PhD Scholarships at the Canterbury Christ Church University

Deadline: 30 April 2015
Open to: applicants across a range of subjects and themes: Education, Studies in Childhood, Youth & Parenthood, Health & Social Care, Arts & Humanities or Social & Applied Science
Scholarship: covers tuition fee plus stipend of £11,700 annually


Canterbury Christ Church University has around 220 research students (2013/14) registered on full-time and part-time research degrees. Most are studying at our Canterbury Campus. Being part of a small, friendly research community, at the heart of which is our Graduate School , offers you many benefits. You’ll always have direct access to personal support, opening up opportunities for in-depth academic discussion and interaction, not just within your field of study but across the range of academic disciplines.

Applicants are welcome to apply for full-time PhD scholarships (a stipend of £11,700 pa, amount under review and tuition fee waiver for three years). Applications are invited across a range of subjects and themes:

  • Education: Auto/Biography and Narrative; Children, Families and Communities; Curriculum: Creativity and Innovation; Inclusion, Equalities and Social Justice; Post Secular Values and the Sacred; Professional, Organisational and Leadership Development;
  • Contemporary Studies in Childhood, Youth & Parenthood:  Politics of Early Childhood; Discourses of Inclusion and Exclusion; Parents and Families;
  • Health & Social Care:  Allied health professions; Nursing & Midwifery; Public Health;
  • Arts & Humanities:  American studies; Applied Linguistics; Archaeology; English Literature; History; Film Studies; Theology & Religious Studies; Music; Media & Cultural Studies, Performing Arts;
  • Social & Applied Sciences: Biological Sciences; Business & Management & Finance; Computing: Criminal Justice; Geography; Psychology; Politics & International Relations; Sociology; Sport and Exercise Science; Tourism Studies.


Acceptance onto research programmes will be in accordance with the following criteria:

  • a suitable academic background. You’ll be expected to have a relevant degree of at least an Upper Second Class Honours (2:1) and two academic references;
  • a successful interview;
  • availability of appropriate supervision;
  • available resources (time, equipment, fieldwork expenses, library access) are sufficient to permit completion of the research;
  • your research topic is aligned with the University’s research priorities (in the case of University funded scholarships);
  • for International students, compliance with the UK Border Agency current regulations for Tier 4 visa students.


Full-time MPhil/PhD scholarships awarded by the University cover the costs of full-time tuition, and provide a maintenance grant. For the academic year 2015-2016 the maintenance grant is set at £11,700 (currently under review / subject to review in subsequent years).

If a scholarship holder already holds a scholarship from, or is otherwise financially supported by, another organisation, and the University considers that scholarship or other form of support to be sufficient to cover maintenance and tuition fees, the scholarship holder will not be eligible for a full-time scholarship from the University. If a University scholarship holder is subsequently granted an additional scholarship or an equivalent form of support, he or she will not be entitled to a full University scholarship from the date on which the new scholarship or other form of support begins.

For more informations about terms and conditions please click here

How to apply?

To apply for a research degree, you’ll need to provide:

  • A completed research degree application form
  • A 1,500 word research proposal using the standard Christ Church research proposal format
  • Two academic referees who can comment authoritatively on your research potential
  • Evidence that you have a good bachelor degree (or equivalent) where your dissertation is written in English (NB some subjects require a higher entry qualification)

For more informations please chceck the official web-site

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