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UCL, Bloomsbury and East London (UBEL) Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP)

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.
UEL has a record of developing PhD access and engagement, as well as a commitment to world-leading social science research that addresses cutting edge issues from the local to the transnational, and to research that pursues social justice and civic engagement.

Find out more about the UEL and the UBEL DTP.

More than 40 studentships funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) are available at one of the largest DTPs in the UK.

Standard studentships

Expressions of interest are invited from suitably qualified students for each of the DTP’s 25 disciplinary and interdisciplinary pathways.

Please see the DTP website for further details and the process for making contact and an initial application in each pathway.

 UEL is a partner in the UBEL DTP and is offering three pathways of 1+3 Masters and PhD training, and five pathways of +3 PhD training:

  • Archaeology and Heritage Studies (+3) (Contact: Kate Hodgkin)
  • Gender and Sexuality (+3) (Contact: Roberta Garrett or Afaf Jabiri)
  • International Development (1+3, +3) (including the NGO and Development Management Masters) (Contact: Meera Tiwari)
  • Psychology (1+3, +3) (including Masters in International Humanitarian Psychosocial Intervention, Occupational and Organisational Psychology, and Psychological Research Methods).(Contact: Helen Murphy)
  • Sociology (1+3, +3) (including the Media Studies and the Refugee Studies Masters).  (Contact: Giorgia Dona, Maja Korac or Jonathan Hardy)

UEL can also co-supervise in the following four PhD pathways:

‘London Calling’, Banksy, Calais
Source: Syd Jeffers


Interested and qualified candidates are asked to contact the relevant academic colleagues listed above for discussion of your proposed research.

  • Deadline for initial applications and expressions of interest by updated to Monday 6th January 2020
  • Deadline for full applications updated to Friday 28th February 2020

UEL is also providing PhD supervision and training in the following pathways: 

Please visit the DTP Pathways page to find out more about each of these pathways.

Student on Docklands oral history audio trail
Source: Toby Butler

Co-funded studentships

The DTP has an ambitious programme of studentships that are co-funded by business and public sector organisations. Current collaborations are likely to be of particular interest to prospective students who want to work with new forms of consumer or travel data, and will give students first hand career experience of real world problem solving using state-of-the-art methods and data sources not normally available in the university sector. Applicants interested in working with Boots, EasyJet, the Local Data Company or Transport for West Midlands should consult the CDRC website for further details and direct enquiries to the Consumer Data Research Centre.

NERC DTP

There are also opportunities for joint studentships with the NERC DTP in areas of Geography at the social science/natural science interface. Please contact Dr Alan Ingram if you are interested in exploring this possibility.


Go back to the UBEL Doctoral Training Partnership main page.

Studying Royal Geographical Society archive
Source: Toby Butler