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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.

PhD

PhD

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

Professional Doctorate

Professional Doctorate

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