PhDs in Partnership

Teesside University is a member of the following PhD consortia – which gives us the opportunity to deliver shared doctoral programmes in key research areas. Students benefit from collaboration with partner institutions, networks of peers and supervisors, and bespoke training programmes.

Any currently advertised PhD studentships at Teesside University are advertised here:

Doctoral Training Alliance

Teesside University is part of the Doctoral Training Alliance (DTA), a doctoral training initiative from University Alliance – Britain’s universities for cities and regions. The first DTA Applied Biosciences for Health was launched in 2015. The second, in Energy, launched in October 2016. The third, in Social Policy, launched in October 2017. Teesside University offers fully funded, three-year PhD studentships as part of all three DTA programmes.

The Doctoral Training Alliance, developed by a group of Alliance universities, builds on our research strengths and industry-focused ethos. The training will produce independent, highly-employable researchers with knowledge, expertise and skills in strategically-important research areas. It is the largest multi-partner and only nationwide initiative of its kind.

More about the Doctoral Training Alliance

Benefits to Students

  • Students will benefit from the world-class facilities, supervisors and support at their home institution as well as the wider DTA community.
  • DTA students are funded for up to three years, to include a generous stipend of up to approx. £15,000 per year, tuition fees (at the Home, EU or international rate), and a travel bursary to enable students to interact with colleagues across the Doctoral Training Alliance.
  • Students access a training programme to support the development of their advanced technical, subject-specific and generic skills, focusing on critical reasoning, research integrity, socio-economic context and impact.

Benefits to Industry and Employers

  • The DTA programmes are designed and delivered with industry partners to respond to business needs.
  • Students are be provided with entrepreneurship and knowledge exchange opportunities, and will learn in a multidisciplinary environment to ensure that they are ready to tackle the complex challenges of industry.
  • Alliance universities have an excellent range of applied research expertise, targeted at regional, national and international innovation challenges.

More information about applying for DTA opportunities at Teesside

 ESRC (Economic Social Research Council) Funded Scholarships in Social Sciences

Teesside University is part of the NINE (Northern Ireland North-East) DTP (Doctoral Training Partnership) collaboration. Following Teesside’s successful REF (Research Excellence Framework) submission in social policy, the University was invited to be part of a funded partnership between the Universities of Durham, Newcastle, Queens University Belfast, Northumbria, Sunderland and Ulster. The NINE DTP provides prospective students with an opportunity to apply for funded PhD study in two potential pathways. The Teesside pathways are sociology, social policy and social work and children, youth and families.

For all enquiries please contact Dr Ewan Ingleby at

More about the NINE DTP studentships

The Heritage Consortium

The Heritage Consortium is coordinated by the History Department at the University of Hull and comprises seven universities, including Teesside. The consortium works in partnership with eight regional, national and international heritage organisations and networks, and has a wider network of over 70 partner organisations, to deliver doctoral training and to promote research in all aspects of heritage.
More about the Heritage Consortium

The Consortium was established in 2013 and is supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. It aims to train the next generation of heritage professionals and researchers, to address skills shortages and to support the development of new skills to meet the needs of heritage research. The Consortium also serves as a conduit for the dissemination of ideas and best practice, and to encourage greater public engagement with heritage research.

As part of their training, the Consortium’s students take a 60-credit Masters Certificate in Heritage Research at the University of Hull, which introduces the contested character of heritage and the problems of its interpretation and presentation, and explores different disciplinary approaches and professional practices.

If you are interested in applying to study as part of the Heritage Consortium, please see the consortium website. Applications are submitted to the University of Hull in response to an annual call for applications.

North of England Consortium for Arts and Humanities (NECAH Consortium)

The North of England Consortium for Arts and Humanities is coordinated by the History Department at the University of Hull and comprises six universities, including Teesside. The Consortium delivers doctoral training and promotes research across the Arts and Humanities.
More about the NECAH Consortium

NECAH was established in 2014 to further develop the work of the Heritage Consortium and to collaborate across the Arts and Humanities. A key focus is the crossing of boundaries, both disciplinary and institutional, as reflected in the delivery of a shared, consortium-wide research training programme.

Expertise in NECAH covers a range of disciplines and fields, including archaeology; art and design; creative writing; cultural studies; digital arts and new media; drama and performing arts; English language and literature; film; gender studies; history; journalism; media studies and music.

Any currently advertised PhD studentships at Teesside University are advertised here: