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Our postgraduate research routes

Discover a wide range of opportunities to expand your research knowledge in the Faculty of Social Sciences. 80% of our research was assessed as internationally excellent or world leading by the Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014), with the top 23% of our work judged as world leading.

PhD study

We currently offer PhD supervision across a range of disciplines, including Sociology, Social Policy, Criminology, Social Work, Housing, Dementia Studies, Education and other related disciplines.

We are able to support both on campus and off-campus study. While many students are based on campus, a number of students study here by distance learning, taking advantage of Skype supervision, online library and learning resources and occasional postgraduate training days. Please contact the Faculty or a supervisor to find out what's possible.

If you're interested in applying for a traditional PhD by research or by publication, please click ‘Apply for a PhD’ below. For other taught and research-based Doctorates, such as TESOL, Education and Applied Social Research, follow the course specific links below.

PhD by research

You’ll be able to research a topic in depth with the support of an expert supervisor, leading to a thesis. We offer you the opportunity to conduct research in a world-class and interdisciplinary school with strong links to theoretical, empirical, policy and practice developments.

PhD by publication

This varies from the traditional PhD. For a PhD by publication, your final thesis will comprise three to six published research papers linked by a contextualised narrative. You’ll still receive the same support as with a PhD by research, in terms of supervision, involvement, length, cost and support.

PhD in TESOL Research

Our PhD in TESOL Research (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) is a ground-breaking and unique course. If you’re interested in investigating language use, teaching and/or learning, this PhD programme is ideal for you. You’ll be taught by tutors with extensive expertise in TESOL, research methods and educational theories. 

Doctorate in Education

Our Doctorate in Education is an ideal development opportunity if you’re a senior education professional seeking to enhance and utilise your research expertise. Whatever your area of education – from schools, colleges and universities to professional, work-based and lifelong learning, or policy development – earning a Professional Doctorate will position you as a leader in your field.

Applied Social Research Doctorate

Our Applied Social Research Doctorate is designed to transform the way you think as a professional and ensure you can make a powerful impact in your field. If you’re an experienced professional who wants to advance your expertise and broaden your career opportunities, this course is an ideal match.

Our research training Masters degrees (MRes)

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