Study at our Graduate School

Study a PhD in the Faculty of Social Sciences and you will join our rich community of researchers, working to answer the most pressing questions of our time.

Politics students working at table

We are committed to equipping the next generation of research leaders, offering cutting-edge training alongside your core study, enabling you to develop skills throughout your PhD. We work with you to prepare you for a professional career with research at its core, whether that be in academia, policy or industry. 

Our doctoral training programme can be tailored to your individual needs to ensure you have the right skills you need to develop your research. 

The programme is designed to exceed current UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) training and development guidelines.

Prospective students

We are looking for enthusiastic, motivated, creative, critical thinkers who are passionate about their subject and are eager to contribute to their field of research.

You will work alongside pioneering researchers across the social sciences and have a willingness to engage in professional and personal development offered by the Faculty of Social Sciences and beyond.

If this is you and you are interested in studying for a research degree in the Faculty of Social Sciences then find out more about the opportunities available or find out more about our Doctoral Training Partners.

Watch: Doctoral Training in the Faculty of Social Sciences

Director of Postgraduate Research Professor Kate Reed introduces our new Social Sciences Doctoral Training Programme available to all our postgraduate research students, regardless of your funding source. 


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