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Social Sciences: Sociology, Social Policy & CriminologyPart of Social SciencesPostgraduate study

Research degrees

The University of Southampton welcomes applications from students who are interested in pursuing full- or part-time postgraduate research in sociology, social policy and criminology, as well as related areas such as social psychology and web science. We are interested in applications from students who wish to undertake research in areas of sociology, social policy, or criminology, or who wish to pursue interdisciplinary research in the areas of population change, health and wellbeing; sustainability, environment and resilience; learning, knowledge and behaviour; global economies and business innovation; citizenship, governance and secruity; or the Social/computational interface. However, we also welcome applications from students who wish to undertake research in areas that are directly associated with other staff research interests.

Postgraduate research projects in sociology, social policy and criminology are eligible for studentships under the new ESRC South Coast Doctoral Training Centre pathways.

Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology forms part of the Social Sciences academic unit, which is located in the Faculty of Social, Human & Mathematical Sciences.

Information on how to write an PhD research degree proposal.

For information about applying for postgraduate study in sociology, social policy or criminology, please contact Dr Bindi Shah, SSPC Director of Postgraduate Research Degrees B.Shah@soton.ac.uk , who can provide guidance on potential supervisors and making an application.

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Our pathways in sociology and social policy have recently been recognised by the ESRC as part of the Southampton Doctoral Training Centre in the Social Sciences
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