Social Sciences PhD

Social Sciences PhD

The School of Social Sciences supports a growing and vibrant community of PhD students. The PhD is an advanced postgraduate qualification, involving three or more years in which you work through the issues associated with solving a particular problem. Each research student is supported by a team of supervisors appointed for the particular study. 

The School welcomes enquiries relating to the fields of psychology, criminology and sociology.

In the School of Social Sciences, staff have recognised standing, nationally and internationally, in the following broad areas:

  • understanding crime and punishment;
  • the study of all aspects of psychology;
  • the exploration of social structures and change.

Our PhD students benefit from regular supervision meetings with academics who are experts in their field. They have the opportunity to become members of our proactive research community made up of academics, postgraduate researchers and external partners.

Entry Requirements

Applicants are required to hold a minimum of a 2:1 Honours degree, in a discipline related to social sciences, to be considered for a PhD. Some PhD opportunities, such as those funded by a particular research council, may additionally require a Masters level degree.


6.5 overall with a minimum of 6.0 in each category.

Career Prospects

The PhD award is a well established and valued professional qualification within the sector and will enhance career prospects. For those wanting to follow a career in teaching and researching in higher Education, a PhD is highly desirable.

The value of a PhD to employability
The PhD is recognised worldwide and is often an essential requirement for those wishing to follow an academic research career.  However, it is increasingly recognised as useful in industry, commerce and the Third Sector.

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