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Postgraduate research

We offer PhD and Professional Doctorate opportunities. Research students join a vibrant academic and research environment, with supervision by leading experts in their field.

We provide two different opportunities for Doctoral study: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and Professional Doctorate. Broadly, the PhD is aimed at preparing candidates for a research-based career, while the Professional Doctorate looks to address the career needs of practising professionals, particularly those in - or aspiring to reach - senior positions.

Interdisciplinary research training is a particularly strong feature of our postgraduate research programmes. We are committed to theoretically informed research with a clear policy focus. We offer research opportunities for postgraduate study in sociology, social policy, criminology, science and technology studies, social work and education.

Our research environment includes a wide range of active research groupings, seminar series, and informal study groups. Our PGR Café - a student led initiative - provides a unique intellectual forum and support network for those pursuing doctoral studies.

We are recognised nationally and internationally as a leading centre for theoretically informed, empirical research. In the UK Government’s most recent Research Excellence Framework exercise (2014), our research in sociology and education ranked 3rd and 5th respectively. Over a third of our submitted publications were judged world-leading.

Postgraduate social sciences students


Research training is a strong feature of our PhD programme and our research students benefit from a dynamic research environment.

Postgraduate social sciences students in lecture theatre

Professional Doctorate

Our professional doctorate programmes are designed to develop the research and scholarship capabilities of individuals who work within professional contexts.