To support our postgraduate training strategy 2017-2022 we have published a new set of Postgraduate Training and Development Guidelines. You can also access our 2009 guidelines which apply to Doctoral Training Centres (DTCs).

Postgraduate Training and Development Guidelines 2015

To support our postgraduate training strategy 2017-2022 we have published a new set of Postgraduate Training and Development Guidelines which set out our detailed expectations for research training. This training includes a compulsory foundation in a broad range of social science research methods, basic research skills, and broader capabilities such as communication and leadership skills. 

The guidelines indicate the minimum requirements that Research Organisations (ROs) will need to meet to provide high-quality core training across all areas. We expect that the training and development provided to ESRC-funded social science postgraduate researchers will go above and beyond these minimum requirements and draw upon the strengths within or across individual ROs

The requirements specified in these guidelines will apply:

  • from September 2015 for proposals for Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTPs) and Centres for Doctoral Training (CDT)
  • from October 2017 for all new ESRC-funded studentships.

Postgraduate Training and Development Guidelines 2009

The Postgraduate Training and Development Guidelines 2009 apply to all ESRC funded studentships at Doctoral Training Centres (DTCs). The guidelines set out our expectations for DTCs including training content, indicating the core requirements across training in general research skills, research methods and transferable skills. They also set out the criteria which were used to assess DTC applications.