Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

The ESSL Graduate School


The Graduate School in the Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law aims to promote an interdisciplinary doctoral research environment across the four Schools in the Faculty:

The ESSL Graduate School is also an administrative structure supporting the work of the four Schools in relation to postgraduate research.

It works closely with staff in Schools, in particular with Postgraduate Administrators and Postgraduate Research Tutors (PGRTs), to discuss and implement policies and initiatives in support of PhD researchers in the Faculty.

It also works with central offices in the University and oversees scholarship processes, and is involved in doctoral research training.

The Graduate School also oversees research training and the overall research environment across the Faculty.


PhD researchers in ESSL can be funded by sources including

Please use the Scholarships Database for a list of currently available funding opportunities.

Scholarships applicants must first apply for a place of study with the relevant School.


PhD researchers in ESSL can access training beyond their Schools, through:


The annual ESSL Graduate School Conferencebrings together PhD researchers from all four Schools in the Faculty. The conference is led by a team of volunteers from across the Faculty, and all PhD researchers in ESSL are invited to participate by giving a paper, presenting a poster or just attending on the day.

Other events are organised regularly in Schools and Research Institutes.

You can find a list of relevant pages, where events and other opportunities are advertised, at this link.



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