The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) funded London Interdisciplinary Social Science DTP (LISS DTP), a partnership between King’s College London, Imperial College and Queen Mary University of London, provides social science research students with a unique opportunity to join and develop a research community that springs from the interface between social science disciplines with health and medicine, the natural and physical sciences, engineering and the arts & humanities.  LISS DTP funds 1+3, +3 and Collaborative (CASE) studentships.  For more information on these, please visit our Studentships page.

The LISS DTP is uniquely placed to deliver high quality interdisciplinary training that today’s and tomorrow’s global challenges demand.  The partnership mobilises King’s interdisciplinary social sciences and their connections across a wide range of disciplines, Imperial’s interdisciplinary approach to social science research at the interface with health, science and engineering, and Queen Mary’s established strengths in core disciplines and interdisciplinary research centres.  LISS DTP helps to build national and international research capacity and networks to meet the interdisciplinary priorities identified in the ESRC’s Strategic Plan 2015 for economic performance & sustainable growth, influencing behaviour & informing interventions and a vibrant & fair society.


  • supports world-class training to address key research priorities and global societal challenges across a breadth of interconnected social science disciplines, enabling postgraduate research at the interface with health, the natural sciences, engineering, and the arts & humanities.  Please see our Thematic Pathways pages for more detailed information on our priority areas.
  • provides research training that integrates the student’s individual transferable skills requirements with a rigorous and flexible programme of foundation and advanced social science training
  • allows our PhD students to innovate, asking new questions and developing new frameworks for understanding, in preparation for future employment that will enrich the wider science base nationally and internationally
  • trains social science research students to work collaboratively with peers and users alike, and to have a global outlook in career development, employability, entrepreneurship, public engagement, and impact