Our postgraduate research programmes reflect the main areas of work within the Institute of Applied Social Studies - social research, social policy and social care practice.
The contribution of our research students is integral to the academic and community life of the Institute. There is a core group of full time students from the UK and overseas, but as all our programmes can be taken on a full or part time basis, others are studying part time whilst working. Students come from a wide range of backgrounds, some straight from undergraduate degrees, others having worked in social and health care, education, youth work, criminal justice, community work, faith based organisations, national and local government and the voluntary sector.
Our research degrees
Applied Social Research Doctorate (SocScD)
Applied Social Research is an ESRC recognised taught doctorate which is designed for those who are involved in the practical aspects of social policy and practice in a wide range of settings. It aims to develop critical reflection on participants' policy, practice and [more...]
Integrated study (Social Sciences) PhD
This four-year PhD programme is designed for individuals wishing to develop advanced knowledge and skills in social science research design and methods through a mixture of coursework and independent research with supervisory support. [more...]
Social Policy PhD/MPhil
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. [more...]
College of Social Science
The College of Social Science offers an MA Social Research which forms the basis for all doctoral student methods training.