3 years
Study mode
Tuition fee (entire course)
Local students
USD 17,290
GBP 12,270
Foreign students
USD 55,783
GBP 39,585
Other costs
Other costs apply

About this course

This degree involves postgraduate research training modules; the academic staff have wide research interests and joint supervision for students' PhD theses is advised; in addition, regular research student workshops and seminars are held, and an annual research student conference. All our research degrees involve appropriate postgraduate research training modules, which are agreed with the supervisor and the Institute Research Student Coordinator, and which are assessed. In addition, we hold regular research student workshops and seminars and doctoral researchers participate in research group activities within the School of Social Policy. The MPhil requires a thesis of 60,000 words, while the PhD thesis is 80,000 words in length. 

Entry Requirements

To gain admission to a research degree programme, an applicant must comply with the following entry requirements:

  • Attainment of an Honours degree (normally a First or Upper Second Class Honours degree or equivalent) in a relevant subject awarded by an approved university, or
  • Attainment of an alternative qualification or qualifications and/or evidence of experience judged by the University as indicative of an applicant’s potential for research and as satisfactory for the purpose of entry to a research degree programme.

In addition:

  • Admission and registration for a research degree programme may be conditional on satisfactory completion of preliminary study, which may include assessment.
  • In some cases you will also need to have completed a Masters degree or equivalent qualification in a relevant subject.

Please note

  1. Entry onto many programmes is highly competitive, therefore we consider the skills, attributes, motivation and potential for success of an individual when deciding whether to make an offer.
  2. Specific entry requirements are given for each programme. Any academic and professional qualifications or industrial experience you may have are normally taken into account, and in some cases form an integral part of the entrance requirements. If your qualifications are non-standard or different from the entry requirements stated in the online prospectus, please contact the relevant school or department to discuss whether your application would be considered.
  3. After we have received your application you may, if you live in the UK, be invited for an interview or to visit us to discuss your application.