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.

Sheffield University Mixed Methods Education and Research (SUMMER)

Date - Thursday, 15th June 2017 (9:30 am - 5:30...

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Crossing Boundaries: preparing for careers and influence in government, industry and business consultancy

Date - Monday, 22nd May 2017 (9:30 am - 4:30...

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Latest News

Call for Abstracts: WRDTC 6th Annual Conference – Thursday 29th June 2017

The 6th annual WRDTC Conference will take place at the University of Sheffield on Thursday...

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Session Materials – Webinar: Learning to read more critically: some conceptual tools from critical discourse analysis

The Education Pathway held a very successful webinar on 24 April 2017. Professor David Hyatt...

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Our Collaborations

The DTP 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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DTP ESRC Studentships & Funding

The DTP offers a minimum of 38 ESRC PhD studentships/awards per annum. The 2017-18 WRDTP ESRC studentships/awards competitions are now open.

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