Our PhD in Social Policy offers you a unique opportunity to undertake research in a variety of social contexts. You may be interested in the questions around the development and implementation of social policy, in asking questions about why some policies work (and others do not) or in studying the relationships between different groups of people in the policy process, but whatever your specific research interests we are likely to have a supervisor with the experience to support you in this process.
You will be offered opportunities to access our Masters level research methods modules to provide a sound foundation of specific research knowledge and skills. In addition, you will have access to the University’s Proficio research training scheme which allows you to choose training programmes that meet the requirements of your own research topics and methodologies.
This PhD is offered on a 3 year full-time or 6 year part-time basis.
Within the School of Health and Social Care, we have a number of Medical Sociologists and registered Health Professionals with a research experience in the field of Social Policy who are also PhD supervisors. This allows you to develop the ability to understand and critique policy processes alongside the necessary research rigour to undertake such a PhD. Where possible we offer two supervisors to ensure all your supervision requirements are met. Your supervisor(s) will guide you in developing your research plans and support you in your self-directed learning. You will also have two supervisory panels a year (one for part-time students) which will allow your progress to be monitored in a more formal manner.
The School has access to the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) building, which is brand new for the October 2018 intake. We also have a PhD room with desk space, PCs, printer and shelf space.
Our Graduates have gone on to take up posts in both clinical and management positions in Trusts, hospitals and care organisations as well as in local and county councils.
You will need a Masters degree, or equivalent, in a relevant discipline such as a health science or a social science. Alternatively you will need to evidence advanced research skills developed through an alternative route. A well developed research proposal is also essential.
You will normally be required to attend an interview/Skype interview for acceptance, and acceptance is subject to research expertise in the department.
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If English is not your first language, then we will require you to have IELTS 6.5 overall, with 5.5 in all components.
A research degree doesn't have a taught structure, giving you the chance to investigate your chosen topic in real depth and reach a profound understanding. In communicating that understanding, through a thesis or other means, you have a rare opportunity to generate knowledge. A research degree allows you to develop new high-level skills, enhance your professional development and build new networks. It can open doors to many careers.
Fees will increase for each academic year of study.
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