Thinking about doing a PhD? We are pleased to offer opportunites to undertake funded postgraduate research.

Current opportunities

South West and Wales Doctoral Training Partnership – fully funded PhD studentships

The SWW DTP’s studentship competition for September 2018 entry is now open.

The AHRC-funded South, West and Wales Doctoral Training Partnership (SWW DTP) is a collaboration between eight leading research universities and multiple arts, heritage, media, and government sector partners, working together to develop a new generation of arts and humanities researchers.

The SWW DTP is designed to lead a new generation of researchers into productive careers whether in academia or professional practice. They provide bespoke support and training tailored to your project and your career aspirations, enriched by the world-class expertise and state-of-the-art resources offered through the partnership.

SWW DTP students have unrivalled access to prestige organisations such as BBC Factual (Bristol), the British Library, Exeter Northcott Theatre, Historic England/English Heritage, London Metropolitan Archives, the National Museum of Wales, the National Trust, and the National Archives, among other partners.

The SWW DTP offers joint supervision arrangements between its partner universities. Students are provided with unparalleled access across institutional boundaries to the most relevant and cutting-edge expertise through these collaborative supervisory teams, ensuring an exceptional breadth and depth of coverage for your project.

This year, in addition to the standard studentship competition, the SWW DTP is issuing a call for applications for Collaborative Doctoral Awards (CDAs). Successful students will take up their awards in September 2018 with the SWW DTP.

Each CDA will be connected to a specific external partner. Supervision will be carried out by a representative from that organisation and at least two academic supervisors from within the consortium.

Please note that the deadline for expressions of interest to work on a CDA project is 14 December 2017.

Applying for a SWW DTP Studentship 

The studentship competition and application system will open on Monday 27 November 2017 and close on Thursday 11 January 2018. Applications must be submitted online and further information is available on the website.


  • They are looking for students from the UK or EU with evidence of exceptional promise for PhD study.
  • You will have a compelling project that will benefit from the expertise on offer, in and across their range of subjects and from their rich archival resources and network of professional partners.
  • You will have achieved at least a first degree at 2:2 or higher (or international equivalent), and have achieved or be working towards a postgraduate qualification.
  • They also encourage applications from those with non-traditional qualifications/routes who:
    • Have achieved at least a first degree at 2:2 or higher (or international equivalent) and are not presently working towards a postgraduate qualification, but who can demonstrate equivalent experience and aptitude for research in their field.
    • Have a first degree at lower than 2:2 (or international equivalent) but can demonstrate high achievement at postgraduate level.
  • Students without an undergraduate degree may be considered for an AHRC studentship only if they are able to demonstrate substantial equivalent and relevant experience that has prepared them to undertake their proposed course of study. In addition, in such cases, those applying for a doctoral studentship should have, or be studying for, a Master’s degree or similar postgraduate qualification.

Awards are made on academic merit with no fixed limit of students per institution or subject area.

Students applying for this scheme should bear in mind that they are expected to apply via the SWWDTP and their home institution simulatenously in order to be considered. Full guidelines can be found here.

Should you need help in contacting a potential supervisor at Bath Spa University, please email pgradmissions@bathspa.ac.uk for further assistance.

Postgraduate Master's degree loans

Those applying for study at MPhil level are eligible to apply for Postgraduate Master's degree loans.

Past opportunties

Institute for Education Postgraduate Research Studentships

The Institute for Education at Bath Spa University is an ideal setting in which to undertake your PhD. Our vision is to be a leading educational institution in creativity, culture and enterprise. We combine practice, research and teaching and are committed to transforming lives.

We have secured funding for PhD studentships designed to encourage innovative and transformative research in a range of areas.

In this round, we welcome applications in the following areas:

  • Disaster education: in particular research related to racial and / or class inequalities in information, guidance and preparedness policies and practice
    Led by Professor John Prestonemail: j.preston@bathspa.ac.uk
  • Cultural views of disability (D4D) – the ways in which people are included or excluded across society / societies
    Led by Professor Martin Levinsonemail: m.levinson@bathspa.ac.uk

Our PhD studentship will support you in planning and developing your career.  

You will have the opportunity work with academic staff in a range of teaching, learning and assessment activities to support student learning. Teaching will be paid at current University Graduate Teaching Assistant hourly rates. In addition, you can gain HEA accreditation (AFHEA) by taking the first part of the University’s Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education.

Studentships will be provided for three years, covering tuition fees for full time study at Home/EU rates and an annual stipend of £20,000.

The opportunity to work as a Graduate Teaching Assistant which allows you to carry out up to 6 hours of teaching and teaching support each week in term-time, in areas relating to the field of education will also be made available – subject to satisfactory progress, in line with institutional policy.

The award is offered full-time, applications for part-time study will not be considered.

Please indicate in your application that you are applying for a Studentship from the Institute for Education.

  • Application deadline: 10th December 2017
  • Candidates who are shortlisted for interview will be notified by 18th December 2017
  • Interviews for the studentships in Disaster Education and D4D will be held on the week of 15h January 2018.

Please email pgradmissions@bathspa.ac.uk for questions and further information.

Art and Design Studentships – September 2017

Bath School of Art and Design at Bath Spa University, in collaboration with the Sidney Nolan Trust, offered three PhD fee waiver studentships in Art and Design to start in the academic year 2017/18.

The studentships will provide:

  • A full tuition fee waiver for 3.5 years
  • A support fund of £1800 which may be used during the period of the studentship, to support research activities and/or resources such as specialist rraining, equipment or conference attendance.
  • Access to a wide-ranging Researcher Development programme
  • Opportunities to develop teaching skills by participating in Bath Spa's Graduate Teaching Assistant Scheme which includes registration on the CPLHE course, which leads to HEA accreditation.

We encourage applications for practice-based and/or theory-based research topics in these areas supported by our tremendous community of research active staff. For more details of their research interests please see the links below:

  • Art
  • Design

For more details of the Sidney Nolan Trust, a charity devoted to the life and work of this internationally celebrated artist based at The Rodd near Presteigne in Wales, please visit the Trust's website.

Dr Graham McLaren, Head of Research at Bath School of Art and Design will be available to answer queries regarding these opportunities during the week beginning 14 August 2017.

Contact Details:

Email: g.mclaren@bathspa.ac.uk

Telephone: +44 (0)1225 875520

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