Research assessments have consistently shown us to be among the leading universities for research. In particular, we are a centre of world-leading excellence for the social sciences. Four of our social science subjects are in the UK top 10 for research quality (grade point average, Research Excellence Framework 2021) and three are in the UK Top 10 for research power (Times Higher Education 2022). Here are the highlights:
- 2nd in UK for research power in sociology1
- 3rd in UK for modern languages and linguistics research quality2
- 3rd in UK for research power in law1
- 4th in UK for research power in economics and econometrics1
- 6th in UK for research power in politics and international studies1
- 6th in UK for research power in computer science1
1 Times Higher Education research power measure, Research Excellence Framework 2021
2 Grade Point Average, Research Excellence Framework 2021
Skills training and professional development
Research skills training is provided by your department and developed through one-to-one guidance by your supervisor and more formal workshops, seminars and specific research methods modules.
Our students engage with our wider research environment and communicate their work. Many of our departments run their own postgraduate journals and working papers. All offer doctoral research seminars and conferences and encourage you to present at such events, as well as manage, facilitate, promote and chair them. You can apply for University funds to help you present papers at national and international conferences.
Our Institute for Social and Economic Research collects and analyse longitudinal data and are recognised for the supervision of doctoral students by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). We provide excellent opportunities for training in research methods and for substantive research.