Wednesday, 27 April 2016

MPhil/PhD Scholarship - The Student Experience and Labour Market Outcomes of Black Students in UK Higher Education Institutions

University of Greenwich - Faculty of Architecture, Computing and Humanities

Greenwich Campus
A fully-funded PhD studentship within the discipline of Sociology to undertake research on the experiences of Black students from African and Caribbean backgrounds in higher education and their labour market outcomes. The goal, for this PhD, is to gain an in-depth, qualitative and nuanced understanding of the socio-cultural practices and educational processes informing Black students engagement within higher education institutions and the particular challenges faced by this group in gaining employment after graduation. The PhD will broadly: Critically explore how intersected categories of ‘race’, ethnicity, gender, social class and migration are articulated in everyday talk of belonging within and across UK Higher education settings. Interrogate emerging complexities concerning the idea of a Black identity, and how this can be negotiated in higher educational contexts. Contribute to academic debates around concepts of ‘post-racial politics’ ‘racialisation processes’ and ‘superdiversity’, by considering how their relationship to changing racial schema and migrant settlement patterns over time influence institutional contexts and the provision of services to multi-ethnic groups. Examine the inter-relationship of family, schooling, community and social/cultural capital on Black students’ choice, experiences and outcomes in higher education and the labour market.
For further information please contact the supervisor:  Professor Tracey Reynolds
Bursary available (subject to satisfactory performance):
Year 1:  £14,296 Year 2:  In line with RCUK rate  Year 3: In line with RCUK rate
In addition, the successful candidate will receive a contribution to tuition fees equivalent to the university’s Home/EU rate, currently £4,121, for the duration of their scholarship. International applicants will need to pay the remainder tuition fee of £8,029 for the 2016/17 session and is subject to an annual increase. Scholarships are available for three years from the date scholars first register as an MPhil/PhD student with the university. Scholarships are available for full-time study only. Applicants must hold a Master’s degree (UK or UK equivalent) or a First Class or Upper Second Class Honours Bachelor’s in a relevant discipline.
For additional information about the scholarship and links to the application form please go to:
Please read this information before making an application. Applications need to be made online via  No other form of application will be considered.
All applications must include the following information. Applications not containing these documents will not be considered.
  • Scholarship Reference Number (Ref VCS-ACH-04-16) – included in the personal statement section together with your personal statement as to why you are applying
  • a research proposal *
  • a CV including 2 referees *
  • academic qualification certificates/transcripts and IELTs/English Language certificate if you are an international applicant or if English is not your first language or you are from a country where English is not the majority spoken language as defined by the UK Border Agency *
*upload to the supporting information section of the application form. Attachments need to be in PDF format.
The closing date for applications is midnight (UTC) on 30th June 2016
The scholarship must commence before 1st September 2016.

Application process

The application process step-by-step

Before completing the online application please read carefully the information below. Each application MUST include the following. Applications that do not have the required documentation will not be considered.

Required documentation

  1. Scanned copies of your transcripts
  2. Curriculum Vitae (CV), including the names of two referees
  3. A detailed research proposal of about 1,500 words (for scholarship applications, please see specific instructions in the advert)
  4. For international applicants, proof of English language proficiency. You don’t need to prove your knowledge of English if you can show you’re a national of one of the following countries OR if you have undertaken an undergraduate or Master’s qualification in one of these countries.
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Australia
  • The Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Canada
  • Dominica
  • Grenada
  • Guyana
  • Jamaica
  • New Zealand
  • St Kitts and Nevis
  • St Lucia
  • St Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • USA.
Applicants from all other countries will be required to provide an IELTS certificate, achieving 6.5 in each area, or provide an equivalent certificate.
These documents must be uploaded in the “QUALIFICATIONS” section of the online application form.

Scholarship student applications

Please include the scholarship reference number in the PERSONAL STATEMENT field in the “EMPLOYMENT/SUPPORTING INFO” section of the online application form.
If you have the required documentation available, your application should be made using the online application form.

What happens after you submit your application?

The process for recruiting students varies within the faculties, however all online applications are initially logged with the Admissions Office, so if you have a query please contact them in the first instance. Applications are then forwarded to Faculties for consideration. The department will contact you directly to arrange an interview if they wish to take your application further. You will be notified if your application is unsuccessful. If you are successful you will receive an offer from the Postgraduate Research Office. Please note that the recruitment process can take up to six to eight weeks. If you need a decision sooner due to a funding deadline, please make this clear on your application in the personal statement section of your application.

Replying to accept an offer

You must respond to an offer of admission within 30 days, or by the stated start date of your programme, whichever is earlier. If you do not respond, we will assume that you do not wish to accept the offer and the offer will be withdrawn. To confirm your acceptance of the offer, you must sign and date the offer of admission and return it to the Postgraduate Research Office by scanning it and e-mailing it to

Beginning your studies

Your start date will be on your offer of admission. Remember, you must fulfil all conditions of your offer before the start date of your programme.
If you are an international student and are paying tuition fees, or have a sponsor who is paying fees, you must pay a deposit before a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) reference number can be obtained from UKVI. The balance of any fees due must also be paid in full before the start date.
You are expected to attend the department on the morning of the start date of your studies. You may not join the programme later than the date stated on the offer of admission.