Committed to teaching and research excellence, the School of Sociology and Social Policy is a dynamic center for collaborative and interdisciplinary PhD study.
A PhD is the most advanced form of postgraduate study. It is awarded on the successful completion of supervised research, verbal examination, and final thesis.
We offer PhDs in:
- Public policy
- Social policy and administration
- Social work
- Science, technology, and society
"This programme combines advanced research training with high-quality supervision and feedback. You will study within a vibrant and active research community, and will be supported by two academic supervisors."
Elena Genova, PhD Sociology
- 78% of our research considered world-leading or internationally excellent in the latest Research Excellence Framework
- 100% of sociology and social policy postgraduates secured work or further study within six months of graduation
The school provides PhD students with well-equipped work bases, with access to a telephone, fax, email and online bibliographic facilities along with access to up to date computing facilities.
The Hallward Library stocks a large number of sociology and social policy related publications and journals. Our library facilities open long hours and include areas for group work, individual and silent study.
Representing the needs of postgraduate students across the University, the Graduate School provides research training and development for postgraduates and early career researchers.
You will have access to a dedicated space on University Park, which includes computer stations, Wi-Fi, study and social areas, and kitchen facilities.
Student Services provide a range of support and information to enhance your student experience. They are part of a comprehensive network of University services that includes academic and disability support, counseling, financial support and childcare services.
The International Office ensures EU and international students have all the information they need to live and study at Nottingham. It offers a welcome programme just before the start of the academic year.
Centre for English Language Education
Accredited by the British Council for the teaching of English in the UK, the University's Centre for English Language Education provides high-quality preparation and English language support, as well as a social programme for its students.
The Students' Union is an important source of support with their own Student Advice Centre and dedicated postgraduate officer.
Researcher Development Programme
Working closely with academic schools, the Graduate School's dedicated training team contribute to faculty-specific and doctoral training programmes. They deliver core training in line with the standards set out by the UK's major research funders through their researcher development programme.
As well as helping you to develop your research skills, this offers you opportunities to enhance your communication skills, career prospects, time management, and entrepreneurship, as well as meet and work alongside researchers from other disciplines.
Find a supervisor
You will be assigned two supervisors appropriate to your field. Please make sure that we have a supervisor who shares an interest in your proposed area of research before applying. Details of research supervisors at the University can also be found on our research A to Z.
The school offers supervision in a wide range of subject areas, within and beyond the disciplines of criminology, public policy, sociology, social policy and administration, social work, and science, technology and society.
Recent graduates have pursued careers in a diverse range of fields across the public and private sector, including housing, research, marketing, support work, human resources, and journalism.
Employability and average starting salary
100% of postgraduates from the School of Sociology and Social Policy who were available for employment secured work or further study within six months of graduation. £28,007 was the average starting salary, with the highest being £52,219.*
* Known destinations of full-time home postgraduates 2015/16. Salaries are calculated based on the median of those in full-time paid employment within the UK.
Career and professional development
Whether you are looking to enhance your career prospects or develop your knowledge, a postgraduate degree from the University of Nottingham can help take you where you want to be.
The University's award-winning Careers and Employability Service offers specialist support and guidance while you study and for life after you graduate. They will help you explore and plan your next career move, through regular events, employer-led skills sessions, placement opportunities, and one-to-one discussions.
Masters with an average of 60% or above, plus 2:1 (or international equivalent) in any discipline
English language requirements
IELTS: 7.0 (no less than 6.0 in any element)
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Last updated November 1, 2018