PhD/MRes in Social Sciences

London South Bank University

Program Description

PhD/MRes in Social Sciences

London South Bank University

The Ph.D. 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. Explore the staff, facilities and more in the Division of Social Sciences.


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 special 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.


Ph.D. programme

A Ph.D., 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.
To find out more about what to include in your proposal download our Law and Social Sciences Ph.D. Proposal Guidelines (PDF File 97 KB) presentation.


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' - a 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
Ph.D. Full-time 3 years January; February; April; September; October Southwark Campus
Ph.D. Part-time 5 years January; February; April; September; October Southwark Campus
Ph.D. 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.

We are the University of the Year for Graduate Employment - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018.

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 honors degree, and a relevant Postgraduate qualification at Masters level would be beneficial.

If you have the equivalent of lower second class honors 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.

All modules are subject to change by the university and may differ from the modules you are offered during your studies.

This school offers programs in:
  • English


Last updated September 8, 2018
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Online & Campus Combined
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1 - 6 years
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4,260 GBP
Year 1 full-time UK/EU fee: £4260; Year 1 full-time International fee: £13125. Year 1 part-time UK/EU fee: £2556; Year 1 part-time International fee: £7875
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