Social Sciences (PhD/MPhil)
3 years (PhD); 1 year (MPhil). Provision for 1 year MSc in Social Science Research Methods followed by 3 years of PhD research (full-time) / 5 years (PhD), 2 years (MPhil) (part-time) / n/a (distance / e-Learning)
The School has an exceptionally strong and interdisciplinary research culture, and offers expert supervision across a wide range of research topics.
Offers students the opportunity to undertake a sustained and independent research project, pursued at the highest level, as MPhil or Doctoral candidates. The attainment of a research degree provides an entry to a variety of career paths, including (as for many of our students) a career in academia.
- The School of Social Sciences is home to a large, flourishing and interdisciplinary postgraduate community of over 100 research students.
- Full-time PhD students are allocated study spaces with personal storage, computing facilities, access to email and the internet
- Regular seminar programmes across the School are open to all research students and introduce them to contemporary debate and expert opinion in their field.
- There are opportunities for PhD researchers to contribute to undergraduate teaching after the completion of an initial year’s study.
- Training for the development of research skills and for teaching is also offered; research methods training is a particularly strong feature of our PhD programme. Postgraduate researchers may be required to complete the MSc in Social Science Research Methods (or equivalent) prior to registration for their PhD. For UK Research Council funded students this training is mandatory.
- Funding for attending conferences is offered to all doctoral students in their third year of study.
We offer a range of supervisory expertise and potential applicants are advised to consult academic staff webpages. A number of staff in the School undertake inter-disciplinary research in the following areas:
- Advances in research methodology
- Childhood, culture and identity
- Crime, security and justice
- Critical policy analysis
- Culture, identity and transformation
- Education, skills and labour markets
- Health, wellbeing and social care
- Scientific knowledge, technology and risk
More information about research areas within the School is also available on the school's own web pages.
University, academic and research; transferable skills allow for the development of career paths in any field requiring: clear and logical thinking; detailed reporting of empirical findings; advanced and critical analysis of complex data; the design and conduct of independent research; communication skills, both written and oral; the ability to identify and inquire into complex problems; the application and development of models and theory as these relate to human and social life.
Candidates for MPhil and PhD programmes should have a good first degree (2:1 and above) and/or a Masters degree. Candidates who do not have a Masters degree in Social Science Research Methods (SSRM) may be required to undertake some or all of the SSRM programme on the advice of their prospective supervisors or because it is part of their doctoral programme.
A band 7.0 on IELTS is required where English is not a first language or for those who have not had a substantial part of their education taught in the English language.
Note: International students pursuing part-time programmes of study are not eligible for Tier 4 General Student) visas and must have alternative leave to remain in the UK if they intend to study at the University in person.
How to Apply
Applicants will be required to provide a personal statement and a research proposal.
Before writing any personal statement you must consider and research:
- Why do you want to do the course/research?
- Why this subject?
- Why this university?
- What academic skills have you got to offer?
- What personal skills can you offer?
- What are your strengths?
- What is the relevance of your first degree to this study?
- What are your career aims?
Potential applicants must produce a detailed initial outline description of their intended research topic (typically 1-3 pages) which will form the basis for assessing the application, together with the completed application form and references. The research proposal will also be the means by which applicants are paired with potential supervisors. It is important that your writing is clear and concise, and you should not use below a size 10 font.
An outline description of the proposed research should include:
- A suggested title for the proposed study.
- A statement of the aims of the research, a context as to why your research is important.
- A list of the questions to be addressed by the research, ideally no more than 2 or 3
- A brief summary of research that has already been undertaken in this field, addressing key literature and scholars in your field. Demonstrating a depth and breadth of diversity in the literature.
- An outline of the proposed design, including information on the research sample and methods of data collection. Try to include a plan for a three year timetable.
- An indicative bibliography.
- Implications for wider research, practical applications, policy implications.
Available Funding Opportunities
Economic and Social Research Centre (ESRC)
All Wales Academic Social Care Research Collaboration (ASCC)
National Institute for Social Care and Health Research (NISCHR)
National Institute for Health Research (NIHR)
Next intake: October each year
Name: Ms Corinda Perkins
Telephone: +44 (0)29 2087 4972
Fax: +44 (0)29 2087 4175