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Grand Union DTP

Grand Union DTP at Brunel University London: ESRC-Doctoral funded studentships in social science research

Social scientists at Brunel have a tradition of innovatory, high-impact research that drives forward academic knowledge and informs policy and practice.Our ESRC-funded DTP pathways are offered through our partnership with the University of Oxford and The Open University, and are available in two of our internationally recognised areas of research expertise – Health and Wellbeing, and Education.

Brunel DTP students on both pathways will be able to access specialist training and professional development opportunities provided across the DTP.  Current scholarship areas offered within the Brunel pathways are outlined below. Please follow the links for more detailed information about the areas available. All routes are offered part-time and full-time. Applications for 2018/2019 academic year  are now closed.However if you wish to gain further information on the Grand Union DTP, please contact  emma.sigsworth@brunel.ac.uk (BUL DTP Manager).

Grand Union Health and Wellbeing Pathway at Brunel

The Health and Wellbeing Pathway is led by Brunel and delivered in collaboration with Oxford University and The Open University. Students accepted on the pathway at Brunel will be based within the University’s Institute of the Environment, Health and Societies (IEHS), a cross-university Institute undertaking fundamental and applied research to address health and wellbeing inequalities and promote social justice.

Brunel applicants can apply for a DTP-studentship based in one of three IEHS specialist research themes - Welfare Health and Wellbeing, Ageing Studies, and Health Economics. The Themes offer students opportunities to address a wide agenda of the most significant national and global health and wellbeing challenges.  Areas of expertise include sport, physical activity, health and wellbeing; health and wellbeing in older age; lifestyle behaviours and health inequalities; health and wellbeing among young people, including sexual health and anti-violence interventions; and evaluation methodologies for health and wellbeing interventions. More information on the doctoral opportunities available in each area is available here:

To find out more about the multidisciplinary research conducted in these areas and in the wider Institute of Environment, Health and Societies, visit the IEHS website.

Grand Union Education Pathway

The Grand Union Education Pathway is jointly provided by the University of Oxford and Brunel University London. Brunel DTP students on the Education pathway will join the Department of Education. Education at Brunel is a leading department in the UK, rated as 10th best in the UK by the Complete University Guide, 2016. The Education Department offers the full range of provision at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, with both Primary and Secondary PGCE programmes being rated as ‘Outstanding in All Areas’ by Ofsted in October 2015. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, 60% of the Education Department’s research was world leading or internationally excellent, and 90% of its impact was graded as internationally excellent.

Brunel DTP students on the Education pathway will join the Department’s research provision where they will benefit from Brunel’s specialist expertise in history and philosophy of education, inclusivity in education, teaching and learning in higher education, professional practice, pedagogy and curriculum studies, and technological innovation in education.

More information on the doctoral opportunities available in each area is available here:

Joint Oxford-Brunel supervision will be available where beneficial, drawing on existing external co-supervision practices.