Established in 2014, the South, West and Wales Doctoral Training Partnership, is a consortium of partner institutions offering research opportunities to staff and students.

Consortium partners

It is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) to provide postgraduate studentships and training.

The programme offers 200 awards across five student cohorts via both Student-Led Awards and Collaborative Doctoral Awards.

More about our consortium partners


The 21st century is transforming academic research: the creative and intellectual challenges of our research enquiries are now combined with the demands of a dynamic and ever more globalised society. This landscape increasingly requires research to be conducted within interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary contexts.

SWW2 is committed to fostering creative approaches within and across disciplines that will develop scholars, researchers and professionals who are flexible and able to respond to both fast-moving research and industry environments.

We provide flexible, student-centred training that nurtures disciplinary expertise in conjunction with interdisciplinary perspectives. These are enriched by the world-class expertise and state-of-the-art resources available at our nine consortium member institutions and prestigious partner organisations.


Your research project will be supported by collaborative supervisory teams drawn from two of the consortium institutions.

SWW2 offers joint supervision arrangements between its consortium institutions. This provides unrivalled access across institutional boundaries to the most relevant and cutting-edge expertise on offer across our consortium, ensuring an exceptional breadth and depth of coverage for your project.

Your collaborative cross-institutional supervisory teams will work together, and with you, to ensure you receive the bespoke training you need to develop both your disciplinary and where appropriate, inter-disciplinary knowledge, skills and expertise. Your supervisory team will also help you identify development opportunities with our partner organisations, including mentoring, placements, technical skills and more.

You may already know someone you want to work with. If so, that individual will help you identify an appropriate second supervisor.

If you are unsure of how to find a supervisor, please check the websites of our consortium members to identify the right individual in your discipline(s) of interest.


SWW2 welcomes a range of methods to engage fully in the cross-disciplinary, cross-institutional, and cross-sectoral research. In addition to discipline-focused research that incorporate established research methods, we also support projects that include co-production in research; creative practice as research; digitally-enabled research; and transdisciplinary research.


SWW2 supports research in the following AHRC primary research areas:

  • Archaeology
  • Classics
  • Cultural and Museum Studies
  • Dance
  • Design
  • Drama and Theatre Studies
  • History
  • Languages and Literature
  • Law and Legal Studies
  • Linguistics
  • Media
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science and International Studies
  • Theology, Divinity and Religion
  • Visual Arts

Within each, there are secondary subject areas that we also cover. Please see the AHRC Disciplines list to confirm that your particular area of interest is covered by the SWWDTP’s remit.

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