You are here

Study and Career

MSc and PhD Opportunities in Social Statistics, Demography and Global Health at the University of Southampton

The Department of Social Statistics and Demography at the University of Southampton is looking for candidates to study social statistics, demography, quantitative social science or global health at both MSc and PhD levels. They have an excellent history of successful applications for funding through the ESRC South Coast Doctoral Training Partnership (SCDTP) for standalone PhD studies (a +3 award), or for Masters + PhD studies together (a 1+3 award).

The department wants to encourage and support candidates who share our disciplinary interests to submit competitive applications for these SCDTP awards. For anyone interested in our Social Statistics and Demography PhD programme, they also want to highlight that some of the SCDTP awards will be steered towards advanced training in Advanced Quantitative Methods (AQM) and the use of ESRC Data Sets. The deadline for applications for 2018/19 is 24th January 2019.

The Department of Social Statistics and Demography

The Department is the leading centre for demographic research and research in survey and official statistics in the UK, providing an excellent and stimulating environment to conduct research. Our academic staff specialise in many disciplines, for instance, family demography, population/global health, adolescence and youth, statistical demography and statistical methodology applied to social science. Many of the faculty members are associated with the Centre for Population Change (CPC), which is an ESRC centre of research excellence, the Centre for Global Health and Policy (GHaP), the National Centre for Research Methods (NCRM) and the Southampton Statistical Sciences Research Institute (S3RI). The Department has extensive research partnerships with national and local Government, the Office for National Statistics and many third sector organisations, facilitating the potential impact of research for policy and practice.

The South Coast Doctoral Training Partnership

The SCDTP is a collaboration between the universities of Southampton, Brighton and Portsmouth, and funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). It has at least 38 studentships to award for study commencing in the 2019/20 academic year across a number of subject areas. It is organised into five thematic pathways: Population Change, Health & Wellbeing; Sustainability, Environment & Resilience; Citizenship, Governance & Security; Global Economies and Business Innovation; or Learning, Knowledge & Behaviour. Research on statistical methodology or an area that does not naturally fit into one of these pathways are encouraged. In terms of funding, the SCDTP provides an annual maintenance grant of £14,777 and access to funds for carrying out fieldwork, purchasing essential equipment and attending conferences.


For all SCDTP studentships, candidates must have qualifications of the standard of a good honours degree at first- or upper second-class level, and a previous Master’s qualification in the social sciences for +3 students.

The SCDTP is able to recruit a limited number of overseas and EU students for training that relates to Advanced Quantitative Methods (AQM) or Economics. In all other areas, students must be considered as UK residents (see here for more information).

Projects within the Department

You may design your own research project or apply to one of three that have been approved by the SCDTP. These are:

Adolescent and young adult life in the UK: exploring the use of technology and social media on well-being and relationships with Dr Brienna Perelli-Harris

New Methodologies For Analysing Longitudinal Data on Homelessness with Professor Ann Berrington and Professor Peter Smith alongside the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government

Risk and Resilience in the Transition to Adulthood: Risky trajectories but positive mental health outcomes among the UK Millennium Cohort with Professor Ann Berrington and Dr Heini Vaisanen.

More information

If you would like to discuss these opportunities and how your application might be supported for an SCDTP award, please be in touch with A.R.Channon [at] (Dr Amos Channo)n as soon as possible. We would also encourage you to look at our research and staff webpages to identify and contact potential supervisors.


More information
United Kingdom
University of Southampton
University of Southampton