BME MPhil/PhD Studentships in the School of Social Sciences

Updated: 9 days ago
Location: London, ENGLAND
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 07 May 2021

The University of Westminster has one of the most diverse student bodies in the UK, with a high percentage of Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) students. Yet some UK BME students remain under-represented at the higher levels of research, including at doctoral level. In response to the University’s Statement on Black Lives Matter , the School of Social Sciences is funding three full PhD studentships starting in September 2021 for UK-permanent residents who are from one of the following BME groups:

  • Black (Black or Black British African, Black or Black British Caribbean, Black or Black British other or Mixed Black or Black British)
  • Pakistani (Pakistani or Pakistani British, or Pakistani Mixed or Pakistani Mixed British)
  • Bangladeshi (Bangladeshi or Bangladeshi British, or Bangladeshi Mixed or Bangladeshi Mixed British)

The successful candidate will have exceptional research potential in one or more Social Science disciplines: Criminology, International Relations, Politics, Psychology or Sociology. 

The studentships will consist of:

A fee waiver and an annual stipend of £17,285 (20/21 rate, raising each year in line with UKRI increases) for three years.* This includes London weighting. 

The studentships will include a comprehensive personal and professional development training and mentoring programme provided through the University of Westminster Graduate School. The researchers will have the opportunity to join the University’s BME Network. The researchers will join a School that is strongly committed to decolonising and diversifying policies, practices and cultures within, and beyond, Higher Education.  

For queries about any aspect of the application process, or informal enquiries about areas of research, please contact the relevant PhD Co-ordinator:

Politics and International Relations


Sociology and Criminology

Entry requirements and how to apply

Candidates should normally have a minimum classification of 2.1 in their Bachelor Degree or equivalent and preferably a Masters degree. Applicants whose secondary level education has not been conducted in the medium of English should also demonstrate evidence of appropriate English language proficiency normally defined as IELTS: 6.5 (overall score with not less than 6.0 in any of the individual elements).

We encourage you to reach out and make informal contact with a potential supervisor in the School of Social Sciences to discuss your proposed research. We have summarised the research interests of our staff here:

You can read more about what should be in a PhD research proposal here:

You can read more about our entry requirements here:

To make an application, follow the link below to apply for the programme most appropriate to your research.

Applications should be submitted via UCAS by 5pm on Friday 7th May 2021. Interviews will take place at the start of June, through online video communication.

It is essential you include the title of the studentship in your application header i.e. “BME Studentship”.

Note that the programme appears as MPhil on UCAS, however there is an option on the form to request PhD via MPhil, which is the standard route:

* Minimum full-time enrolment before submission is 33 months. Fee waivers are in place for the three-year studentship. Following that there is a six month no fee period for writing up. Should a doctoral research student not have submitted by the end of the no fee period then a £1,500 fee is applicable.

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