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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)

Programme Description

The School has an exceptionally strong and interdisciplinary research culture, and offers expert supervision across a wide range of research topics.

Programme Aims

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.

Special Features

Research Areas

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:

More information about research areas within the School is also available on the school's own web pages.

Career Prospects

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.

Entry Requirements

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.

Personal Statement

Before writing any personal statement you must consider and research:

Research Proposal

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:

Available Funding Opportunities

Economic and Social Research Centre (ESRC)
All Wales Academic Social Care Research Collaboration (ASCC)
Commonwealth Scholarships

National Institute for Social Care and Health Research (NISCHR)
National Institute for Health Research (NIHR)

Next intake: October each year

School Contact

Name: Ms Corinda Perkins  

Telephone: +44 (0)29 2087 4972 

Fax: +44 (0)29 2087 4175  


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