Being a Research Student in the Faculty of Social Sciences

The Faculty is a world-leading research environment; in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF), 100% of the submissions from the former Schools of Applied Social Science and Education were judged to be world leading or internationally excellent in terms of the quality of the research environment and their impact. Our research addresses the many challenges arising from political, economic, social, cultural, environmental and technological changes in society. The Faculty provides a critical space within which to address these challenges with our students and facilitate the generation of ideas in a range of contexts. Through our research and teaching programmes we are well placed to support those who want to make a difference in the world. 

If you are interested in applying for one of our research programmes our PhD application guide will hopefully be useful to you. For further information about applying to do a PhD within the Faculty and various Studentships we have available, please click here

Our Research

Within the Faculty we have seven research groups bringing together staff and research students to take forward research development.  You will be encouraged to join one of the Faculty’s research groups or two if you prefer. The groups are:

The Director of Research in the Faculty is Professor Isobel Anderson, who chairs the Research Committee, on which all the research groups are represented.  

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