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Social science experts of the future brought to Wales

04 February 2011

Students in library

Wales’ leading universities have won a multi-million pound award to train top-level social scientists on a range of issues affecting society today.

The establishment of a Doctoral Training Centre will allow more than 30 new postgraduate studentships to be offered every year in Wales for the next five years.

The postgraduates will be trained in a range of important disciplines, including social policy, psychology, economics, environmental planning and linguistics.

Cardiff University will lead a Wales consortium with Aberystwyth, Bangor and Swansea in creating the Doctoral Training Centre, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

Other subject areas which will attract the fully funded studentships include education, human geography, management and business studies, political science and international studies, science and technology studies, social work and social care, criminology, sociology, bilingualism, language based area studies and empirical studies in law.

Postgraduate students

Full details of the studentships and how to apply will be available soon via the websites of the collaborating universities.

The Wales consortium forms part of a national network of 21 accredited Doctoral Training Centres across the UK judged by the ESRC to deliver truly excellent postgraduate training provision.

Dr David Grant, Vice-Chancellor Cardiff University said: "This successful collaboration furthers Wales’ international reputation for excellence in the social sciences.

"In gaining accreditation, the Wales Doctoral Training Centre has demonstrated excellence in the breadth of its social science postgraduate training, which is integrated into the highest quality research environment"

Professor Terry Marsden, Dean of the Cardiff University Graduate College said: "The ESRC Wales Doctoral Training Centre will deliver the very best training to students from right across the social science research base. Such training will be delivered in an interdisciplinary research environment that nurtures intellectual and professional growth and in which postgraduate researchers can thrive."

The studentships will start at the Wales Doctoral Training Centre in October 2011.

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