[URBANTH-L] FUNDING: UK Social Policy and Migration Related PhD Studentships

Angela Jancius jancius at ohio.edu
Wed May 14 14:44:29 EDT 2008

From: Pero Davide <Davide.Pero at nottingham.ac.uk>

Could you please circulate the this email to the list on my behalf. 
Applicant from anthropology are particularly welcome.

With many thanks,


Dr Davide Però
Identity, Citizenship and Migration Centre
School of Sociology & Social Policy
University of Nottingham
University Park
Nottingham NG7 2RD

The University of Nottingham

School of Sociology and Social Policy

THREE full-time ESRC/CASE PhD Studentships and
ONE full-time School funded PhD Studentship

Applications are invited for four '+3' full-time studentships, to begin in 
October 2008.

THREE full-time studentships are supported by the ESRC and various other 
agencies under the CASE studentship scheme for work on three innovative 

1. UK Migration Policy in Practice: The Role of Public and Civic 

Supported by Migrants Rights Network (+3)

In recent years public policy bodies and civil society organisations have 
been drawn into the terrain of immigration and integration policy generating 
a new complex and uncharted scenario. This project aims to advance 
'integration' knowledge, theory, policy and practice by examining the role 
played by British public and civic sectors in the incorporation and 
accommodation of new migrants. The project will follow an 'anthropology of 
policy' approach and will be carried out through participant observation (at 
meetings, public events etc) and semi-structured interviewing (with public 
sector staff, civic activists, politicians, policy makers etc). The 
candidate is expected to have genuine commitment to the welfare of migrants.

The lead academic supervisor is Dr Davide Però and Professor Saul Becker.

2. A Symbolic Interactionist Approach to Mental Health Assertive Outreach

Supported by Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust (+3, or exceptionally 1+3)

This project reflects growing interest in the application of exacting social 
sciences' methodologies to the real world of NHS mental health services. 
Embedded observations of community mental health team work, case note 
reviews and interviews with clients and staff  will be used to explore the 
determinants of patients' assumed and attributed identities from a symbolic 
interactionist perspective. In order to conduct their fieldwork the student 
will also hold an honorary NHS contract which will authorise them to work 
alongside members of a community mental health team. Clinical benefits will 
include insight into the unintended social harm that can result from contact 
with mental health services.

The lead academic supervisor is Dr. Hugh Middleton, Associate Professor and 
Professor Stephen Joseph.

3. Help Seeking behaviour in People with Psychological Distress: Identifying 
Barriers and Issues

Supported by Nottingham City Primary Care NHS Trust (+3)

This research involves a study of help seeking behaviours for psychological 
distress in Nottingham, professional perceptions of psychological distress 
and the services available to provide support. The aim is to better 
understand how professional views and service configuration may be 
influencing help seeking behaviour in Nottingham City and to indicate 
directions for service change. The methodology will involve a postal survey, 
use of vignettes and in-depth interviews.

The lead academic supervisor is Professor Ian Shaw and Dr Hugh Middleton, 
Associate Professor.

4. School Funded PhD studentship (+3)

The School of Sociology and Social Policy is a leading interdisciplinary 
centre for social science research.  Major interests include, amongst 
others, health, children and families, public and social policy, cultural 
sociology, social work and social care, citizenship, globalisation, human 
rights, migration and ethnicity.  This doctoral study opportunity is open to 
any of the School's research areas and is not tied to holding an ESRC 
recognised Masters.

The Studentships
All 4 studentships cover all tuition fees at the Home/EU rate (£4,200 for 
08/09). CASE students will receive an annual tax-free maintenance award that 
will be at least £16,600 per year. The School funded PhD studentship will 
receive an annual tax-free maintenance award that will be at least £12,600 
per year. The Studentships provide additional funds for research support 

Candidates should have a good Honours degree in sociology, social policy, 
social work, public policy or a related discipline, and, for the +3 awards, 
have, or expect to have by autumn 2008, a Masters qualification from an ESRC 
recognised research training course or a Masters degree which includes a 
substantial research element or equivalent research experience in a work 

Further details of how to apply are available from Mrs Alison Haigh, 
Postgraduate Administrator, Tel: 0115 951 5354 or email: 
alison.haigh at nottingham.ac.uk

The closing date for applications is 5pm Thursday 12th June 2008.
Interviews will be held between 1st - 8th July 2008.

Postgraduate Scholarships
for the MA in Migration and Transnationalism
School of Sociology and Social Policy

2008 Entry

v The School of Sociology and Social Policy is delighted to offer 3 x £2,666
scholarships for students starting full-time or part-time study on the MA 
Programme - Migration and Transnationalism at the University of Nottingham 
in September 2008.

v The scholarship is open to Home, EU and International students

v Applications for the scholarships should be submitted to the School of 
Sociology and Social Policy by Friday 30th May 2008

v The scholarship winners will be notified by the end of June 2008.

v The University of Nottingham has an international reputation for 
excellence in teaching and research and for the environment in which 
students live and study.

v These scholarships contribute towards the tuition fee. In addition to the 
tuition fees for international students, we estimate that in 2008-2009 an 
international student unaccompanied by relatives will need approximately 
£700 per month for accommodation, maintenance, recreation and other expenses 
in the UK.


School of Sociology and Social Policy
University of Nottingham * University Park * Nottingham * NG7 2RD * UK

Tel: +44 (0) 115 846 7551  *  Fax: +44 (0) 115 951 5232

Email: Kathryn.clay at nottingham.ac.uk


The MA Migration and Transnationalism degree explores migration issues in a 
global context and provides students with advanced level sociological 
knowledge of debates on migration (including policy debates). It also 
provides a critical understanding of related concepts such as 'citizenship', 
'multiculturalism', and 'social cohesion'. Through a focus on these 
concepts, the MA will enable students to achieve advanced understanding of 
sociological debate and theory, and their intersection with debated and 
theory in other disciplines.

The MA in Migration and Transnationalism provides students with:

knowledge and understanding of how globalisation has affected migratory 
flows, and of the key issues and concepts connected to the movement and 
settlement of people in the contemporary world
awareness of what migration can mean for individuals and groups in terms of 
their ability to access human rights (social, economic and cultural as well 
as political and civil)
advanced level knowledge and understanding of refugee and other migrant 
groups' experience, and a capacity to critically deconstruct oppositional 
categories that have traditionally been used to classify migrants
knowledge and skills relevant to a range of careers in the field of 
migration, social cohesion and community relations (including those within 
refugee and migrant organisations, local authorities and other public 
bodies). Students will also gain the knowledge and skills relevant for a 
career in academia

Course Structure

The course is provided over 12 month period full-time. Students will take 
two core modules in the first semester, one of 15 credits, one of 30 
credits, and a further two core modules (adding up to 45 credits) in the 
second semester. They will also take an additional 30 credits of elective 
modules from an approved list, spread over the two semesters. Students will 
then continue to produce their dissertation (60 credits) over the summer 
vacation period. This course is also provided part-time.

All students must take the following core modules:

Migration, Mobility, Multiculturalism and Mobilisation (30 credits)
Transationalism (30 credits)
Research Methods and Dissertation Preparation (15 credits)
Civil Society: The role of NGOs (non-governmental organisations) (15 
In addition, students take a minimum of 10 credits and a maximum of 30 
credits from the following elective modules:

Globalisation, Citizenship and Identity (15 credits)
Human Rights and Modern Slavery (15 credits)
Non-Governmental Organisations (15 credits)
International Protection of Refugees (15 credits)
Globalisation and it Discontents (15/20 Credits)
Globalisation, Governance and Public Policy (10 credits)
Students may  take up to 20 credits from anywhere else in the University, 
subject to approval of the Course Director.

During the course we invite outside speakers who undertake research and/or 
advocacy work around human and citizenship rights in NGOs, international 
agencies, or media. There are good opportunities to undertake your own 
research. This can be achieved through both an independent project 
evaluating the work of a NGO of your choice, and through the dissertation. 
Your dissertation will be supervised by nationally and internationally 
renowned sociologists.


The core modules are assessed by written work of between 4,000 words (for a 
15 credit module) and 6,000 words (for 30 credit modules).  Optional modules 
may be assessed in a variety of ways, including essays and examinations. A 
dissertation of between 15,000 and 20,000 words in length must be submitted 
by the end of the summer period.

Entry Requirements

A 2:1 honours degree in a social science or humanities subject or its 
international equivalent will be normally be required. Students without this 
formal qualification but with other relevant qualifications or employment 
experience will be considered on an individual basis.  International 
students whose first language is not English are required to have the 
following English language qualifications before they can register on an 
academic programme: IELTS 6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element); TOEFL 
paper-based 573 (no less than 4.5 in TWE); TOEFL computer-based 230 (no less 
than 4.5 in essay rating); TOEFL iBT 88 (no less than 19 in any element).

However, applicants from certain countries may have these requirements 
waived subject to The University of Nottingham Policy for Waiving English 
Entry Requirements, see 


Apply online at https://pgapps.nottingham.ac.uk

Funding Opportunities

The School offers scholarships for this MA. Please see 
For further funding opportunities please see 

Please follow this link for a downloadable (PDF) version of the above course 

For further information please contact:

Postgraduate Secretary for Taught Masters Programmes, School of Sociology 
and Social Policy, The University of Nottingham, University Park, 
Nottingham, NG7 2RD, UK

t: +44 (0)115 846 7551
e: Kathryn.Clay at nottingham.ac.uk  or socspa at nottingham.ac.uk
w: www.nottingham.ac.uk/pgstudy/sociology 

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