Research Studentships in Health and Well-Being and Quantitative Methods

funded by the Economic and Social Research Council

Lancaster University forms part of the ESRC's North West Doctoral Training Centre (NWDTC). A large number of studentships, covering tuition and maintenance, are available for those wishing to study in areas covered by the ESRC at Lancaster, Liverpool or Manchester. Some studentships are reserved for students seeking joint supervision across two or more partner institutions.

Details of the provision and funding offered by the NWDTC are available here.

The Faculty of Health and Medicine has Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) funding for research studentships within the broad areas of i) Health and Well-being; and ii) Quantitative Methods. Applicants for the Health and Well-being pathway must be residents of the UK or the EU. Studentships in Quantitative Methods are open to candidates of any nationality.

Health and Well-Being Pathway

The Health and Well-being pathway aims to attract suitably qualified students and practitioners wishing to undertake doctoral research within a broad remit of health and well-being from a social science perspective. Any area of research that fits within this pathway will be considered, but applications are particularly welcome from individuals with interests in the broad areas of ageing, disability, end of life care, health equity, mental health or mental well-being.

Quantitative Methods Pathway

Within the area of Quantitative Methods, applications are particularly welcome from candidates with interests in epidemiology or statistical methods relevant to the social sciences.

Candidates for these studentships should provide a full CV together with a covering letter explaining their motivation for undertaking PhD studies and an indication of any research areas or topics that would be of particular interest to them.

Please send these materials to Dawn McCracken, to reach her by 4th February.

Suitably qualified candidates will be encouraged to refine their research proposals in consultation with potential supervisors.

Finalised applications for studentship funding must then be submitted on a NWDTC application form to the university by 16th March 2013. Applications will be judged competitively within a pool of applications across the whole or the relevant pathway within the DTC.

In order to be eligible for ESRC studentship funding candidates must hold a firm offer of a place to study at Lancaster. They should thus complete an online application clearly indicating in their application that they wish to be considered for an ESRC studentship.

Please direct enquiries about making an online application for doctoral study in the Faculty of Health and Medicine to

Successful candidates will receive funding either for three or four years according to their academic background and programme of study. Four-year awards will be structured as 1+3 years, consisting of a full-time taught Masters in the first year followed by three years of PhD study. In all cases, continuation of the award beyond the first year will be subject to satisfactory academic progress.


  • We recommend that you contact the staff involved before making your application.
  • For more information see applying for doctoral study.

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