Student political activism in students' own words, c.1945-2000
PhDs and postgraduate research
Funded (UK/EU/International students)
School of Area Studies, History, Politics and Literature
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Applications are invited for a fully-funded three-year PhD or four-year Masters and PhD studentship to commence in October 2021.
The studentship is funded by the ESRC South Coast Doctoral Training Partnership (SCDTP), a collaboration between the universities of Portsmouth, Southampton and Brighton.
The studentship covers tuition fees and an annual maintenance grant of £15,285 (2020/21 rate).
The work on this project will:
- Investigate how we can use digitised historical student newspapers, to create an open source dataset of student voices that can be analysed using big data techniques.
- Explore what an analysis of the student press tell us about the political views and activity of students across the second half of the twentieth century.
- Examine how the inclusion of students' voices change our historical understanding of student politics and student activism.
All candidates must hold a good honours degree (2:1 and above) from a recognised higher education institution. Please note, students applying without a Master's qualification containing a substantial Social Sciences methods component may be required to complete such a Master's beforehand. The Master's will be fully funded by the SCDTP and will be run from the University of Southampton.
English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.
As well as analytical and research skills, you would need a working knowledge of some basic techniques associated with digital humanities (for example OCR, Python, Regular Expressions), quantitative and qualitative methods.
How to apply
The first thing you will need is a University supervisor to support your SCDTP application, so you’ll need to contact the project supervisors before you submit an application.
The project will require you to discuss possible methods and research design as well as detailing how your skills, background, and research interests match the project.
It is therefore very important that you discuss the project with the supervisor. Full instructions are given on the SCDTP application form and there are different word limits depending on whether you are applying for a 1+3 (ie Masters in Social Research Methods plus PhD) or +3 (PhD only).
When applying to the University, please quote project code: SDTP5750121