We fund students undertaking Masters + PhD programmes (1+3 funding) and stand-alone PhD programmes (+3 funding).

In addition to covering the cost of all programme fees, those in receipt of a South Coast DTP studentship award will also receive an annual maintenance grant of £15,009  (2019/20 RCUK rate).  South Coast DTP PhD students will also have access to additional funding for things such as carrying out fieldwork, purchasing essential equipment and attending relevant conferences.

In addition to our Open Call for student-inspired projects, we are also accepting applications to the projects listed below.  To apply for any of these projects, or to the open call, please complete the relevant application forms by clicking on the ‘Apply’ tab at the top of the page.

University of Brighton

University of Portsmouth

University of Southampton

University of Brighton

Algorithmic care: exploring use and use scenarios for artificial intelligence in hospital-based digital health and care platforms (University of Brighton)

A multi cohort study of resilience pathways for adolescents facing social-class inequalities (University of Brighton)

A study of the non-tariff measures (NTMs) restricting exporting capacity of businesses in the south coast of UK (University of Brighton)

Brexit referendum and financial stability of UK companies (University of Brighton)

Contemporary arts champions, SMEs development and tourism productivity in West Africa (University of Brighton)

Coproducing primary care: the role of community-primary care partnership in addressing inequality (University of Brighton)

Dissonance in attitudes about open markets and labour migration: what are the implications for ‘post Brexit’ European social policy? (University of Brighton)

Effecting and affecting system change to improve the lives of people living with multiple and complex needs (University of Brighton)

Generational re/imaginings of automobile futures in transport industry and policy and in everyday mobilities (University of Brighton)

‘Living well’ in the context of climate change: Lessons from Latin America (University of Brighton)

Metals and mineral demand in a low-carbon economy (University of Brighton)

Public inquiries as a method for public policy accountability and influence (University of Brighton)

Querying ethics, knowledge cultures, and ethnicity in Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccine refusal (University of Brighton)

Social exclusion and suicidal distress in LGBTQ+ communities in Brighton & Hove (University of Brighton)

The impact of migrant remittances on promoting small and medium-sized enterprises in home countries (University of Brighton)

Understanding the link between climate change campaigning and policy outcomes (University of Brighton)

‘Zero-responders’ in emergencies: understanding public intervention and collective resilience to improve social policy design and implementation (University of Brighton)

University of Portsmouth

Area Studies

Examining the changing nature of student political activism through student’s voices, c.1945-2000 (University of Portsmouth)

Mental health, wellbeing and resilience of care leavers: Making sense of their perspectives (University of Portsmouth)

The policy impacts of mental health and wellbeing in Higher Education in the UK (University of Portsmouth)



Outsmarting the liars in collective interviewing to facilitate lie detection (University of Portsmouth)

It takes two to tango: Understanding autistic people’s mental states and facial expressions (University of Portsmouth)

Can virtual reality (VR) help motivate and support marginalised young people to reduce risky behaviour? (University of Portsmouth)

Stakeholder engagement for employment of autistic adults (University of Portsmouth)

An evidence-based approach to promoting honesty in child witnesses (University of Portsmouth)

Examining the utility of individuating strategies in collaborative recall contexts (University of Portsmouth)

Scaffolding memory accuracy in ageing: The role of metacognition, strategies, and memory aids (University of Portsmouth)

University of Southampton


The effect of the formation and composition of deliberating groups on social preferences (Economics)(University of Southampton)



Small businesses, place and industrial success (Geography)(University of Southampton)

Why is small scale agriculture unsustainable in Odisha, India? (Geography) (University of Southampton)

Shrinking worlds? Young women’s experiences of austerity and loneliness (Geography) (University of Southampton)

Wasted food, poor health, sad planet: optimising householders’ food behaviour for health outcomes, food security and resource efficiency (Geography)(University of Southampton)

Examining the spatio-temporal patterns of diarrhoeal disease incidence from routinely collected clinical data (Geography)(University of Southampton)

Imaginative histories and geographies of Britain in British politics, 1945-2020 (Geography)(University of Southampton)



Changing support and family structures in Japan and the impact on older people’s wellbeing (Gerontology)(University of Southampton)

The role of pensions in the income strategies among ethnic elders in the UK (Gerontology)(University of Southampton)


Health Sciences

Understanding the personal networks of support relevant to older people with complex care needs in marginalised communities’ and their ability to adapt to increasingly ‘digitalised’ health care (Health Sciences)(University of Southampton)

An investigation of gendered patient-doctor interaction in UK primary health care (Health Sciences)(University of Southampton)


Politics and International Relations

Ethical governance of military machine intelligence (Politics and International Relations) (University of Southampton)

Global Constitutionalism in an Era of Resurgent State Sovereignty (Politics and International Relations) (University of Southampton)

Mill’s Harm Principle and Contemporary Public Policy (Politics and International Relations) (University of Southampton)

Exploring the role of Community Health Workers in Maternal and Child Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights in Central and South America (Politics and International Relations)(University of Southampton)



The relationship between music engagement, creativity and wellbeing in adolescents and young adults: longitudinal models and cross-sectional investigations (Psychology)(University of Southampton)

Understanding our 3D world (Psychology) (University of Southampton)

The relationship between head injury and aggression in minors over time (Psychology)(University of Southampton)


Social Statistics and Demography

New Methodologies For Analysing Longitudinal Data on Homelessness (Social Statistics & Demography) (University of Southampton)

Mental health outcomes of children exposed to domestic abuse in low- and middle-income countries (Social Statistics & Demography) (University of Southampton)

Improving hypertension self-management in South Africa through the development of a couples-focused intervention (Social Statistics & Demography) (University of Southampton)

Addressing Migration Uncertainty: Data, Knowledge, Measures, and Futures (Social Statistics & Demography) (University of Southampton)

Adolescent and young adult life in the UK: exploring the use of technology and social media on well-being and relationships (Social Statistics & Demography) (University of Southampton)


Sociology, Social Policy & Criminology

An Interdisciplinary Study of Algorithmic Risk Prediction Technologies in the Penal System (Sociology, Social Policy & Criminology) (University of Southampton)

Victimisation, Procedural Justice and the Perceived Legitimacy of the Justice System: An Interdisciplinary Sociotechnical Study (Sociology, Social Policy & Criminology) (University of Southampton)

An Interdisciplinary Study of Predictive Policing Algorithms: ‘Big Data’ Issues and Frontline Perspectives (Sociology, Social Policy & Criminology) (University of Southampton)

Beyond the Political Divide? The ‘Gilets jaunes’, Citizenship and Popular Sovereignty in France (Sociology, Social Policy & Criminology) (University of Southampton)


Southampton Business School

Understanding Agile Project Management to raise productivity and efficiency within businesses (Business) (University of Southampton)

The impact of matching mechanisms on consumer behaviour and O2O business operations (Business) (University of Southampton)

Improving public policy and private investment decision-making to achieve sustainable outcomes for the energy-water-food-environment nexus (Business) (University of Southampton)

AI Automation and the Future of Work in Industrial Firms (Business) (University of Southampton)

Environmental, political, and socioeconomic determinants of deforestation using Machine Learning and Big Data (Business) (University of Southampton)

Reducing patient waiting times by improving chemotherapy scheduling (Business) (University of Southampton)

Developing a hybrid simulation approach to planning mental health services (Business)(University of Southampton)

Big Data Analytics and Machine Learning in the Service Sector (Business)(University of Southampton)


Southampton Education School

The role of the sense of belonging at home and school in young people’s learning experiences and social and emotional wellbeing (Education)(University of Southampton)

Reading and revision during writing (Education)(University of Southampton)

What really happens in secondary school teaching: an international comparison using data from the 2012, 2015 and 2018 Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) (Education)(University of Southampton)


To apply for funding for these projects, please visit our ‘Apply‘ page.



In addition to standard studentship payments, members of the South Coast DTP are able to apply to the following schemes for additional funds through the course of their studies:

Overseas Institutional Visits

Provides students with a funded extension and additional funding for travel and subsistence, to spend a maximum of 12 weeks at an overseas institution. The scheme is to be used to encourage international engagement, undertake additional specialist training not available in the UK, establish research links and disseminate early research career findings.

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In addition to the RCUK Internship scheme, The South Coast DTP Internship programme will enable students to undertake internships for up to 3 months during the course of their PhD. Students will receive an extension to their studentship for the same duration as their internship and may be able to claim up to £1000 per month to cover additional travel and accommodation expenses.

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Enhanced Student Training Fund

To facilitate student attendance at training courses outside of the normal DTP/Consortium network, the DTP will provide a limited number of bursaries of up to £1000 each. This funding will be available on a competitive basis and is to be used for attending UK/International courses which would enhance the research/research experience. These may be for specialised technical courses within the UK or for training in an area that expertise lies internationally.

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Student-led Training Fund

We will make funds available for students to set up their own training courses which can be advertised and attended by students across the entire DTP network. Previous examples have included audio-visual training, policy briefings, and knowledge exchange events.

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Overseas Visit Bursaries

In recognition of the competitive nature of the OIV scheme, the SCDTP will supplement this with an initiative to support students who wish to make shorter overseas visits to enhance their research. We will award a limited number of bursaries of up to £2000 each per year, to support visits of up to 1 month. This scheme will not attract an extension of the studentship.

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