Research overview

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:

  • criminology
  • public policy
  • public management
  • sociology
  • social policy
  • 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.

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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, though you do not need to approach them personally. 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.

Entry requirements

Masters with an average of 60% or above, plus 2:1 (or international equivalent) in any discipline

IELTS: 7.0 (no less than 6.0 in any element)


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.

Program taught in:
  • English

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Last updated February 12, 2019
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