduate Teaching Assistantships (fees at UK/EU rate and annual maintenance grant)
  • Bursaries and Fee Waivers (fees/part fees at UK/EU rate)

 

A full studentship includes an annual tax-free stipend at RCUK rate plus tuition fee (currently £14,057 and £4,052). 

 

Keele University is a member of the Arts and Humanities Research Council’s Northwest Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership (NWCDTP) with the University of Manchester, Lancaster University, RNCM, University of Liverpool, Manchester Metropolitan University and University of Salford.  Full details of the consortium can be found here: http://www.nwcdtp.ac.uk/.  If you are considering applying for an AHRC studentship from outside the UK, please check your eligibility to apply under section 9 of this document: http://documents.manchester.ac.uk/display.aspx?DocID=18758.

 

Closing Date:

Friday 22 January 2016 (for AHRC applicants only)

Monday 22 February 2016 (general admissions and non-AHRC studentships)

Please note that candidates will be informed of the final decision by 29 April 2016.  

 

Applicants are strongly advised to discuss their interests with the Postgraduate Research Director, Professor Chris Bailey (c.j.bailey@keele.ac.uk) , and/or prospective supervisors in advance of submitting their application. Please liaise with Helen Farrell for advice on the most appropriate contact point: socialsciences.phd@keele.ac.uk; tel. +44 (0)1782 733641.

 

Full details and application procedures can be found on the website:

 

www.keele.ac.uk/humssr/prospectivestudents/studentships-socialsciences2016-17

Details See Advert and details and Supplementary Information
Duration 3 years
Fees £4,052
Stipend £14,057
Closing date Friday 22 January 2016 (for AHRC applicants only). Monday 22 February 2016 (general admissions and non-AHRC studentships). Please note that candidates will be informed of the final decision by 29 April 2016.

Apply online here


Research Topic A choice of Astrophysics projects is available of which two will be funded
Reference number: FNS GS 2015-09
Abstract

Please note that funding for two of these projects is available; please identify your preferred project(s) in your on-line application.
Download the advert for details of these projects.


* Transiting extra-solar planets with WASP-South
* Star formation in the Magellanic Clouds
* Young stars and stellar moving groups in the Gaia-ESO survey
* Stellar Hydrodynamics, Evolution and Nucleosynthesis
* Atmospheric properties of A, F and G stars
* High-precision studies of eclipsing binary stars observed using space telescopes
* The Dynamical Evolution of Massive Star Forming Regions
* Galaxy populations behind the Magellanic Clouds
* Dusty dying stars in galaxies in the Local Universe
* Laboratory astrophysics at the Diamond Light Source

Details See Advert and details and Supplementary Information
Duration 3 years
Fees 100% UK/EU tuition fees for 3 years commencing Academic year 2016/2017.
Stipend Stipend support for three years at Research Council rates (2015/6 £14,057 per annum).
Closing date 26th Feb 2016

Apply online here


Research Topic Climatic cyclicity and environmental interactions in arid continental basins: The Leman Sandstone, Southern North Sea
Reference number: FNS GS 2016-02
Abstract

This project will evaluate the interactions and controlling mechanisms affecting linked ephemeral fluvial, playa and aeolian systems in outcrop and a sub-surface North Sea analogue. It will elucidate the relative impacts of climate change and tectonism on facies distributions and interactions in these systems, and provide a 3D fluid-flow model pertinent to migration and reservoir evaluation.


The Leman Sandstone comprises a sedimentary succession recording the interaction between ephemeral fluvial systems and aeolian and playa environments. The record is punctuated by numerous regional surfaces, the origin of which may have been mostly climatic, with periods of increased run-off resulting in fluvial incision, especially near active faults. However, the surfaces formed in a basin that was subsiding. Thus, even in a background of overall increasing accommodation space, climatic variation may have allowed for periods of significant erosion.


The occurrence of significant erosion resulted in a sedimentary record that shows pronounced lateral as well as vertical facies variations. The distribution of facies element geometries, their 3D interactions and relationships to regional erosive surfaces, and their dependence on climatic variation and active tectonism, are critical to understanding the distribution of petrophysical properties within the Leman Sandstone, and therefore to the distribution of fluid migration pathways for reservoir characterisation and management. 


Interactions between fluvial and aeolian systems in arid continental basins have been the subject of past research, and these relationships have been related to a sequence-stratigraphical framework based upon climatic cyclicity. However, this past work does not account for a fluvial component that is strongly ephemeral, and upon which there is a strong control on facies distribution from active tectonism. North & Taylor (1996), and the present authors, have shown that in strongly ephemeral-fluvial systems elements show significantly more variability at all scales. Hence the distribution of ephemeral-fluvial deposits, and their interaction with other environments, will more strongly control permeability distributions and migration pathways than is the case for more stable fluvial settings.


This project will use extensive fieldwork of well-exposed sedimentary successions through arid continental depositional systems within the intra-cratonic basins of the Western USA, principally the Wingate, Moenave and Kayenta formations of the Colorado Plateau. As well as traditional methods of data gathering and analysis in the field, the project will make use of novel and developing 3D photogrammetric techniques to provide spatially accurate 3D models of the outcrop.  The fieldwork will provide a well-constrained analogue for environmental interaction and facies distribution within the Leman Sandstone, which is undergoing a resurgence of successful exploration activity at present with new discoveries such as Pharos and nearby as yet undrilled exploration prospects.

Details See Advert and details and Supplementary Information
Duration 4 years
Fees This project is one of four being offered for September 2016 of which two will be funded

Funded by: NERC Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT)
Funding support is provided as follows;
4 years’ funding for tuition fees and stipend.
Research Training Support Grant.
Stipend Stipend at Research council rates (£14,057 per annum).
Closing date 31st January 2016

Apply online here


Research Topic Two fully-funded PhD Studentships in the Centre for Psychological Research
Reference number: FNS GS 2016-05
Abstract

The Centre for Psychological Research at Keele University is pleased to announce two fully-funded PhD studentships to commence in September 2016. A full studentship includes an annual tax-free stipend at RCUK rate plus tuition fee (currently £14,057 and £4,052 for three years).   Source of funding:  School of Psychology, Keele University.  We may also award additional fee waivers and partial bursaries.  


Interested applicants are encouraged to visit our research web-pages.


to find out more about staff research interests. Applicants are strongly advised to discuss their potential project with prospective supervisors in advance of submitting their application. Please feel free to contact potential supervisors directly or liaise with Dr Claire Fox for advice on the most appropriate contact point (email: c.fox@keele.ac.uk).   Eligibility criteria:  2:1 or above in Psychology and Msc in Psychology advisable.  Prospective applicants with non-standard qualifications and/or a degree not in Psychology, please contact Dr Claire Fox (email c.fox@keele.ac.uk).


Please note that you must provide the following with your application:



  • A full research proposal for your PhD (maximum 4 sides of A4)

  • A sample of academic work (maximum 5,000 words)

  • Two academic references

  • Copies of your previous qualifications

  • A completed Case for Support form (see Suplementary Information)


The deadline for applications is 15th April 2016.  For advice concerning the application process please contact Ann Billington a.billington@keele.ac.uk


Further information about Postgraduate Research in the Centre for Psychological Research

Keele University is a world-class campus-based university committed to providing the highest quality learning and living environment in which our students and researchers can flourish. The University makes a unique contribution to higher education in its continued commitment to encouraging interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary education and research. The University is consistently in the top ten UK universities for student satisfaction and Keele graduates are highly prized for their flexibility of thought and the maturity of their social skills.


Keele University is a research-led institution where academic staff are expected and strongly supported to engage in research.  The most recent RAE classified 97% of the University’s research as world leading and of international importance. The innovations and discoveries of Keele academics are key contributors to wider social and global issues.


The Centre for Psychological Research is a thriving academic community made up of active researchers in a wide variety of areas. We welcome postgraduate research students from around the world as members of this community and provide support and facilities to enable them to achieve their full potential in a stimulating and lively environment.


We provide an excellent range of research facilities and support including well equipped office space, technical and administrative support, regular research seminars, an annual postgraduate conference, journal clubs, and social events. There is a comprehensive induction process to help you settle into life as a PhD student in the Centre. You will have support through our Postgraduate Research Director, Dr Claire Fox. In addition, you will be allocated a PhD student mentor who you can get in contact with before you arrive.


There are excellent opportunities for networking within the university both with other postgraduates and with the academic staff at Keele enabling postgraduate researchers to participate fully in all aspects of the research process. There are also many opportunities, both internally and externally for research training and other personal and professional development activities. In addition, the Keele Postgraduate Association arranges various additional supports and social events.


Research students are an invaluable component of the community at Keele and we aim to provide an environment where your research can develop and flourish. We currently have a growing group of over 20 PhD students - a mixture of full-time and part-time. Current projects include:



  • Current perceptions and knowledge of cervical cancer and screening among older women.

  • Humour styles in younger children.

  • An action-research project to reduce alcohol consumption among university students.

  • Risk factors for Impulse Control Disorder in Parkinson’s Disease.

  • Individual differences in inhibitory control during task-switching.

  • The experience of childhood emotional neglect

  • Bullying and children with Special Educational Needs and Disability.

  • Factors predicting pro-environmental behaviour.

Details See Advert and details and Supplementary Information
Duration 3 years
Fees £4052
Stipend £14,057
Closing date 15th April 2016

Apply online here