Sociology and Social Policy PhD

The University of Nottingham - Faculty of Social Sciences

Program Description

Sociology and Social Policy PhD

The University of Nottingham - Faculty of Social Sciences

Sociology and Social Policy PhD

The School has a strong and vibrant community of postgraduate research students. We are proud of being a site for creativity and innovation in and across our areas of research expertise and are dedicated to developing our students’ research skills, expertise and career in a supportive and collegial environment.

Our research students are encouraged to participate in the school’s academic life and to work with the research groups, centres and institute that reflects their research area. The School supports the postgraduate journal and conference - ENQUIRE.

Our PhD programme is recognised by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) through the Doctoral Training Centre, offering both one-plus-three degrees and three year degrees. For the one-plus-three route, students undertake an initial year of Research Methods training, leading to an MA, prior to progressing to develop their main research focus.

We offer supervision in criminology, public policy, science and technology studies, social policy and administration, social work and sociology.

Applications and entry requirements

All applications should be made via the applicant portal. Students may study for three years full-time or up to six years part-time with entry in either September or January. Applicants to whom we may make an offer will be interviewed either in person or by telephone by a prospective supervisor.

Applicants must have at least an upper second class (2:1) degree or equivalent and a Masters degree with an average mark of at least 60%.

International students must also have one of the following English language tests:

  • IELTS 7.0 (no less than 6.0 in any element)
  • TOEFL iBT (100 with no less than 21 in listening and writing, 22 in reading, 23 in speaking)
  • CELE presessional course final assessment of "Pass with Distinction"


  • Advanced research training, including qualitative and quantitative methods and philosophy of social science
  • An extensive programme of skills-based training
  • High quality supervision; each student is allocated two supervisors
  • Regular, uninterrupted, individual supervisory sessions
  • Frequent reviews and feedback on progress
  • Well-equipped work bases, with access to telephone, fax, e-mail and on-line bibliographic facilities
  • Access to up to date computing facilities
  • A lively research culture with excellent national and international networks
This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated August 14, 2015
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
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Aug. 2016
3 - 6 years
Part time
Full time
Start date Aug. 2016
United Kingdom Nottingham, England
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Duration 3 - 6 years
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