The White Rose Social Science Doctoral Training Centre, accredited by the Economic and Social Research Council in 2011, is a collaboration across the social sciences at the Universities of Leeds, Sheffield and York.

The White Rose DTC

why white rose By combining the expertise of the White Rose Universities, the DTC delivers excellent supervision, first class training and a vibrant intellectual environment for postgraduate research students. It enables PhD students to participate in national and international networks of industrial partners, opinion formers, policy makers and academics. It aims to produce doctoral graduates with outstanding skills and flexibility.

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Training Courses

training courses

The DTC offers a wide range of 3 and 4 year programmes leading to the award of a PhD. Formal and informal training courses, seminars, summer schools and workshops sit alongside the support of academic supervisors, Departments and Faculties, and the provision of opportunities beyond the University, to create a research environment in which postgraduates can thrive.

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Training Pathways

The DTC has twenty training pathways in the following areas: Sociology, Social Policy, Politics and International Relations, Human Geography, Psychology, Management and Business, Economics, Education, Socio-legal Studies, Language Based  Area Studies, Social Work, International Development, Planning, Environment and Sustainability, Linguistics and Language Sciences, Social History, Communication and Media Studies, Health and Wellbeing, Security, Conflict and Justice, and Science and Technology Studies.

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Upcoming Events

The DTC offers a range of events hosted by each of the White Rose Universities, some are training Pathway specific and others of interest to all PhD students.

In an age of mobility and migration: what sort of city do we aspire to be?

Date - Tuesday, 13th October 2015 (5:00 pm - 7:00...

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Conducting Fieldwork in Development Contexts: Expectations, Encounters and Entanglements

Date - Monday, 30th November 2015 (9:00 am - 5:30...

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WRDTC Welcome Event 2015

Date: Friday 23 October 2015 Venue: Sheffield United Football Club, Bramall Lane, Sheffield. We warmly welcome all...

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The new PGR Forum is designed for doctoral researchers in the Social Sciences based at...

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Our Collaborations

The DTC is seeking a substantial increase in the number and type of collaborative opportunities available to PhD students. Collaborations are sought in non academic organisation in the public, private or third sector on projects that have been developed with the partner and include substantive knowledge exchange.

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ESRC Studentships & Funding

The DTC offers a minimum of 48 fully funded ESRC PhD studentships per annum. The 2015-16 ESRC studentships competition is now open.

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