Views sought on the future of the PhD in the social sciences

The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) have launched an open consultation to inform their Review of the PhD in the Social Sciences. The ESRC wants to hear views on the strengths and limitations of current doctoral study from within and outside of the social sciences.

They are particularly interested in examples from individuals' own experience, the learning of new or innovative approaches from trials, and views on areas where change would be beneficial to enhance skills and ensure doctoral graduates are fully prepared for a range of future careers with their health and wellbeing safeguarded. The ESRC would like to hear from a diverse range of stakeholders across the research community.

The Chartered ABS will submit a response to the consultation questions based on input from our members. This will be a valuable opportunity for the business and management community to provide their perspective on the value of the doctorate, and how it can better equip graduates for their future careers.

Please provide your views on the consultation questions by completing the survey here by COB on Monday 31 August. Our survey replicates the questions in the ESRC survey and if you would like to view them before responding then please see the document here.

If you have any questions please contact our Research Manager, Ramin Bokaian, at