PhD (Faculty of Social Sciences PhD

All of the Academic Divisions in the Faculty of Social Sciences invite PhD applications.

The research areas are only broadly indicative, and our staff place great store by creative and innovative approaches to issues whether they are novel or familiar – and to intellectual analysis, both established and path-breaking.

Subjects we supervise include the following areas:

Development Studies

Peace Studies


Sociology and Criminology

Social Work and Social Care

Undertaking a PhD is an exciting opportunity but can also be quite daunting as there are lots of stages to think about including application, arrival, admission, expectations, and progression to name but a few.

The University website for research students provides information on all of these and much more.

At the Faculty of Social Sciences, we believe it is important that, although our research students are working on individual projects, they are not working in isolation. We offer a range of opportunities for training, developing skills, regular supervision sessions and ongoing peer support.

PhD Award
January, October Start
Full-time Study Mode
3 years Duration

Entry Requirements For This Course

The minimum requirements to apply for a PhD are:

First or upper-second class Bachelor’s degree at an approved university or institution

A higher degree at an approved university or institution or in the case of Professional Doctorates as specified in individual course regulations

Exceptionally, candidates with lower than above but with experience and training as suitable preparation

The minimum requirements to apply for an MPhil are:

Bachelor’s degree at an approved university or institution

Professional qualification approved by Research Degrees Committee and suitable general education and training

Exceptionally, candidates with less than above but able to give satisfactory evidence of having obtained adequate standard of knowledge may be accepted by the Research Degrees Committee

Places are subject to a robust research proposal followed by a successful interview process.

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