The PhD and MRes programmes are closely linked to our growing and dynamic research culture. You'll benefit from engaging with highly qualified academic staff, working alongside a portfolio of dynamic and popular masters programmes.

Academic supervision

A member of staff, an expert in the chosen field, is directly responsible for guiding and supporting your research programme. As a research student, you'll become part of our thriving academic community.

Research areas

  • Civil society
  • The voluntary sector
  • NGOs, gender
  • Sexuality
  • Race
  • Globalisation
  • International relations
  • Migration
  • Human rights
  • Genocide
  • Crimes against humanity
  • Women's movements
  • Elites and networks
  • Agency
  • Development studies
  • Youth crime
  • Prostitution
  • Human trafficking
  • Violence against women
  • Policing
  • Education for sustainability
  • Politics of sustainability
  • Politics and climate change
  • Social science research methods

Research culture

Research students who study at LSBU become a vital part of our dynamic research culture and are one of the essential elements which make LSBU an exciting intellectual environment.
All research students are enrolled in the LSBU’s postgraduate Key Skills programme. In addition, you can undertake research methods training from relevant MA and MSc courses, as well as taking part in specialist events and activities, which ensure an inclusive and thriving research culture.

MRes programme

An MRes is distinct from a taught Masters in that your final output will be an extended dissertation (30,000 words) rather than module-based coursework and exams.

PhD programme

A PhD, by definition, is an original contribution to knowledge. A research degree is different from a taught course. Research students are expected to self-direct their learning with support from a supervisory team.

Research Excellence Framework (REF)

In the 2014 REF 75% of our research into Social Work and Social Policy was awarded the quality rating of 3* out of 4* for 'environment' - quality that is defined as conducive to producing research of internationally excellent quality, in terms of its vitality and sustainability. We receive a wide range of external funding from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the Department for International Development (DfID), the British Academy, charities, government departments and local authorities.

Key course information - ordered by mode

Mode Duration Start Date Location
MRes Full-time 1 year January; February; April; September; October Southwark Campus
MRes Part-time 2 years January; February; April; September; October Southwark Campus
PhD Full-time 3 years January; February; April; September; October Southwark Campus
PhD Part-time 5 years January; February; April; September; October Southwark Campus
PhD Distance learning 6 years January; February; April; September; October Southwark Campus

Employability

Research skills development

All research students are required to participate in a Key Skills Development programme aimed at developing transferable skills in addition to those employed in carrying out research. Training in research methods is available through frequent research seminars.

When necessary the research student can follow, in part, relevant Masters courses available within the School and in particular units on research methodology. In some cases, research students are encouraged to follow other courses available within the University or externally aimed at improving their general expertise in their chosen areas.

In addition, they may be encouraged to follow language courses aimed at improving their oral and written skills - both essential in their future careers.

Transferable skills

A research degree will equip you with many transferable skills. The self-discipline, the demand for clear analytical thinking, and the ability to turn criticism of others work into something constructive of your own, all constitute a unique training for almost any kind of career. The excitement and satisfaction of finding new facts, a new idea, or a new way of looking at something can be highly rewarding.

Attending conferences

Research students are often sponsored to attend national and international conferences and to meet leading scientists in their fields and to present their research findings. The progress of all research students is formally monitored by the University's Research Degree Committee.

Employability Service

We are the University of the Year for Graduate Employment for the second year in a row - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018, 2019.

At LSBU, we want to set you up for a successful career. During your studies – and for two years after you graduate – you’ll have access to our Employability Service, which includes:

  • An online board where you can see a wide range of placements: part-time, full-time or voluntary. You can also drop in to see our Job Shop advisers, who are always available to help you take the next step in your search.
  • Our Careers Gym offering group workshops on CVs, interview techniques and finding work experience, as well as regular presentations from employers across a range of sectors.

Our Student Enterprise team can also help you start your own business and develop valuable entrepreneurial skills.

Entry requirements

When applying for a Research Degree Programme at LSBU you are expected to have a 2.1 honours degree, and a relevant Postgraduate qualification at Masters level would be beneficial.

If you have the equivalent of lower second class honours you would also need a Postgraduate qualification at Masters level.

You will also be required to show proof of all of your qualifications. If English is not your first language you will be expected to prove your competency in English, showing an IELTS score of at least 7.0 at postgraduate level.

How to apply

Instructions for Home/EU applicants

Mode Duration Start Date Application Code Application Method
MRes Full-time 1 year January; February; April; September; October 4985 See below
MRes Part-time 2 years January; February; April; September; October 4986 See below
PhD Full-time 3 years January; February; April; September; October P052656 See below
PhD Part-time 5 years January; February; April; September; October P052656 See below
PhD Distance learning 6 years January; February; April; September; October P052656 See below

If your course has a January start option, you should apply through UCAS Postgraduate. Postgraduate students and research students applying for entry in any other month should use our dedicated application system.

Considering your application

Your application will be circulated to a number of potential supervisors who will look at your academic qualifications, experience and the research proposal to decide whether your research interest is something that could be supervised at LSBU.

There will also be an interview either by telephone or at the University. If you are successful you will be offered a place on a course and informed of the next enrolment date. The whole process normally takes between six to eight weeks, from receipt of your application to a decision being made about your application at the School.

Research proposal

If you are a PhD applicant, please attach an outline of your research proposal (up to 1,000 words).

If you are an MRes applicant, please provide a short statement, of no more than 500 words, outlining the area of research you are interested in focusing on.

Program taught in:
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Last updated February 17, 2019
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Year 1 full-time UK/EU fee: £4260; Year 1 full-time International fee: £13125. Year 1 part-time UK/EU fee: £2595; Year 1 part-time International fee: £8268
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