Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

Sociology and Social Policy

Fees and funding

In this Section:

Full details of Postgraduate Research Fees are available on the main university website:

International fees are fixed at the point of entry and will not rise in subsequent years of the course. This means you can more easily plan your finances at the outset.


ESRC Studentships

The School is pleased to offer a number of research degree studentships as part of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) White Rose Social Sciences Doctoral Training Partnership (WRDTP).

The WRDTP is one of 14 new Doctoral Training Partnerships to be accredited by the ESRC in recognition of the high quality training and development it offers researchers across a broad range of subjects. A number of Open Competition Pathway PhD studentship awards are available, enabling successful applicants to commence their studies at the University of Leeds in October 2018. These are very prestigious, fully-funded studentships and will be awarded on academic merit.

Studentship applications are invited within the following broad areas:

  1. Cities, Environment, and Liveability
  2. Security, Conflict, and Justice
  3. Education, Childhood, and Youth
  4. Data, Communication, and New Technologies
  5. Wellbeing, Health, and Communities
  6. Sustainable Growth, Management, and Economic Productivity
  7. Civil Society, Development, and Democracy

In addition to these Pathway studentship awards, we welcome applications for Advanced Quantitative Methods (AQM) studentships from applicants who expect to use AQM in their research project and for Cross-Research Council studentships, available for applicants whose research project will transcend the intellectual disciplinary boundaries of the UK Government’s Research Councils.

The awards

All awards are available as either three year PhD (+3) or four year MA + PhD (1+3) studentships, depending on the level of research training already achieved, on a full-time or part-time basis. Whilst these awards are in the main only available to nationals from the UK and EU, a small number of AQM awards are open to applicants paying fees at the international rate.

Full awards (for eligible candidates) provide fees and maintenance at standard Research Council rates (£14,553 in Session 2017/18). EU applicants are normally eligible for a fees only award, unless they have been resident in the UK for a full 3 years immediately preceding the start date of the award. AQM awards include an enhanced stipend of £3,000 per annum for full-time PhD study.

Timescales and how to apply

Candidates for these studentships must firstly apply online for a postgraduate research programme in the School and be in possession of a Student ID Number in order to be eligible and then apply separately for a studentship award.

Full details about these studentships, including eligibility, regulations and how to apply can be found in this information sheet.

Research programme application deadline: 5pm 10 January 2018
Studentship application deadline: 5pm 24 January 2018


Leeds Doctoral Scholarships

There are a number of Leeds Doctoral Scholarships available for 2018 entry, which can be used with projects from across the Faculty.

Successful applicants will receive payment to cover their University tuition fees up to three years, along with a maintenance grant matching the Research Council UK rate (£14,553 for 2017/18).

To be eligible you must:

  • be a UK, EU or International fee paying applicant
  • have achieved at least a First Class (1) Honours degree or equivalent* in an appropriate subject at undergraduate level
  • meet the English language requirements of your programme of study if English is not your first language (UK/EU applicants – prior to or at registration; international applicants – by the relevant scholarship deadline)
  • not have already been awarded or currently be studying for a doctoral degree
  • not already be in receipt of a doctoral scholarship
  • have submitted a research degree application and be in receipt of a student ID number

*Candidates with a lower mark in their undergraduate degree will be considered if they have or are expected to receive a Distinction in a Masters programme relevant to their field of research, or if they can demonstrate relevant alternative experience (eg in industry or business).

How to apply

For more information on applying and the application form click here

Deadline: 1 June 2018

Alumni Postgraduate Bursary

The Alumni Postgraduate Bursary is available to former University of Leeds students. Those who qualify are eligible for a 10 percent tuition fee bursary. The alumni bursary can be awarded in conjunction with other University of Leeds scholarships and awards as the 10 percent bursary is calculated based on the net fee remaining. If you are thinking of continuing your studies to postgraduate level, we would love for you to stay with us.

University scholarships

The University of Leeds also offers other general scholarships and awards for postgraduate research students. Visit Scholarships at Leeds for more information.


Please note: If you are applying for funding you will also need to submit an application for postgraduate study in the School.  You should ensure that you do this within plenty of time to allow for the consideration process and to meet any deadlines for award applications.  We strongly advise applicants to apply at least a month before any relevant scholarship deadline.  You should also ensure that you provided the following supporting documentation to the School as part of your application:

  • Full Transcripts (or transcript of results to date where a degree result is not yet known) in English and original language if outside the UK
  • Two Academic references
  • A Research Proposal (see How to apply for guidance)

Oatley Postgraduate Research Scholarship 2018

"Democratising Finance? Assessing the Social Impact of Global Innovations in Finance."

During the decade since the global financial crisis, the world has seen the dramatic emergence of a range of global financial innovations that promise to correct, to challenge, or even to replace this ‘failed financial system’ – from decentralized technologies like BitCoin and BlockChain; through to FinTech and Challenger Banks. There is an urgent need for thought-leading research that evaluates these financial innovations across the triple bottom line of social, environmental and economic impact.

As these innovations are a rapidly growing part of public discourse but still barely understood, we welcome proposals for PhD projects that seek to establish a baseline of understanding – i.e. what are these innovations we hear so much about; how and why did they emerge; and what are their stated objectives? – as well as providing a crucial evidence-based study of their potential to deliver a fairer, more inclusive and democratic alternative to the current financial system – i.e. do they work, for whom and why; what are the obstacles to their growth; and what are the chances and dangers of their continued proliferation?

Principal supervisor: Dr Mark Davis

For further information please download the scholarship information document.

To apply please download the application form.

Financial Information

The award is only available for NEW research students undertaking full time (3 years) study for the degree of PhD.

  • The award will cover standard UK/ EU fees.
  • In addition to fees the Oatley Postgraduate Research Scholarship will include an £14,777 per year maintenance award for full time study.
  • There are some additional allowances for travel, research or training costs (up to £833 per year).

Application deadline

1 June 2018, 23:59 GMT

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