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Sociology, Social Policy and CriminologyPart of Economic, Social and Political SciencePostgraduate study

How To Apply

Application process

To apply, please complete the online application form.


Applications can be submitted at any time although we would encourage applicants to apply before the end of May. If you are seeking financial support for your postgraduate studies, we recommend that you apply well before deadlines so you have time to gather the necessary documentation for your funding body/sponsor.

If you wish to apply for funding through either the ESRC South Coast Doctoral Training Centre or the Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship scheme, you must submit your application before Friday, 17 February 2017. If you wish to apply for funding through the Vice Chancellor's Scholarship scheme, you must submit your application before Wednesday, 1st February 2017. For more information about the Doctoral Training Centre, please visit the ESRC SCDTC webpage here 

How to Write a PhD Research Degree Proposal

For all applications, two academic references are required. Any offers made are subject to receipt of satisfactory references. Where possible, these should be provided as part of your application, along with your research proposal, and transcript of previous degrees.

Further information
Further information on research degrees (PhD) in Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology is available on this website, or you can contact our Postgraduate Research office.

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