Undertaking an MPhil or PhD

The School of Social Sciences offer opportunities for postgraduate study leading to an MPhil or a PhD degree, by both full-time and part-time routes, across a wide range of disciplines. Most programmes can also be taken by distance learning.

You will work on a unique project in a field of your own choice. We will provide you with the support you need, through expert supervision from nationally and internationally recognised researchers, a well-chosen programme of research training and the support of the University's Graduate School.

The School of Social Sciences has a strong focus on both applied and theoretically informed research on contemporary social issues and policy. Find out more about research in the School of Social Sciences.

We have a strong PhD community in Psychology and growing community in other areas of social sciences. We also positively encourage interdisciplinary research. Research is grounded in the disciplines of:

  • Politics and International Relations
  • Psychology
  • Social Work, Health and Social Policy and Professional Practice
  • Sociology including Criminology

Both cross-School and discipline specific research is flourishing and is supported by School-wide research conferences and events, bursary competitions, multidisciplinary research groups and regular research seminars delivered by expert internal and external speakers who present their research findings. These are an integral part of our research culture which stimulate thinking and debate, and informs about current developments in the various subfields of the disciplines.

Research degrees in the School of Social Sciences.