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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.

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. 

Our research training Masters degrees (MRes)

Applied Social Research
Educational Research
Criminological Research

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