PhD studentships

By supporting PhD studentships, N8 PRP aims to build collaborative research projects between academic and police partners. This means the knowledge and expertise of Higher Education can strengthen the evidence base of police policy, practice and training, supporting innovations that better serve communities.

Interested in a PhD in policing research?

Each N8 PRP institution has Academic Lead who will be able to give guidance on applying for a PhD at their institution. Their research profiles, with contact details, can be found here.

Completed PhD Studentships

As part of the Catalyst grant (2016-2020), the partnership has supported seven collaborative PhD studentships. Each of the N8 PRP institutions registered one PGR funded for three years, benefiting from advanced training, methods and skills development provided by the three Doctoral Training Centres (DTCs) that make up the N8. In line with the ESRC collaborative model of studentship, the projects were designed in conjunction with the policing partners and entailed substantive knowledge exchange components.


Core N8 PhDs

Doctoral training centres and partnerships

The White Rose Social Science Doctoral Training Centre

Combining the expertise of the White Rose Universities, the DTC delivers excellent supervision, first class training and a vibrant intellectual environment for postgraduate research students, the DTC enables PhD students to participate in national and international networks of industrial partners, opinion formers, policy makers and academics. It aims to produce doctoral graduates with outstanding skills and flexibility.

As a member of the DTC you will also:

  • be part of a vibrant and growing community of social science researchers
  • discover that it is easier to link and network with academics and student researchers both from within your discipline and beyond
  • be offered a range of broad based training opportunities
  • have increased access to training courses throughout the UK.


North West Doctoral Training Centre

The North West Doctoral Training Centre (NWDTC) is the largest Economic and Social Research Centre (ESRC) funded DTC in England, awarding a minimum of 63 new postgraduate studentships per year to support research and training at master’s and doctoral level. The NWDTC is one of 21 DTCs in the UK and brings together the Universities of Lancaster, Liverpool and Manchester. Studentships are available across the full range of social science disciplines and students have access to research expertise across the three constituent Universities. The North West DTC has been accredited between three institutions:

  • Lancaster University
  • The University of Liverpool
  • The University of Manchester


NINE DTP: Doctoral Training in Social Sciences in the North East and Northern Ireland

NINE DTP is a exciting new collaboration between seven universities producing world-class research across the full range of social science disciplines. NINE DTP builds upon the previous North East Doctoral Training Centre.

NINE provides an opportunity for you to be part of a community of academic excellence which is shaping the global future of social sciences while engaging with the challenges in our local communities.

Data Analytics and Society

Data Analytics and Society is an ESRC funded Centre for Doctoral Training which will provide postgraduate research and training for 52 students across four Universities:

  • The University of Leeds
  • Liverpool University
  • The University of Manchester
  • The University of Sheffield

The CDT will encourage significant advances which bring together social science with methods from computing, mathematics and the natural sciences.