Social Sciences

Postgraduate research

The Department of Social Sciences has an outstanding reputation as an international centre of academic excellence and for its cutting edge interdisciplinary work.

All our academic staff are active researchers working within and across the following disciplinary boundaries – Communication and Media Studies, Criminology, Cultural Studies, Discourse and Rhetoric, Social Policy, Social Psychology, and Sociology.  

Our research centres and research groups host the highest concentration of innovative research in the UK, drive and lead the way, nationally and internationally, in their respective fields of expertise. 

Every year, we recruit a lively community of postgraduate students who conduct research at the cutting-edge of developments in their fields. The University offers different types of funding support according to the status of the prospective UK, EU and Overseas postgraduate students.  Further details are available on our prospectus.

Prospective postgraduate research students should have an idea for a PhD project before they contact a member of the Department (see our staff listing) for further advice and guidance on developing a proposal.  Several books and publications offer useful advice on completing a research degree (e.g. Philips and Pugh’s How to Get a PhD; Dunleavy’s Authoring a PhD; Marshall’s Your PhD Companion; etc).

A research proposal will ordinarily give consideration to the following:

  • Aims and objectives- what are the major research questions and why is the subject worth investigating?
  • Literature review- what work has already been done on the topic?
  • Methodology- what approach offers the most feasible as well as appropriate means of conducting the research?  What, if any, fieldwork might be involved?
  • Data- what might this be and how will it be collected and analysed?

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