For all studentships, students must have qualifications of the standard of a good honours degree at first- or upper second-class level, from a UK academic higher education institution. Degree qualifications gained from outside the UK, or a combination of qualifications and/or experience that is equivalent to a relevant UK degree, may be accepted.
The ESRC reserves the right to deal as it sees fit with applications of an unusual character.
+3 Awards – The ESRC expects that applicants embarking on a +3 programme would have achieved a level of research training that would allow them to proceed directly to PhD; this is usually through the attainment of a previous Master’s qualification in the social sciences.
The South Coast DTP is able to accept applications from UK and International applicants to all of our accredited disciplines/pathways, however due to UKRI funding conditions, awards to non-UK residents are capped at 30% of our overall allocation.
To be classed as a home/UK student, candidates must meet the following criteria:
- Be a UK National (meeting residency requirements below), or
- Have settled status, or
- Have pre-settled status (meeting residency requirements below), or
- Have indefinite leave to remain or enter
If a candidate does not meet the criteria above, they would be classed as an International student.
You should refer to the UKRI terms and conditions of training grants for full details.
The UK includes the United Kingdom and Islands (i.e. the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man).
In terms of residency requirements for UK nationals, for courses starting from 1 August 2021,
candidates will continue to be eligible for home fee status as long as:
- they were living in the EEA or Switzerland on 31 December 2020, and have lived in the
EEA, Switzerland, the UK or Gibraltar for at least the last 3 years before starting a course
in the UK
- have lived continuously in the EEA, Switzerland, the UK or Gibraltar between 31
December 2020 and the start of the course
- the course starts before 1 January 2028
Eligibility on these grounds will only be available for courses starting up to seven years from the
last day of the transition period (i.e. on 31 December 2027 at the latest).
Children of UK nationals will also be eligible for support on the same terms, even if they are not
themselves UK nationals, as long as both the UK national and the child meet the conditions listed
This will not apply to Irish nationals living in the UK and Ireland whose right to study and to
access benefits and services will be preserved on a reciprocal basis for UK and Irish nationals
under the Common Travel Area arrangement.
EU Settlement Scheme
EU, EEA or Swiss citizens can apply to the EU Settlement Scheme to continue living in the UK
after 30 June 2021. If successful, applicants will get either settled or pre-settled status. Those
with pre-settled status will qualify as a home student if they have 3 years residency in the
UK/EEA/Gibraltar/Switzerland immediately before the start of their course.
Indefinite leave to remain (ILR) or Indefinite leave to enter (ILE)
Candidates with ILR or ILE can continue to live in the UK without applying to the EU Settlement
If a candidate does not meet the criteria above, they would be classed as an International