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Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Delivering Doctoral Training in the Social Sciences 

The Northern Ireland and North East Doctoral Training Partnership (“NINE DTP”) is a new and exciting collaborative enterprise between seven Universities across Northern Ireland and the North East of England. Funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, with support from the Department for the Economy Northern Ireland (DfENI), we provide outstanding students with fantastic opportunities to conduct their Doctoral studies and develop core research skills in an exciting and creative environment. 

Each year, we award in excess of 50 studentships to exceptional social scientists across our seven partner Universities, providing funding to support Doctoral studies on three year (PhD), three-and-a-half year (PhD with Research Methods) or four year (Masters and PhD) programmes. We are committed to working with our award-holders, partners and collaborators to deliver an innovative and engaging experience, allowing our students to deliver real-world impact whilst developing into the next generation of social scientists. 

Northern Bridge Consortium is a Doctoral Training Partnership funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. 

It brings together the cutting-edge expertise and exceptional resources of Durham University, Newcastle University, Northumbria University, Queen’s University Belfast, Sunderland University, Teesside University and Ulster Universityand their strategic partners. 

We offer up to 67 fully funded studentships per year to outstanding postgraduate researchers across the full range of Arts and Humanities subjects, including Creative Practice disciplines. 

Northern Bridge students benefit from supervision, training and development of the highest quality, tailored to the needs of 21st-century researchers. 





RADMA is focused on the needs of researchers, practitioners and students of research technology and innovation management. It is closely associated with the R&D Management Journal and conferences.  RADMA also supports R&D Today, its outreach website, highlighting useful research, tools and case-studies for practitioners and R&D managers

The Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Photonic Integration and Advanced Data Storage is a partnership between Queen’s University Belfast and the University of Glasgow which aims to tackle some of the challenges created by the increasing quantities of data generated by today's society. 

The Centre's focus is on developing highly-manufacturable photonic integration technologies related to the magnetic storage of digital information.  However, the development of these technologies will be relevant to a wide spectrum of end-users – from telecommunications to biophotonics, in which optical technologies are applied to living organisms and health care.  Established in 2014 with substantial investment from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), both universities and industrial partners including Seagate, the industry leader in hard disc drives and storage solutions, the Centre will help to address a skills shortage in the photonics industry by educating fifty future scientists and engineers over the next eight years.

The CDT offers students a cutting-edge research environment to undertake a diverse and exciting range of topical doctoral research projects which cut across physics, materials and electrical and optical engineering through to applications as diverse as data storage and biosciences.  Our doctoral training programme provides a framework for student cohorts to be educated, trained and to learn from industry best practice in distributed working whilst developing specialist technical skills alongside innovation and business skills. 

The AHSS JETSET award will support you in being able to take part in an international activity during the 23/24 academic year that will enrich your degree and support your skill development relevant to your chosen career.
This award is available to current QUB students studying within the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Apply for £250 to support your local skills development in 2023-24.

Taking local opportunities to expand your learning outside of the classroom is essential during study. The Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences have opened a new round of awards for students undertaking domestic placements, skill development programmes, attending workshops or conferences or completing short courses during their degree. These should be completed in UK/ROI only. This award is available to current QUB students studying within the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. Awards of £250 may be made to support you taking part in an activity inside of UK/ ROI. The activity must add value to your degree, enhance your skills and be relevant to your chosen career. Application necessary, awards are subject to funding availability, terms and conditions apply.