Advertisement for LSS PhD studentships 2016‏ at Aston University



PhD Studentships in the School of Languages and Social Sciences

Reference Number: R150344

The School of Languages and Social Sciences (LSS) invites applications for one fully-funded and five fees-only PhD studentships from strong candidates in any of the research areas covered by the School. The studentships are for full-time study over three years, commencing in October 2016.

LSS is a multi-disciplinary research-focused School which brings together researchers in the areas of Languages (French, German, Spanish), Translation Studies, Politics and International Relations, Sociology and Policy, and English Language. Further information on the School’s research areas can be found here.

All candidates will initially be considered for the fully-funded studentship. For candidates who are unsuccessful in securing the fully-funded studentship, the School will offer up to five fees-only bursaries.

1 October 2016 start date with completion date of 30 September 2019

Financial Support

Will be provided to the successful applicant to cover the Home/EU fees rate (£4,052 in academic year 2015/6) plus a maintenance grant at the standard AHRC/ESRC rate (currently £14,057) with the corresponding standard increases in subsequent years. Applicants from outside the EU may apply for these studentships but will need to pay the difference between the ‘Home/EU’ and the ‘Overseas’ tuition fees (Overseas tuition fees are currently £12,500 in academic year 2015/6 so the difference to pay will be in the region of £8,448 per year).

Person Specification

The successful applicant should have a first class or good upper second class honours degree or equivalent qualification in a relevant subject area. They should have, or be near to completing, a postgraduate qualification such as a Masters or equivalent. An overall merit grade with merit in the dissertation is normally required.

The application form and details of entry requirements, including English language, are available at

For more details on how to apply please contact:

Mr Dan Thomson, LSS Research Manager


Tel: ++44 (0)121 204 3972

Closing Date: 29 February 2016

Interview dates to be confirmed.



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