Education, Childhood and Youth


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About this project

The scope of the pathway at Hull covers psychological research into various aspects of how children develop social relationships to function as healthy adults in society. These include becoming a competent language user and understanding the mental lives of others. School achievement, especially literacy are also investigated, the relationship of these to sleep, as well as issues relating to well-being such as healthy eating. 

Hull perspective 

The Education, Childhood and Youth pathway at Hull will appeal to those interested in psychological approaches to understanding the challenges and opportunities for children and young people in the 21st century. With various methodologies, ranging from the psycho-social to the cognitive to the neuroscientific, students will be able to select the most appropriate to address contemporary research questions. How do children learn to relate to others and why this might go awry (autism)?  How does language develop as a core communicative skill? What psychological factors affect academic performance, underpin literacy and help explain dyslexia? How do young people learn to reason about their future health and wellbeing? How are some children’s additional needs, cognition and behaviour exacerbated by poor sleep?


You are strongly advised to contact a potential supervisor and to discuss your research proposal, well before you submit an application. Please refer to the Psychology research pages.

If you have any queries about the ESRC White Rose DTP Scholarships please email the theme lead Kevin Riggs, or the Programme Manager Dr Nigel Shaw.

Next steps


The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) is the UK's largest funding agency for research and postgraduate training relating to social and economic issues. At any one time, the ESRC supports over 4,000 researchers and postgraduate students in academic institutions and research policy institutes.

The University of Hull is part of the ESRC White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership - a collaboration between the Universities of Leeds, Sheffield and York, Sheffield Hallam, Hull, Bradford and Manchester Metropolitan University - and through this is able to offer a range of ESRC Postgraduate Scholarships. 

ESRC-funded postgraduates follow a 3-year PhD programme (known as a '+3') or a 4-year programme consisting of a Masters plus PhD (known as a '1+3')

The type of ESRC scholarship awarded is based on an applicant's residency status. UK and EU applicants who have been resident in the UK for at least 3 years immediately preceding the start of their course are eligible for the full scholarship. This pays:

  • the standard UK/EU tuition fees
  • an annual, tax-free maintenance stipend at the standard UK research rate (£14,496 in 2017-18)
  • access to Research Training Support Grant funds to support conference and other expenses
  • students may apply for additional funding to support overseas fieldwork, language training and overseas institutional visits.

UK and EU applicants who have not been resident in the UK for 3 years immediately preceding the start of their course may be eligible for a fees-only award, paying the standard UK/EU tuition fees only.

There is no funding for only a Masters degree.

Entry requirements

International students are not eligible for ESRC scholarships.

For 1+3 and +3 awards, applicants must hold at least a UK Upper Second Class Honours degree or equivalent (a less than sufficient undergraduate degree may be enhanced, e.g. by a Master's degree). Applicants who do not have a Masters should apply for a PhD and, if successful on the basis of their research proposal, will be offered funding for a Masters degree that fulfils the ESRC research training requirements in Social Research and a PhD.

Applicants applying for a +3 award must demonstrate that they have already completed the full research training requirements either through a Master's degree or equivalent experience.

Applicants whose first language is not English must meet the University's English Language requirements.

Applicants must live within a reasonable distance of the University of Hull whilst in receipt of the Studentship (except for time spent on agreed fieldwork).


Further details about the ESRC’s residency requirements and eligibility for funding can be found on the ESRC website.

ESRC funding commences on 1st October each academic year.

The University of Hull can accept applications to the five Interdisciplinary Themed Pathways of ESRC training in the 1+3 (Masters and PhD), +3 (PhD only), for both full and part-time study.  The Pathways and relevant subject areas at Hull are as follows:

In addition to the Themed Pathway awards, the White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) is pleased to announce 4 fully funded Advanced Quantitative Methods Awards starting September/October 2017. The DTP will give priority to those who will be working with large data sets (an ESRC priority). The DTP also has 2 Studentships to work on project areas that span the boundaries between Research Council remits.

How to apply

Applications for 2017/2018 entry will open in November 2016 with a closing date of Wednesday 1st February at 17.00.  

Application deadline: 1 February 2017


£14,496 (estimated in 2017-18)