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The University of Southampton
Economic, Social and Political Sciences

Postgraduate Study

For some students their undergraduate degree is only the start of their higher education experience. After graduating at the end of your third year you may decide to go on to postgraduate study.

If you choose to study at Southampton, you will work with internationally respected academics and experience world-leading research as it happens.

Continuing your studies

Things to Consider:

More than a quarter of postgraduates surveyed felt their future employment prospects were better as a result of their qualifications, according to a 2011 report by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA).

Student loans are not usually available to Masters students and so bank loans are a popular option.

Should I do a taught course or research degree?

This choice can depend on which subject you wish to study or which career path you want to pursue. The main differences between a taught course and a research degree are:

Postgraduate Courses in Social Science:

The academic unit of social sciences offers a selection of full and part-time taught courses and research programmes

Ageing and Gerontology
Politics and International Relations
Social Statistics and Demography
Sociology, Social Policy and Applied Social Sciences

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PGR Scholarship Fund

How to apply


Studying for the MPhil/PhD is a more mature experience and closer to the real working and social world.

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