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UCL, Bloomsbury and East London Doctoral Training Partnership

Arts and Digital Industries

UEL is a partner in the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)-funded UCL, Bloomsbury and East London (UBEL) Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP). 

Our partner institutions are UCL, SOAS, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and Birkbeck.

The UBEL DTP is dedicated to working across boundaries – institutional, professional and disciplinary – and to principles of interdisciplinarity, excellence and partnership.

Find out more about UEL's involvement with the Doctoral Training Partnership.

Arts & Digital Industries has an enviable track record of delivering high quality research, with world-leading outputs and impact statements acknowledged in the last Research Excellence Framework Review of 2014. Much of the School’s research culture takes shape through its research centres and group projects.

More than 40 PhD studentships will be available yearly across the UBEL DTP. 

Recording oral history
Source: Toby Butler



UEL Arts and Digital Industries invites applications for these PhD studentships, which can be 1+3 years (including a Masters year) or +3 (PhD only). 
Please contact the colleagues listed below for more information about Masters courses and PhD supervisors.

Doctoral Training Pathways homed in the School of Arts and Digital Industries are: 

  • Archeology and Heritage Studies – including Heritage Studies Masters (from 2018). Contact: Toby Butler
  • Gender and Sexualities. Contact: Stephen Maddison.
  • Sociology – including Media Studies Masters (from 2018). Contact: Jonathan Hardy.
For additional information, please contact the PhD Leader, Dominic Hingorani.

UEL Arts and Digital Industries is also providing PhD supervision and training within the Anthropology (contact: Narmala Halstead) and the Economic and Social History (contact: Kate Hodgkin) Pathways.

Find out full details of the 2017 PhD studentship programme.

Student on Docklands oral history audio trail
Source: Toby Butler



The 2017 ESRC Doctoral Training Network

The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)’s new Doctoral Training significantly widens access for postgraduates to ESRC funding across the UK. The new Network consists of 14 Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTPs). From October 2017 students in locations stretching across the UK, including Northern Ireland for the first time, will benefit from being able to access the highest quality training in the social sciences, supplying the next generation of social science researchers with the skills, curiosity and creativity to be truly innovative.

The training focuses on providing skills such as:

  • working in interdisciplinary teams;
  • communicating research ideas and findings clearly;
  • working alongside international partners;
  • being equipped to undertake high-quality analytical work;
  • handling different forms of data;
  • collaborating with others.

The ESRC Doctoral Training Network

The ESRC Doctoral Training Partnerships

Student discovering decorations in ruined hoppers’ hut
Source: Toby Butler